City living has its many perks. Fast and furious, there’s always something happening in any buzzing metropolis. While it’s convenient and entertaining to be within walking distance of trendy shops, “it” restaurants, the latest exhibits, theatre performances, and concerts, sometimes one can find themselves longing for some peace and quiet. Silence can be the most luxurious of gifts.
Personally, I would love to live by countryside. What’s better than being in such close proximity to the unspoiled outdoors? Life just seems much more stress free, the air seems cleaner, and the people seem happier. Not to say that countryside living is easier- farming is hard work, especially with all the competition and pricing conflicts. But removing myself from this reality, I like to image the countryside as a place of absolute serenity.
Today, I’m inspired by English Countryside Heritage fashion trends. Simple and functional, traditionally these garments were fashioned to facilitate country living. Those Hunter rain boots you love so much? Yeah, those are called Wellington boots, and before riding the fast-track to stardom, were not used as rain boots at all. Those guys were primarily used for farming, walking through deep mud, rambling through the countryside, and horse-back riding! They made their journey over to North-American boutiques only to be re-fashioned in all colours of the rainbow. You can even buy some with a heel now!
So Wellington boots aside, what else is typical of English Countryside Heritage fashion? Think of knee-length wool skirts, peg-leg trousers, tartans and plaids. While this lifestyle has been translated into a fashion trend, it has somewhat stayed true to its roots of comfort and functionality. Remember that these garments were created with a purpose (fashion does not count as a purpose, FIY 😉 ). Whether for hunting, lengthy hours of outdoor manual labour, or manning the stable, country dwellers had to be equipped!
Looking to emulate these laid-paid, nostalgic looks? Look for thick fabrics in neutral shades, and use prints sparingly. Waxed jackets were typically lined with a tartan print, and loose-fitting blouses in understated floral prints added an element of femininity.
Here’s some TÉLIO fabrics, inspired by countryside living!
So, how about you? Country or city?