What to Wear: Backstage at London Fashion Week

Hands up if you fit in to any of the following clubs when choosing outfits: The “I don’t know what to wear” club (either on a daily or occasional basis), the “I have no clothes” club (we’ve all been there) or it’s nemesis, the “I have too much choice” club. Sound familiar?

I thought I’d make this a little series on my blog – Claire Marshall has “The Struggle”, and I have this. Or what ever this is. I’m not sure yet. This week I had the sudden realisation that only ever hits you a few days before any occasion where you have to be well dressed. WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO WEAR TO FASHION WEEK. ? ! All the punctuations there. We’ve all been in situations where that happens, whether it’s daily or just occasionally (if you’re in the latter I’m so envious of you). So I thought I’d do a little guide series that will either help, or cure boredom for five minutes. I’m happy with either really…

So, London Fashion Week.

Depending on what you’re up to, it’s always different. I’m a big fan of spying backstage (something some would murder me for saying) but I’m still at that stage where I’m doing it for the love and I get to choose what I see, so of course I like it.

With backstage attendance in mind, it’s important to think about the crowded, sweaty, hair spray filled room you’re going to be entering. Often small spaces with wonky floorboards (that’s London architecture for you). In cases like this, Monochrome, minimalistic, layer lovers unite. You don’t want to be that person who is dressed so brightly they stand out in every professional backstage photo (well, I don’t anyway), if press are there the chances are they want to photograph the designers and models looking fabulous, not that blogger who wore a tropical print jumpsuit and floppy hat. Which brings me on to hats. We all know I love them. But you’ll be getting closer to strangers than you would on the tube at times and you don’t want to be obstructing someones view or poking them in the eye.

You’ll also want to layer up, as it can get pretty toasty in these small spaces, but it’s bound to be chilly the moment you step outside and at least wear sensible heels. The thicker and smaller your heel the better really – this helps to avoid injuries others and embarrassing incidents if you’re clumsy. (*points at self*) Even the most beautiful show rooms have their hair and makeup area out back of house which can be up a small, uneven staircase, or on slanted/wonky floorboards.

Obviously this is based on what you don’t want to do, but I think eliminating half of your choices still narrows it down. For me it’s all about simple, monochrome layered outfits with sleek hair and my favourite sunnies, I’ll be posting what I wear back stage later this week, so keep an eye out for that!

I’m also going to a few shows, and will probably have a wander to The Apartment and Somerset House as well as a few other events if I can squeeze them in. If these are your sole plans then you pretty much have free reign with your outfits and that is where I direct you to the mother of fashion week style – Hannah Crosskey. We both studied Psychology for a year at the same college and even then I was a massive fan of her outfits. She’s never too out there and knows her shit.


  1. Madeline Fedmont
    12 Sep 2014 / 10:07 am

    Nice post ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Daria
    12 Sep 2014 / 10:25 am

    Interesting post: I love it when bloggers come up with new original concepts for their content ! x

  3. Diana P.
    12 Sep 2014 / 10:26 am

    I can't wait for your picks and photos! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Diana P. | Cups & Roses

  4. Neeltje | Thoughts in Style
    12 Sep 2014 / 10:29 am

    I really liked reading this! x

  5. SugarSweetStyle Blog
    12 Sep 2014 / 11:03 am

    This was a great post!

    Sugar Sweet Style

  6. Lux Veritatis
    12 Sep 2014 / 11:12 am

    That's a great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the post

    By the way I'm also new to this world of blogging, so it would mean a lot to me if anyone checked out my blog? Thanks:)
    Luxveritatis.| Beauty.Fashion.Crafts

  7. elisha iveson
    12 Sep 2014 / 11:58 am

    I love how you haven't gone O.T.T and have stayed true to your style in this post ๐Ÿ™‚ have a lovely time at fashion week, I'm sooooo envious!


  8. nueyork
    12 Sep 2014 / 12:14 pm

    I can't wait to see what you wear! Have fun at fashion week. x


  9. Aerie Berrie
    12 Sep 2014 / 1:26 pm

    Have fun! x

    BerrieBlogs {beauty blog}

  10. alice
    12 Sep 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Nice post! I work really close to Somerset house and always love seeing everyone all dolled up on their way to fashion week. x


  11. Nik James
    12 Sep 2014 / 3:28 pm

    My dream is to go to London Fashion week. The street style is always so amazing, as documented very clearly by thee beautiful photo above!

