A blowy break in the country is what’s needed to clear the cobwebs. Stephanie Smith has advice on how to survive.
We’ve had a few weeks back in the saddle, swerving neatly back into the daily groove, the week-in, week-out, so it’s high time to start thinking about the next break.
There has to be something to look forward to. And we’ll take any excuse to make more wardrobe purchases and investments. It’s well-known fact that shopping is, in itself, a cure for the January glums, or what are the sales for?
While some book a plane and head for the sunshine, the hardier among us like nothing better than a blowy short break by the British coast, or a stay in the wild and windy moors and Dales. As long as there is a cosy haven at the end of the day, in the form of a luxury hotel with spa, or a well-appointed holiday cottage with cosy blankets and a log fire, we are perfectly happy.
But a suitable late winter meets early spring capsule wardrobe is also essential for an enjoyable break on home shores, and here in the UK, we are fortunate to have fashion and clothing companies created especially with our climate and environment in mind.
Seasalt is a Cornwall-based brand that has been inspired by the rugged coastline and offers a great range of wearable but super-stylish clothing for all-year-round, from water and wind-proof coats and jackets to smock tops and dresses in organic cotton and shirts in chambray.
Knitwear is a British essential, needed at all times of the year, except for perhaps one or two days in high summer, so investing in high quality knits makes a great deal of sense. Based in North Yorkshire, Needle offers beautiful knitwear pieces in fine quality wools, making layering up simple to get right.
When going outdoors, make sure you wear a waterproof over wool, as damp knitwear is not what you want on a long walk in the country. On finer days, throw over a lightweight trench or cotton parka, for ease of movement combined with protection – both make ideal choices for town-meets-country breaks.
Be careful with jeans and denim too in the outdoors, as they can become sodden and heavy in a shower.
Leggings and cotton trousers are a far better option for a ramble, but don’t forget wool fine socks (preferably cashmere), plus thicker socks to wear over, and of course, quality walking footwear, gloves and a hat that keeps your ears warm and doesn’t blow off and away.