The cold weather has been creeping in slowly but surely. You know the mornings are getting cold when the Spaniel doesn't want to venture out of his bed in the mornings! However, we do have to brave the weather at some point. What better way to do it than in country style? Country style has grown in recent years, the style is a timeless classic look, linked very close to British heritage.
Country clothing is a classic look, that even celebrities are wearing, just recently we have seen the Duchess of Cambridge in the classic Dubarry Bracken Jacket in Heath. Take a trip to the races and you will see Clare Balding in the beautifully made Fairfax and Favor Heeled Regina Boots. It's been a pleasure for us to supply country clothing, country footwear and accessories across the nation.
Now we're here to spread some country inspiration your way with outfits that are sure to keep you warm, dry and in keeping with the quintessential country look this winter.
Men's Country Outfits
It's all about the layers…
When layering is done right, you won't feel that winter chill half as much.
When putting an outfit together we start with the base layers, close to skin they are perfect for keeping you warm. For this outfit we suggest the Laksen Lomond Base Layer, made from 90% Merino and 10% silk, they are luxuriously soft, leaving you comfortable so you can carry out your daily tasks. Believe it or not when Merino wool and silk are combined they result in a highly usable fabric for all-climate clothing.
It keeps you warm without overheating in the cold, and will leave you comfortably cool when temperatures rise. Merino wool and silk absorb water up to 30% of their weight , so the fabric will wick away moisture away from your skin whilst letting it breath. Merino wool will also remain warm when wet. The Lomond Base Layers are available in leggings, a zip neck top, and a v-neck t-shirt.
The Hoggs of Fife Bracken Micro Fleece-Lined Shirt is a classic country checked shirt but with the added extra of a lovely soft micro fleece lining which is fitting if you don't like the idea of base layers. It is a hard wearing, smart shirt. The check is a subtle colour so you can match it to most colours.
Next up we have the Musto Glemsford Fleece Gilet, made from Polartec fleece, it provides you with warmth, is highly breathable and if you get caught out in that unexpected rain shower it dries quickly. The snug collar and drawcord at the hem also helps keep the wind out and the warmth in. This gilet is lightweight so is perfect as a mid layer underneath a coat, or pair with a shirt for that ultimate smart country look.
Now, leaving the house without a good quality, insulated coat is never a good idea in winter, whether you're just popping down to the local farm shop or you’re off out for a day in the field shooting. We believe the optimal coat for this is the Schoffel Ptarmigan Superlight Coat, it is insulated and is still super lightweight. This coat has a GORE-TEX lining ensuring it is 100% waterproof, windproof and highly breathable, unwanted moisture will not be an issue! The outer fabric is Meryl, this fabric is noted for its strength, abrasion resistance and non absorption of moisture into the fibres. The Superlight is a sporty cut for unrestricted lift when shooting, whilst retaining smart looks if you were heading out.
Our very own Allcocks Moleskins are 100% brushed cotton which means nothing but comfort and warmth. They offer superb durability, and a great choice for those with an outdoor occupation. Even though they are durable enough for work they are also smart enough if you heading out for an evening meal, although we do suggest a clean pair! The only decision needed to be made now is the colour, as these quality moleskins are available in seven different colours.
All that's left now is to choose some country footwear. For this we have chosen the Dubarry Kerry Boots, these boots are both versatile in classic country style and highly practical. The lining of these boots is GORE-TEX, banishing wet feet for good. These boots are available in both leather or suede. The leather or suede outer is made from Dubarry's DryFast-DrySoft this means it absorbs less moisture requiring 70% less time to dry.
As with all natural products such as leather and suede, good after care is essential to maintain their beauty and effectiveness.
Shop The Look:
Laksen Lomond Thermal Leggings - £85.00
Laksen Lomond Thermal V-Neck T-Shirt - £75.00
Musto Glemsford Fleece Gilet - £125.00
Schoffel Ptarmigan Superlight Coat - £429.95
Allcocks Moleskin Jeans - £69.00
Dubarry Kerry Leather Ankle Boot - £279.00
Men's Country Accessories
Now we have the perfect outfit to keep you warm in the countryside this winter, it wouldn’t be complete without accessories! Hats, gloves and scarves are the perfect trio for keeping you warm, we have chosen our favourites below.
For the hat we have chosen the Musto Trapper Hat, it is lined with faux fur and is luxuriously thick for the ultimate in head warmth. This hat has fold down ear flaps, and a tie at the bottom to secure them snuggly.
Next up we have the scarf, for this we have chosen Schoffel Merino Checked Scarf in Ochre. This beautiful, soft-feeling Merino scarf is made from 100% pure Merino wool. It has the added detail of tassels for style and is perfect for wrapping up warm.
Schoffel’s Sandringham Tweed & Leather gloves are the perfect accessory when out and about, your hands will remain warm, as well as stylish with the tweed matching Schoffel’s current tweed collection. These gloves are lined with 100% lambswool meaning your hands will be cosy, and with the adjustable brass button on the sides, you can adjust the cuff for added comfort. The leather on these gloves is 100% cowhide, so as with all our quality country clothing these gloves will last and last.
