It’s getting to that time of year again: leaves are falling from the trees, there are more rainy days than sunny ones, and the temperature is taken a sharp downward turn. It’s autumn. Now, these environmental and atmospheric changes may be gradual. But we can almost guarantee that there will be one day in particular when you head out of the house and realise that you definitely can’t get away with going out without a jacket anymore. So, it’s time to start prepping your autumn and winter wardrobe. The best way to go? Practical yet stylish. After all, you don’t want to freeze for the sake of fashion alone. The good news is that you can, in fact, have it all: warmth, comfort and an impressive aesthetic. How? Well, adding a little country charm to your wardrobe. Here are a few things to consider when curating your look.
Gone are the days of wearing bright, bold colours. It’s time to start opting for darker tones that will attract and withhold as much warmth as possible. This means plenty of black items. However, it doesn’t have to all be doom and gloom. Take inspiration from the natural world around you for a touch of colour. Think of warm, deep red tones, shades of forest green and perhaps even the odd dash of mustard yellow.
Now, down to the essentials. You should seriously consider investing in a few staple, signature items. These are the things that you will get a lot of wear out of. Let’s start with your feet. Your feet are going to be in close contact with the frosty floor, so you want something contained, waterproof and with grip to avoid slips. Walking boots are a great option. Next, outerwear. A high-quality coat forged of durable materials is a must. Consider country tweed clothing by Schofell. These items often have thick, piled fabric for preserving warmth, or wax-like finishing that gives you the benefit of a waterproof jacket. Finally, the age-old cold weather essentials: hats, gloves and scarves. You can opt for matching sets or mix and match. This is perhaps simplest with black, as mix and match items can look more uniform in this shade.
If there’s any time of year to start considering sporting a little facial hair, now is the time. A strong beard can essentially function as a jumper for your face, warding off chills and breezes. So start growing, preening and shaping your beard and moustache for a scruffy, yet endearing, country worker/lumberjack look. There are plenty of guides out there that can help you to choose the right style for your face shape or general aesthetic. Now, this is going to require some time, unless you have an impressively fast growth rate. So have patience. As the saying goes: good things come to those who wait.
Before long, you’ll be cosy and warm even while you are out of doors, without having to sacrifice functionality or practicality for your impressive new look. It’s a win-win situation. So start curating your country look before you’re left out in the cold.