Wish List to Wardrobe

Posted on 23rd Oct 2018 Categories: Fashion

As the saying goes, “The first step is admitting you have a problem.” So… I’m Ashley and I’m a shopaholic.

I am the voice of the stiletto, the champion of the little black dress and the number one fan of the tweed jacket. Nothing gives me more pleasure than the moment my fingers curl round the handles of a shiny bag in a store, knowing that in a few moments all the gorgeous things inside become mine.

As much as it pains me to say this, it’s time to ditch the summery dresses and sandals and don clothing better suited to the season. But whilst the cold weather and long nights can feel a little depressing it does mean I am able to have a lot more variety in my wardrobe. An excuse to shop! I’m ready to invest my hard earned cash. I like my money right where I can see it… sitting on my shoe rack and hanging in my wardrobe.

But what will I be purchasing this autumn? Ladies country clothing has changed drastically in recent years and has seen a surge in popularity thanks to brands like Holland Cooper, Fairfax & Favor and Gibson & Birkbeck. Gone are the days of unflattering, dull tweed skirts, 200 denier tights and old fashioned brown brogues. Twenty first century country clothing is chic, tailored and colourful. The choice is enormous but I’ve managed to choose 7 key pieces that will take me (and you) from autumn through to 2019 in style.

 

Mayfair Tweed Jacket (Fawn Blanket) by Guinea London 

A classic, trans-seasonal tweed jacket made in unique Guinea London fabric. Perfect for wearing with jeans and boots or team it with a navy skirt and Mary Janes (think Carrie Bradshaw and go for stiletto heels to keep it chic) for the ultimate office outfit. A must have for AW18.

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 Funnel Neck Cashmere Jumper (Caramel) by Brora

If you make one cashmere investment buy this season it has to be this gorgeous jumper from Brora. Made with 100% six-ply cashmere it's incredibly cosy - perfect for long winters here in Scotland! Biscuit, toffee and caramel colours were all over the catwalks of Milan and Paris recently so it's bang on trend.

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 Imperial Explorer Waterproof Boots (Oak) by Fairfax & Favor

These boots tick all the boxes -  stylish, practical and available with a choice of eye-catching tassels. What more could you want? I’ll be wearing these with a cosy knitted dress, tweed jacket and tights in the office.

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 Lady Rannoch Country Socks (Cinnamon) by House of Cheviot

Beautiful, warm country socks are a must for cold British winters. Knitted in an autumnal orange, these socks will look great with my new Le Chameau boots. Perfect for wearing in the field or on long countryside walks, they are top of my shopping list this month!

Socks are also the perfect present for any fieldsports enthusiast and are now available in a beautiful gift box (enter code cheviotsocks for 20% off).

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 Silk Scarf (A Wing & A Prayer) by Clare Shaw

In my opinion, you can never have too many scarves. They instantly add a splash of colour to an outfit. I love this print silk scarf from Clare Shaw - I'll wear with a plain orange jumper and navy jeans so the scarf is the statement piece. Hands down - scarf of the season!

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Loader Skirt (Cloudberry) by Emma Brown Tweed

This fabulous skirt from Emma's collection just screams country cool - feminine yet practical for the field, it has everything. The tweed is complemented perfectly by the exquisite lining and flattering cut - there are so many styling options with this skirt, I can't wait to experiment with Gibson & Birkbeck shirts, boots from The Spanish Boot Company and quirky accessories.

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 Powder Charlotte Hat (Pea Green) by On The Peg 

Anyone who knows me knows I have a huge hat collection. They're great for adding a splash of colour to an outfit as well as being practical. I love this hat from On The Peg - it looks great with a wide array of outfits. A beanie hat is a classic, an accessory staple and above all great for bad hair days! 

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