We don’t always think about socks when we think of staying warm, but we have all had cold feet, and it isn’t pleasant! The best socks are the Darn Tough Mountaineering Over-the-Calf Socks, made from 73% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon and 2% Lycra, these socks are all weather performance socks, warm in the winter and cool in the summer. These socks have a performance fit which means they won’t slip on feet as your walking, therefore, no blister!
Shop the look:
Musto Fur Lined Hat - £32.00
Schoffel Merino Check Scarf - Ochre - £79.95
Schoffel Tweed Glove - Sandringham - £59.95
Women’s Country Outfits
Ladies don’t think we have forgotten about you!
What’s going on in the world of women’s country fashion? Well, quite a lot, actually! Country attire for women has been ever growing, and with wide ranges and collections available it’s never been easier to get the country look and absolutely rock it.
Starting with the Laksen Hen Poplin Shirt, available in Light Blue and Cream with pheasants motifs makes this shirt great for informal and formal occasions. It has a smart feminine cut which gives the shirt that elegant look and is 100% cotton which makes it very comfortable. Layer with the Schoffel Cotton Cashmere Cable V-Neck for that smart, classic, country look.
The Schoffel Cotton Cashmere Cable V-Neck is made from 85% cotton, 15% cashmere, when these two materials are used together they create a exquisitely soft fabric, that is breathable, making it warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Next up the Schoffel Burley Fleece, these fleeces should be in everyone's wardrobe! This cosy and flattering fleece is designed for keeping you warm and it also looks very smart. The Burley Fleece is made from supremely soft quick trying fleece which is ideal if you get caught out in that unexpected rain shower. Finished off with an Alcantara trim this fleece is very smart.
The Schoffel Ptarmigan Ladies Tweed Coat in Cavell Tweed is made from Schoffel’s innovative, lightweight and washable tweed woven in an English mill. The tweed is 100% pure new wool; lambswool for the softness and worsted wool for strength and durability. This coat has a GORE-TEX lining, making the coat 100% waterproof, windproof and highly breathable, this lining will keep you warm and dry on the coldest and wettest of days. It has two micro fleece lined hand warming pockets, so did you forget your gloves? No problem, they will be warm in no time as these pockets are very cosy.
Finally for the footwear, we have the Fairfax and Favor Imperial Explorer Boots, available in Mahogany or Oak leather, they are the proud winner of the 2017 New Footwear Product award at the the Shooting Industry Awards. This elegant boot is carefully handcrafted in waxed leather and is lined with a water resistant and breathable membrane. I have a pair of these boots myself and can say they are so comfortable! They look great on your feet and are the stylish alternative to your everyday green welly. They are perfect for tackling any country excursion as they have a Vibram Sole, the vibram sole is a hardwearing, durable and long lasting sole, meaning miles of walking. These boots have interchangeable tassels, so you can change the tassels to match the your outfit, with over 15 different colours available.
Shop the look:
Laksen Hen Poplin Shirt - £85.00
Schoffel Burley Fleece - £179.95
Schoffel Ptarmigan Ladies Tweed Coat - £599.95
Women’s Country Accessories
There are a collection of ladies accessories that give you that classic country look but are also practical for many occasions. Take a look below.
Starting with the Schoffel Tenies Hat, this bobble hat is great for keeping your head warm this winter. It has a micro fleece headband liner, to keep your ears warm, and it's made from thick ribbed knit sure to keep your head cosy and protected from the wind.
Next up we have the Alan Paine Ladies Tweed Combrook Gloves, they are ideal for keeping you warm as the days get colder. These gloves are made up of soft leather and 100% wool tweed outer to give you that stylish look to your outfit. The lining of these gloves are 100% cotton, so they are lovely and soft, keeping your hands warm.
The Hicks and Brown Suffolk Fedora Hat is a true timeless piece made from wool, available in a variety of colours, with many choices of feather designs to choose from. You can choose from the feather wrap around, or just a combination of feathers at the side of the hat that fasten behind a tan belt. Each hat has its own individual twist, as each feather is placed in the hat by hand, ensuring no hat is the same. As feathers are a natural product, the colours vary in every hat.
Finally we have the Fairfax & Favor Mini Windsor Handbag, no outfit would be complete without one! The Mini Windsor is one of Fairfax & Favor’s newer editions to their handbag range. This handbag is the descaled version of the ever popular Windsor handbag. It has full grain leather side paneling, with a suede exterior and lined interior giving you that elegant look. The interchangeable mini tassel means you can change to match whichever outfit you're wearing.It is the perfect handbag for all your day-to-day essentials.
Shop the look:
Schoffel Tenies Hat - £44.95
Hicks & Brown Suffolk Fedora Hat - £89.00
Fairfax & Favor Mini Windsor Handbag - £265.00