Photo by Jannes Pockele
I know this is a different four legged mammal of mystery from the last post but my brain went from wool to sheep to deer to Bambi’s mother to hunters to countryside and that’s how I came full circle and landed on this week’s fashion topic. I suppose just going from sheep to farm to countryside might have been a more logical connection but then the world would have been deprived of yet another valuable pun so here we are.
If you’re British and live in the countryside, odds are you live in something like the following, depending on aesthetics, the pesky issue of earning a livelihood and which side of the telly you are on during Downton Abbey.
I’m also pretty certain that if you live here, odds are you like walks. It is also a given that it will rain a lot, the wind will blow mercilessly (even though the weather people will call it a breeze) and, well, you do the math. Actually hang on a minute, why am I living here again? Well, it must be said that the scenery is great and you can thoroughly enjoy the outdoors for about the 5 days a year that we actually get to see the sun. For the other 360 days you need to take a couple of precautions.
You will also need all things wool, tweed, gingham, gilets and riding trousers, with the occasional fur trimmings. – bonus points if you hunted the timurous beastie yourself as a result of your beloved pastime.
Now it seems that according to shows like Escape to the country moving to the countryside is becoming increasingly popular, particularly if you have some cash to splash. If you are still in the dreamer phase however, here are a few options for you to wear when you’re pounding the pavement in your cement jungle of choice.
- Boots: Hunter, general wellies or riding boots (which are on sale).
- Jackets: Barbour, quilted, parka or gilet, all on sale! Bonus: tweed.
- Trousers: chinos here & here (on sale), high waist (in red, of course) or cargo (for practicality). Bonus: tweed.
- Jumpers: wool (on sale) and lighter options like this in blue (with split back detail), white, fluffy or open knit.