City girls keen to join the country set

Fling: Check Godet dress, �70, Katie roll neck top, �22, Nila bag, �45, and Regents bangles, �16, Monsoon (08448 110068 /
Fling: Check Godet dress, �70, Katie roll neck top, �22, Nila bag, �45, and Regents bangles, �16, Monsoon (08448 110068 /
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With this year’s fashion focus so closely fixed on the Royal Family, it was only a matter of time before designers took their cue from the Queen and co.

From equestrian show ponies to tartan armies, the heritage look stalked the catwalks this year as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Fendi all worked countryside glamour, turning traditional plaids and checks into today’s top trend.

Classic: Glenda dress, �195, Lettie sweater, �79, cable knit sweater, �165, Cabbages & Roses (0208 487 2032 /

Classic: Glenda dress, �195, Lettie sweater, �79, cable knit sweater, �165, Cabbages & Roses (0208 487 2032 /

Both relaxed and formal, this rustic look is all about cosy, winter-friendly daywear.

And whether you want to channel traditional heritage or an urban edge, there’s more than one way...

highland fling

You don’t need a country pile – or a palace – to dress up in heritage checks.

Become the baroness of your own front garden with tartan, houndstooth and Prince of Wales checks.

These plaids can look subtle and serious in a neutral or earthy colour palette, or fun and irreverent in bright shades and bolder prints.

Checks are adorning just about everything this season.

Either smarten up in a tailored suit, or keep things light-hearted with a flippy, kilt-inspired skirt or a minimalist shift dress.

If you really want to play on the posh totty look, accessorise with pearls and heeled loafers.

Avoid stick-in-the-mud stilettos at all costs.


From stables to streetwear, the equestrian look has galloped ahead of autumnal trends. Even horsey prints and accessories are riding high in the style stakes.

This look is all about the legs – if they’re one of your best assets, swap the leggings for skinny jodhpur trousers.

Opt for camel for a true stable girl look or, for a more flattering effect, stick to deep wine tones.

For a head-to-toe horsey effect, team your jodhpurs with a fitted blazer in navy or tweed. Cord and velvet trims will really boost your dressage skills.

Whether you want to go all out or simply add an equestrian edge, riding boots are your key accessory to instantly make everything countrified.

They should always be flat, leather and black or brown.

Just remember a riding hat is going a touch too far...

local yokel

If you’re a great outdoors addict, an overcoat is an essential purchase.

Think Barbour-inspired styles with quilted fabric, contrast trims and even elbow patches.

An instantly recognisable heritage cover-up is the easiest way to nail this trend.

There’s no shortage of options for the outerwear-inclined and with woolly tartan, wax jackets and padded coats on the market, one thing you won’t be is cold or wet this winter.

Farmer Giles may be your fashion inspiration but tweed flat caps are a no-go scarecrow area.

Keep things glam by teaming your country coat with a felt fedora in a statement autumnal hue such as claret, berry or rust.

Your look should say British style icon, rather than Emmerdale old timer, though.

made in chelsea

If you’re a city girl through and through, you don’t have to get your feet muddy to put your stamp on this look.

No longer reserved for farmers and OAPs, fabulous tweeds should be your country uniform of choice.

Aim for a preppy look by working tweed into heritage style separates such as skirts, blazers and dresses in the classic beige colourway.

As a country fraud you can go wild, pulling together a combination of tweeds, vintage florals, lace and velvet to give your look a modern eclectic touch.

Finish your look with a classic pair of Chelsea ankle boots.