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HOW TO DRESS FOR THE GREAT OUTDOORS

03.11.12

There’s no denying that winter’s on its way. The temperature is dropping and the days are getting shorter, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Dressing for the great outdoors is big news this AW12, so here’s our how-to guide for staying warm and dry in style.

1. The Perfect Cover Up

It all begins with the right outerwear. Not only is your coat the first thing someone else will notice, it’s also your main defence against the winter elements. A hooded parka like Bauhaus is ideal for this, with its fully-lined, ultra-soft interior and water-proof quilted exterior. Or, opt for our functional yet fashionable Willow coat in olive green. With its warming double layer and quilted gilet base, the winter chill won’t stand a chance.

2. Close-Knit

Of course when the temperature drops below zero, thick outerwear alone isn't enough. This is why knitwear is the perfect layering option, as well as serving you well during the transitional months. Holland in oatmeal is perfect for layering over a shirt or under a chunky cardigan, as well as being completely of the moment with its Fair Isle knit. Blood orange is the colour for AW12, making Buffalo another bold style choice for your outdoor look.

3. Wear the Trousers

The key to the outdoors look this season is to give it a heritage spin. Trousers are a great place to start with this, with many colours and styles lending themselves to days gone by. Crafted from pure cotton, our Brightling cord trousers in burnt amber are a classic yet current option that are bound to keep you warm. Our Sparrow trousers are another heritage-inspired style with their fine herringbone weave; dress the smart pair down by teaming with a casual shirt and knitwear.

4. Best Foot Forward

The right footwear is vital for this look, so prepare to stride practically yet stylishly through the cold months ahead. Aster in brown is the perfect alternative to a pair of leather boots with its high-top design; it will also give the trend a sporty twist. For a smarter approach, opt for our Orlando desert boots in grey suede. Teamed with a pair of chunky striped socks such as Moor, you’ll nail the outdoor look in no time.

5. Finishing Touches

Finally, it’s all about finishing off your ensemble with the right accessories. From sleek leather gloves to ribbed knit beanies, more is more when it comes to conquering the cold snap in style. Jay in indigo is both eye-catching and comfortable; an absolute essential for this trend. A textured pair of leather gloves like Tumble will add a chic touch, so team them with a chunky knit and distressed denim to keep things rugged. Add a burst of colour by opting for Whitechapel in crimson; the weather might be dark and dreary but your clothing doesn’t have to be.

Browse our complete Great Outdoors trend page here.