Glorious Clothing for the Glorious Twelfth

Posted on 28th Jun 2017 Categories: Shooting

With the Glorious Twelfth almost upon us (45 sleeps to be precise), when better to cherry pick the best country clothing on the market? We have the low down on technical tweed shooting jackets, classic country shirts and those all-important accessories. 

Style, comfort and functionality is key. Smart dress reflects the traditions but you need to keep warm and dry to ensure you have a great experience and lots of fun.

Shooting Jacket

A good shooting jacket isn’t cheap but as the saying goes, “buy cheap, buy twice”. You need to see it as an investment. If you’re a keen shot you’ll spend a lot of time out in the field during the season so it’s money well spent. We love Musto’s Whisper GORE-TEX Jacket. A 2-layer GORE-TEX liner provides windproof, waterproof and breathable protection, while a durable water repellent coating allows water to sit on the jacket’s surface instead of seeping through. Add PrimaLoft insulation for incredible warmth and designated cartridge pockets and you have the best shooting jacket available! £449.00

 

Shirt & Gilet

A shirt and gilet are usually worn beneath the jacket for extra warmth (or instead of in the warmer summer months). A good shooting shirt is hard to find but this Ilkley style from Alan Paine is a staple in our fieldsports wardrobe. It has a classic shooting silhouette which means unhindered movement (no excuses for missing those pesky birds) and is made from a soft, minimal iron cotton fabric – essential for when you’re eager to get out on the hill! £44.99

 

 

Look no further than Schoffel for the ultimate gilet. Their Oakham Fleece Gilet is a versatile layering piece or is great worn over a shirt on warmer days. Available in 9 colours, there’s something for everyone – Forest Green is perfect for wearing on the grouse moors as it’s best to avoid blindingly bright colours (grouse are likely to be spooked and not present a sporting target) and blend in with the rich greens and purples of the moorlands. £139.95


Tweed Cap & Tie

dents_harris_tweed_capYou can’t go wrong with a classic tweed cap – it’ll keep your head warm and dry in all weathers. We’re fans of this Harris Tweed cap from Dents. Fully lined with quilted satin and just £39! At that price, you won’t think twice about having one in each colour. £39.00

 

No gentleman would willingly join a shooting party without his tie – the formality of such an occasion demands it! Luckily there is an abundance of gorgeous ties available these days. Fur Feather and Fin have a great selection – we suggest their silk tie in feather design (matching cuff links are available if you’re feeling extravagant) for a classic, yet stylish addition to your attire. £27.00


Trousers

Breeks are commonplace in the shooting field – they might seem a little odd but are exceptionally comfortable. Philip Morris & Son have a great selection of tweed breeks to choose from but we recommend the Musto GORE-TEX Tweed Breeks. They are quite expensive but you must pay for quality! They are made from Lovat Mill tweed and feature a GORE-TEX liner which is fully wind and waterproof. They are also machine washable at 30° - think of the money you’ll save on dry cleaning! £249.00


Socks & Garter Ties

Where shooting socks and garter ties are concerned, look no further! Made from a merino wool blend, our socks are also fully reinforced throughout the foot to ensure comfort, longevity and value for money. Our range boasts luxury, eye-catching socks in a variety of styles and colours. Our favourite is style Rannoch in classic Burgundy with matching garter ties – this season’s best accessory. £39.95


Footwear

As we’re not blessed with sunny, dry weather here in Blighty, footwear must be sturdy, comfortable and waterproof. Le Chameau has a variety of beautiful hand-crafted boots for all country pursuits. What do we wear? Our chosen boot is the iconic Chasseur. It is available in 8 calf sizes, is leather lined, waterproof and has a shock-absorbing, insulated and all-terrain sole. Quick tip: their ‘How to choose your sole’ section offers great advice for anyone needing help choosing the correct footwear. £340.00 

 

Here’s to a smashing, stylish and safe season ahead!

~ Ashley