Blaise Dyer: British Heritage Trend for Autumn/Winter 12

As the weather starts to get colder it’s time to dust off your crombie, pull out your Barbour and slide on your riding boots. Whether you are city living and country dreaming, or just a country girl with a penchant for chic, now is the time to embrace the great outdoors – or at least the AW trend  (if you’re not the outdoorsy type).

We’re talking tweed, plaid, herringbone, amongst other luxurious fabrics and if you are looking for an excuse to get patriotic – the past year and a half has held the best in Brit-inspiration: last summer we had Will and Kate’s big day, this year the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee, triumph at the Olympics – not to mention the more trivial (yet oh so important) return of Made in Chelsea on our screens and it seems Downton Abbey has caused quite a stir in the fashion field with its 1920’s British glamour. It seems only right that fashion takes the forefront in expressing our love for our British roots. So if you are channeling British style icon, Alexa Chung, with a pair of Chelsea boots and a Barbour jacket – don’t forget the ever crucial Mulberry.

To create your own look, Holland Cooper is the go to for limited edition luxury; a day at the races or an evening event, their collections will take you from day to night – from Chelsea to the country.

We love their Chelsea coat in herringbone and diamond snake (£525), worn with on trend jodhpurs to really complete the British Heritage look or with black skinny jeans and a pair of killer heels for what we like to call ‘country chic’.

If you’re feeling brave, with this trend, try a matching suit, a la Tommy Hilfiger or indulge in some millinery delights for a day at the races – Philip Treacy is a personal favourite.

If you are looking for something a little less pricey, try my all time favourite for classic pieces at great prices – Zara. With an abundance of beautiful blazers (including many variations of tweed) you’ll be spoilt for choice. So it’s time to embrace your British Heritage – The Lady of the Manor is taking the catwalk by storm.

Blaise Dyer

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