By Kathryn Fensterstock
Ask any seasoned expert and most would agree the most efficient, and economical, way to maintain a shooting season wardrobe is to invest in key pieces with room to rotate the smaller accents. Long-term commitment may go into the perfect field coat, breeks, and Wellington boots but leaves you with the freedom to play with accessories that can float between the field and the shoot lodge, and even a relaxed weekend away once the season comes to a close. We’ve recommended a few new pieces that are budget friendly, but flexible and keep your country ensemble looking up to date.
Fairfax & Favor Boudicca boot for women, £225, www.fairfaxandfavor.com
From the duo of young entrepreneurs who have seriously shaken up countryside style over the last five years, Fairfax & Favor has been the front runner in applying contemporary designs to heritage classics. The Trafalgar is no exception, offering a Chelsea boot-style that has become popular in shoot lodges, but durable enough to battle the terrain out of doors. Made with a water-resistant and breathable membrane and a rubber commando sole, the engineering won’t let you down and neither will the level of cool. For the ladies, Fairfax & Favor offer the same approach in the Boudicca, for £225.
If a flat cap is not your thing, the Trilby design is a slightly more fashion-forward go-to for your countryside hat choice. Hicks & Brown have made a name for themselves in this department and have since expanded into more clothing and accessories. The Melford Trilby offers a feminine look, but the narrower brim ensures you do not miss a single bird.
British country brand Maude & Fox offers chic designs made using the finest quality tweed with a twist. The Patriot Gilet features a union jack celebrating all things British plus offers a nod to the mod culture which inspires Creative Director Sue Longmore. The gilet is available for both men and women and is the perfect fun and eccentric piece to add spice to the traditional ensemble.
Morris Richardson Howard Harris Tweed Watch, £189-199, www.morrisrichardson.com
For an effortless dose of elegance, no matter where your journey takes you, Morris Richardson’s watches pay homage to British heritage culture without sacrificing style. For ladies, The Howard incorporates a light green herringbone genuine Harris Tweed strap, with soft leather backing that provides a neutral palette which works with any outfit choice. The design is available in 36MM and 40MM.