I think everyone stateside is in need of some good news this week. Lucky for us, the British have come or at least the most eagerly anticipated Brit in three decades. Yes ladies and gents, the royal spawn of Prince William and the ever-so-lovely Kate Middleton is finally existent! I couldn’t be more excited- I’ve been obsessed with the Duchess of Cambridge since before she walked down the aisle in that to-die-for McQueen gown. Kate’s iconic fashion sense inspired me to do some research on British style- after all, not every British woman can look as impeccably and consistently put together as the Duchess, right? As it turns out, Brit style tends to be more refined and dressier than American style, with emphasis on sophisticated basics and layers that can stand up to temperamental U.K. weather. But there is also a sense of whimsy in British fashion, especially in the lines of modern designers such as Charlotte Olympia, Christopher Kane and Issa (a favorite of Kate’s!) So when it comes to Britain’s fashion elite, you’re just as likely to see colorful, graphic prints and costumey vintage frocks as you are Burberry trenches and Mulberry bags. The Brits are also known for their expert mixing of high and low fashion (i.e. Topshop with Chanel) All in all, British fashion is about creating the perfect match, often with unexpected components, and looking beautiful and sophisticated in the process. It’s no wonder that this is the country that gave us Will and Kate (they’re kind of the perfect couple).

While you stare at your computer screen refreshing British news sites for the latest on the Great Kate Wait, here’s a mood board of British fashion to get you pumped for the baby’s transition into the world.