British Style – Union Jack Fashion

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Well, a couple of weeks ago I went to Paris (in my head) though it seems that UK bloggers Mademoiselle Robot and Vanessa Jackman were among a group whisked off to Paris for real by the lovely Eurostar.

I’m over my Parisian obsession now (unless someone wants to take me for free, obviously) and I thought it was time to look at a few hot picks with a distinctly British flavour.

The Union Jack flag gets a bad deal, being associated with some of the most unpleasant parts of British culture like the BNP and football hooliganism, so it’s about time we reclaimed it by turning it into lovely bags, T shirts and dresses, without a hint of 1990s Geri Halliwell in sight (except this one…)


For a way more classy take on the above picture that I wasn’t going to show under any circumstances Nine Zero have this braided Union Jack tunic dress for $128. I think this would look great with dark denim skinny jeans, some bright red heels and a rock and roll attitude.


New Look also have these cute frilled knickers for just £4. Though you may not want to get them out in public, or maybe you do? And indeed who am I to judge you?


Jewellery is probably my preferred way to embrace my nationality and bring out the Union Jacks, I love this Topshop Cuff by Anna Lou for £30 and this letter box and union jack charm necklace for $45.50 from Hoo La La on Etsy, which actually makes me think of my outfit from the weekend!


Finally if adorning your body with Union Jacks just isn’t your thing then buy some cute cushions and adorn your home with (left to right) My Shabby Cottage $28 Becky Oldfield at the National Maritime Museum £45 and Kimberley Dawn Cushions £25


22 Responses
  • Anne Chia
    July 30, 2009

    The Union Jack- one of my all time favorite! Good for any season & always funky! Great selections <3 the Nine Zero dress, cuff & hoolala charm neckalce! x 🙂

    • Retro Chick
      July 31, 2009

      Anne – I love the slightly different take on the Union Jack in the dress particularly.

  • Jayne
    July 31, 2009

    I love a good Union Jack! Warehouse have got a really cute Union Jack cobweb jumper that I’m just going to have to buy now for next season!

    • Retro Chick
      July 31, 2009

      Oooh, I haven’t seen that.

      Off to window shop now….

  • eyeliah
    July 31, 2009

    Oh I always loed that Geri dress, so iconic!! I like to wear my flag (Canada) too. 🙂

  • jennine
    July 31, 2009

    that jack tunic dress is a callin’ my name!
    .-= jennine´s last blog ..The things I find in my closet…. =-.

    • Retro Chick
      August 1, 2009

      Oooh, that would look great on you!

  • fritha louise
    August 6, 2009

    I’m sharing your Union Jack love at the moment, I have the cutest Union Jack chain bag from primark. Oh, and I also bought those New Look knickers the other day, they were too cute not to. Super comfy too. That dress is great. Bit out of my price range but it’s quite inspiring for a DIY!
    .-= fritha louise´s last blog ..DIY Zac Posen Inspired Studded Hairband =-.

    • Retro Chick
      August 6, 2009

      Oooh, I’d love to see if you come up with a DIY version of that dress!

  • the capitol fashionista
    August 6, 2009

    i love the union jack! that dress is hot.
    .-= the capitol fashionista´s last blog ..Deal of the Day: The Gap =-.

  • Meg
    August 7, 2009

    The union jacket dress is amazing!
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Best Dressed on July 2009 =-.

  • Fabulous Finds Gal
    August 8, 2009

    Great post! Congrads on being in the top 20 IFB this week for this post.
    .-= Fabulous Finds Gal´s last blog ..Weekend Read~ "Feminine Mystique" Fashion Links a’ La Mode Top 20 Independent Fashion Bloggers List =-.