, 2022-11-11 10:00:00,
By Katerina Panayiotou
Our love of the Y2K revival has finally met its match: the chilly autumn weather. Micro-mini skirts, cut-out crop tops and mesh dresses have all fallen in the face of mounting rain and the premonition of winter frosts. In this time of need, we have turned once again to our esteemed teen movie style icons for guidance.
Enter: the Frazzled English Woman Aesthetic.
A somewhat clunky label for an autumn style transition, this aesthetic draws on the vestiges of American obsession with ‘Cool Britannia’ left over from the late nineties, and the endearing neuroticism of protagonists like Bridget Jones and Kate Winslet’s Iris from The Holiday. The aesthetic draws on personality as much as style – rushing into a lecture late will be the perfect complement to the striped button-up you’ll be wearing as you do so. Our approaching annual viewing of Love Actually will become even more trendy (beyond its Christmassy significance) as we all unwittingly spend the rest of the year dressed up as Emma Thompson.
Indeed, many Y2K trends do still nestle into this niche– skinny knitted scarves, jewel-toned overcoats and long, patterned skirts will surely reach a peak of popularity in the coming months. Pair these with a mustard-yellow beret and an overstuffed tote bag and you will be the darling of the Michaelmas Billy B….
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