English Reality TV Star Style: The Only Way is Essex vs. Made in Chelsea

If you’re planning on taking a trip to the UK soon, at some point during your stay you’re inevitably going to be faced with the words TOWIE, vajazzle, or even hear the phrases well jel, or reem. If you’re already feeling completely lost, and you don’t have any UK-based friends to find out what the heck I am talking about, then fear not, I am about to enlighten you with some very interesting English style subcultures. 

For anybody that has already had the luxury of visiting the UK, they will likely have noticed the sheer abundance of accents and style tribes within extremely short distances from each other. Accordingly, clever television executives have tapped into this idea, creating a reality TV show based on the lives of some twenty-somethings living in Essex, a region outside of London. Please welcome the very addictive The Only Way is Essex or TOWIE for short. Similar to the effect that Snooki has had on New Jersey’s reputation, these peeps have had on Essex’s!

The Only Way Is Essex

One of the most important elements of the show is that people living within this area take great pride in their appearance, but it depends upon your own personal preference regarding whether they could actually be labeled as fashionable or not. It’s an English trait that girls wear lots of makeup and not much clothes, but Essex girls take these glamorous stakes to a whole new level. We’re talking fake tan, a couple of sets of fake eyelashes at the same time, caked on eye makeup, big voluminous hair, perfect manicures, skin tight and usually sparkly clothing, and vajazzles. Yes, the Essex girls are decorating their lady gardens with diamante stones (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!). Most worrying of all, however, is the fact that these women are so addicted to looking perfect and immaculately groomed that they are also rather addicted to Botoxand plastic surgery, and yes, they’re still only in their twenties.

Made In Chelsea

In stark contrast, and in competition, is the reality show Made in Chelsea. As you’ve probably already guessed, it follows the lives of a select few rich young people living in London’s affluent Chelsea area. The show provides the audience with a glimpse into life in high society, where the cast are rich enough to be dripping with designer clothing and jewellery, and quite obviously opt for a British heritage look. Interestingly, the show also featured the Topshop heiress Chloe Green. Check out cast member Millie Mckintosh's chic style during London fashion Week, right. 

If the traditional British heritage look quite simply isn't for you, you don’t just have to wear hunting boots and a quilted jacket to get a British-inspired look. Take a leaf out of the Essex girls’ book and vajazzle away! 


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