    Nik x

    NIKJAMESS | Fashion & Lifestyle

  12. Sara Chergui
    12 Sep 2014 / 3:59 pm

    very nice blog post ! Love the look !


  13. Ruby Sterland
    12 Sep 2014 / 4:22 pm

    Loved these tips Suzie! I'm heading to LFW on Sunday and may have spent a good hour trying on clothes today before moaning "I have nothing to wear" (who am I kidding, I definitely did this) Heading over to Hannah's blog now! x

  14. Katie Males
    12 Sep 2014 / 4:49 pm

    love these tips! If I ever do get to go to London Fashion week (dream) then I will definitely keep these in mind! hope you have a fab time ๐Ÿ™‚ xx


  15. B Ruhamania
    12 Sep 2014 / 5:07 pm

    super:)) x

  16. alice lester
    12 Sep 2014 / 6:44 pm

    going to london fashion week must be an absolute dream!! you look great in the photo! lovely post:)
    alice x


  17. Sweets & Style
    12 Sep 2014 / 8:08 pm

    I am curious to read about the LFW on your blog! Can't wat!!

  18. Lara de Mercy
    12 Sep 2014 / 8:37 pm

    THIS serious this is really it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Haha I think everyone fits into those clubs and this is a really nice, helpful way of advice in those moments – without imposing one strict outfit ๐Ÿ˜€ Although still I am, of course, curious to see what you winded up wearing ๐Ÿ™‚ xx
    Lara| Seven Days

  19. Emma Victoria
    12 Sep 2014 / 9:05 pm

    You look amazing with the sleek look! Great post!


  20. Taslima Rahman
    12 Sep 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Great tips Suzie!!x

    GIVEAWAY | The little things in life

  21. Alexandra Mucenieks
    12 Sep 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Love the look, would love to go to london fashion week


  22. Kristiana
    12 Sep 2014 / 10:45 pm

    Love this post! Your outfit is so chic and you fit right in

    Kris | www.love-loft-life.com

  23. Sara Fleming
    13 Sep 2014 / 12:42 am

    Have a great time Suzie!


  24. Bethan Wain
    13 Sep 2014 / 11:03 am

    I hope you have a great time! Love your outfit.

    Beth | BeautyBubblesโ™ก

  25. Laura Baker
    13 Sep 2014 / 3:59 pm

    Just followed Hannah's blog, love her style! I think you look very chic and if I was attending LFW (one day!) I definitely think I would go for a simple monochrome look too. Can't go wrong with black!


  26. Jessicalaar
    13 Sep 2014 / 6:57 pm

    Lovely helpful post. I hope you have a lovely week at LFW

    Jess x

  27. Lauren S
    13 Sep 2014 / 7:59 pm

    Definitely a comfort girl with some sleek styling – always better to feel good whilst moving about the shows!
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  28. Tara Clare
    13 Sep 2014 / 10:46 pm

    I wish I was going to London Fashion Week! Have a great time ๐Ÿ™‚ Please check out and follow my Beauty and Fashion blog:


  29. Georgina
    14 Sep 2014 / 3:37 am

    Love this post! Have a great time at LFW!

    Baby Rebel

  30. Tabitha Beckett
    14 Sep 2014 / 10:14 am

    I really enjoyed reading this post, all very valid and helpful points ๐Ÿ™‚ Tabitha x

  31. Lina
    15 Sep 2014 / 1:29 am

    I really like this kind of post! cant wait for more.

  32. Connie
    15 Sep 2014 / 2:47 am

    Love this post! I feel your pain in the struggle.
    xo, Connie

  33. Margery Ho
    16 Sep 2014 / 12:39 am

    LFW looks so amazing!


  34. sara
    19 Sep 2014 / 7:10 am

    Fashion forecasts for the next year are full of solid colors among them shiny solid colors and metallics, tons of animal prints and stripes, bohemian looks as well as over sized and bulkyย 

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