Welcome autumn, the most fabulous fashion season of the year
1. What are the essential items for a country wardrobe?
Choose an all-weather waterproof jacket, a classic pair of lightweight wellington boots, a pair of neat wearable trousers, a cashmere jumper and a fantastic trilby hat.
2. How do you strike the right balance between practicality and style for country pursuits?
Buying items suitable for the occasion is a must (with the correct technical details as necessary), but women should also look for items with a stylish and funky twist, as dressing practically doesn’t have to mean boring!
3. What statement piece should be in every woman’s country wardrobe?
A fabulously fitted tweed jacket – look out for unusual linings, quirky mismatched buttons and bright contrasting turn-up collars.
4. What makes the perfect pair of wellington boots?
When buying new boots, consider comfort and durability and whether an ankle or full-length pair would suit your needs best (but buy both, if budget allows: ankle boots are easy for short walks and gardening). When deciding on the correct size, think whether you’ll need to add shearling insoles and thick fleece welly socks or shooting stockings, even garter ties.
5. And the perfect country outerwear?
Prioritise practicality but don’t forget fit and style. Think about your life outdoors: is it enough for a coat to be merely showerproof or does it need to be completely waterproof with an added waterproof membrane? For shooting, for example, would multiple pockets, a noiseless fabric and hand-warmer pockets be useful when choosing your outerwear? Choose waterproof, breathable, durable technical and waxed cotton fabrics, plus cashmere for knitwear and cotton for tops. When dressing for country pursuits, layers are key! At Bicester Village, we have all the country labels: Barbour, Hunter and N. Peal.
COUNTRY DRESSING Bicester Village’s chief stylist Fiona Huntingford shares the secrets of classic Cotswolds autumnwear
Barbour at Bicester Village