There’s something about this time of year that makes me want to dig out the Barbour, chuck on the tweeds and get outdoors. But this season’s country look is more lady of the manor than dog walker. Think Downton Abbey meets Savile Row and team tailored tweed with a crisp cotton shirt, tie and riding boots.
From Ralph Lauren to Burberry, the catwalks for AW12 were awash with what the industry call the English heritage look. And now, we can find everything from tweed shorts to dogtooth-print trousers on the high street.
While I am meant to be downsizing my wardrobe, I just couldn’t resist taking a look around Topshop the other week. And to my delight, I found some tweed tapered trousers that I just had to have as I knew they would look so good with a long-sleeved mustard peplum silk blouse from Aubin & Wills (another accidental purchase) that had sat languishing in my wardrobe for quite some time.
And since I’m writing about Aubin & Wills, I also found a very cool sweater that gives the illusion of being made out of tweed but is in fact 100% cotton (see the pic for an idea of the pattern).
I’ve gone a bit off the beaten track talking about what I’ve bought rather than the trend itself but, in one way of another, I hope I’m illustrating how this idea of country has seeped into my style consciousness.
Instead of going down the obvious route of a Jack Wills tweed jacket, I’ve added a few pieces to my wardrobe to revive what I already have.
Talking of which, I simply can’t wait to dig out my Alice Temperley for Barbour jacket this winter. From the moment I saw this 90s puffa-esque jacket with a fur-trim hood, I knew I could make a home for it. So come Boxing Day last year, I was straight online, comparing the best prices of this specific model. When it arrived at work presented so spectacularly in a Harrods’ box, I squealed with excitement. Yes, shamed as I am to say it, there are some things that money can buy and this Christmas present to myself falls into this category.
As for this winter, the said jacket and few purchases I have mentioned will certainly whip my style back into shape.