With the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the forthcoming Olympics, this is the best time to show off your patriotic colours.

The Carnaby Street-based brand Lambretta Clothing is going all out with their Union Jack fine gauge sweater (pictured right). It's 100% cotton and priced £60 from www.lambrettaclothing.co.uk





Fly the Flag top to toe and team with a pair of Clarks Original desert boots in blue canvas print. Clarks brought out four new desert boot designs to celebrate British Rock Royalty. The faded Union Jack print on this boot symbolises the British punk movement, but for this year it can treble up for the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics.

Price £89 from www.clarks.co.uk

Definitely not giving the elbow to the celebrations is this Lambretta Union Jack elbow fine gauge sweater. Available in navy, light blue and grey.

Price £60 from www.lambrettaclothing.co.uk




And when the weather turns chilly, team with the Next Union Jack gilet so your elbow patches will still be on display. Next Union Jack gilet, priced £35 from www.next.co.uk

Another desert boot from the Clarks Originals British Rock Royalty collection is the red fabric boot. This really pays homage to the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper and '60s psychedelia.

But it is also made from the same red Hainsworth fabric used for the uniforms of the Royal Guards, so we can pay homage to the Queen’s Jubilee too. Like the uniform, it is decorated with gold piping and button trims.

Price £89 from www.clarks.co.uk


Don’t carry the world on your shoulders, just Great Britain with Lambretta’s polo shirts. From the front they are plain white or navy, but turn around and you’ll make a patriotic impact.

Made from 100% cotton they are priced £35 each from  www.lambrettaclothing.co.uk

Wear with red, white or navy chinos. 

Although not a British brand, Sebago are hoisting up our colours with their new Patriot Docksides. 

Colour ways: 

  • White with red leather trimming and navy insoles
  • Blue with white leather trimming and red insoles

However the best part is the transparent sole which reveals the Union Jack. 

The Patriot is still a functional boat shoe with its slip-resistant and non-marking rubber sole, so if you’ve been invited to join the Thames Diamond Jubilee Flotilla, then they won’t let you down!

Available soon from www.sebago.com, priced around £115.

In Black and White 

Don’t worry if this is all too bright and bold; turn off the colour and go monochrome with:

Lambretta‘s grey version of their Union Jack fine gauge sweater. Price £60 from www.lambrettaclothing.co.uk

Wear with black, grey or white trousers.

Simon Carter’s Brighton Union Jack bag looks striking in silver grey. Also available in purple and the traditional red, white and (pale) blue.

Price £150 from www.simoncarter.net






Karen Grace studied Personal Styling at the London College of Fashion and is a registered affiliate member of the Federation of Image Professionals International. You can read more of Karen's fashion advice at:

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