Before you start packing, there are some key rules worth remembering...
Keep It Simple
The most important rule to remember for country dressing is to not look too overdone. Want to wear your leather skinnies? Stick to velvet flats. Excited to give a new midi skirt an outing? Team with a chunky roll neck. Getting the smart/casual balance right is key.
Knitwear Is Key
That chunky rollneck will lend itself to both day and night dresses, so use a weekend in the country as an opportunity to wear your most stylish knits. Team with everything from aforementioned leather skinnies to muddy jeans in the daytime for seriously versatile dressing.
Keep Layering Front Of Mind
From drafty old houses to roaring fires, chances are you’ll want easy-to-layer separates with you for a weekend away. We suggest a pretty base – think a ruffle necked shirt or clever bib collar – which can be added to knitwear to elevate the look, then a maxi scarf or wrap for an extra layer that still looks chic.
Bring A Few Glam Details
A swipe of red lipstick or a statement earring can easily elevate your chunky jumper look for evening. Add a few choice accessories to your suitcase to dress up your layering essentials.
WHAT TO WHERE WHEN
For The Outdoors
You’ll need some weather-appropriate gear, but layering up in waterproofs and thermal socks doesn’t have to mean compromising on style. Add some choice accessories (on-trend hiking boots and cool headgear) to tie the look together. If you want to pack light, do your weather research: rainy conditions may demand wellies over boots.
For The Afternoon
With afternoon tea, board games and roaring fires on the agenda, you’ll want a comfortable outfit that still looks good. We advise layers of cashmere and cosy wool, whether that’s oversized sweaters or comfy leggings.
For The Evening
Your evening activities will dictate your footwear. If you’re heading out, hardwearing ankle boots are a must, while evenings in call for luxe pumps or mules. Stick to clever layering again to beat the chill and still look evening-appropriate – thick polo necks paired with dresses or cardis always work.
From thermal Uniqlo vests to cashmere accessories, these are the extra essentials worth packing for a weekend away.