It's getting darker earlier and there's a chill in the air – winter is definitely on its way.
And that means it’s time to revamp the wardrobe and invest in quality winter warmers that don’t just look great, but will keep us cosy, dry and ‘weather-proofed’ against whatever stormy days might lie ahead.
While fashion trends come and go, country style never really fades. In fact, tuck figure-skimming jeans, breeches or even jodhpurs into chunky, hard-wearing boots and top with a cosy quilted jacket with soft furry hood, and you’ll easily go from country to town.
According to Lauren Barker, Graphic Designer of equestrian and rural wear experts R&R Country, of Hemingbrough, near Selby, today’s country style can easily transfer to the town or city – with the extra benefit of offering real protection against the elements.
“Some winter fashion wear might look the part, but when the temperature really drops or the wind howls it might not quite keep you as warm and protected as you’d like.
“Quality equestrian and country wear is designed to really work against the elements keeping us cosy but at the same time letting the body breathe, so it’s comfortable, effective, and warm.”
Widely known for its quality country, shooting and equestrian-wear, R&R Country was established in 1997 by a farming family. Originally launched to cater for the equestrian market, the business has evolved in response to increasing demand from customers with country sporting interests and others who just want to embrace country-style.
It now has an extensive range of relaxed leisure and rural wear that can easily be dressed up to make the journey from country, shooting or strolling in the country to a smart day out in town.
R&R Country is now Yorkshire’s largest equestrian and country superstore, with a second store at Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
Stock includes leading labels such as country sport specialists Schoffel, master bootsman-created ‘wellies’ Le Chameau, luxury boot and accessories specialist Fairfax & Favor, and Dubarry, known for their water and outdoor clothing.
Lauren said high end country labels are becoming increasingly sought after by town and city fashion followers who want to tap into the rural style even though they might never have spent substantial time in the countryside.
“There’s a timelessness to country style, plus the knowledge that you’re wearing something that works hard to keep you comfortable and protected from the elements.
“A Schoffel tweed jacket can make a real statement in the high street, while a pair of Fairfax and Favor Imperial Explorer boots in supple Spanish leather will look equally good tucked into skinny jeans for a country walk, or with Dubarry’s kilt-style tweed mini skirt for an edgy town look.”
Key pieces to look out for are ever-stylish Schoffel Lyndon Fleece Gilets – flick through Instagram and you’ll find plenty teamed with short skirts or tight jeans and knee high boots – an ever-practical Dubarry Devlin down-filled quilted coat which can be popped into the washing machine, and R&R Country’s classic tweed jackets, breeches, gilets and hats.
For mucking out the horses or just trekking down the park with the pooch, Le Chameau’s the Vierzonord wellington boot is Le Chameau’s bestseller and a style classic. Designed to keep feet warm and dry in extreme temperatures, it can easily cope with a Yorkshire winter.
With Christmas on the horizon, R&R Country also stocks an extensive range of accessories – ideal for gifts – such as Heather Harris Tweed purses and handbags, Joules socks, Sealskinz gloves and Barmah leather and suede hats.
And there’s even something special for the dog – Earthbound’s traditional tweed dog bed will compliment your country style and keep Rover cosy, while there’s a full range of equestrian clothes and accessories.
The countdown to winter’s chill – and getting that Christmas list written – is on.
To stay warm, dry and looking good, visit R&R Country Selby or Melton store or check the website