How to Wear:
Look at any street style photographs from the S/S 18 fashion shows in October and one trend stands out above the rest. 'Heritage' fashion can mean many things to many people, however in this sense and the sense we love it most, it means a very British look that embraces patterns and textures that have found their origin on the British Isles. Think Prince of Wales check, Harris Tweed and Plaid Shirts. Throw in a silk Hermes scarf with a horse or two in the print and a classic Gucci snaffle loafer and what you have is a style that throws a not so subtle nod to the traditional English Country style I'm sure we are all familiar with.
For the finest example of Heritage dressing we need look no further than our very own Queen, who (and maybe inadvertently) styles this look to utter perfection. A pleated plaid skirt, tweed blazer and silk scarf creates a look that wouldn't look out of place on the front row of a fashion week show. Country style is something this country does best with established and world revered companies such as Hunter, Barbour and Aigle having long provided us with stylish and hard wearing country clothing. Hunters appeal sky rocketed after Kate Moss's infamous Glastonbury visit where she paired her farmers favourite hunter wellies with the shortest of shorts and dresses. Harris Tweed have been providing the most incredible and one of the most recognisable elements of Heritage style since the....
For 2018 Heritage has had the most stylish of updates, with models and editors making the style their own and re working it to suit the city. A smart tweed blazer is worn too big and belted at the waist, check trousers are cropped at an ankle swinging length and trench coats make a statement worn with a short dress. Whatever your style there is a way we can all put a bit of Heritage into our A/W wardrobe.
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Classic's Never Age
The fantastic thing about this trend is, and especially as Brits, that we probably all have an item of clothing that has a nod towards this trend whether it be something small like a feather topped fedora or something more obvious like a tweed blazer. If there isn't something already in your wardrobe, its easy to add a heritage look to your style with one purchase. A tweed jacket is a timeless edition to any wardrobe and will always be in style. Update it for this trend by belting it at the waist, and pair it with a chunky roll neck and a pair of dark rinse jeans. Add our classic 'Pollino' boot for the finishing touch and you've created a classic, elegant look with a nod towards the Heritage trend.
Play with Proportions
Winter is a fantastic season for wearing things over-sized. Look at any street style images of fashionistas working this style and what is evident is that over-sized is best! Sound frumpy? Not so! Over-sized men's jackets are buttoned up and tugged of the shoulders to keep it feminine and keep your proportions in check. Check trousers worn wide in the leg but belted tight at the waist create a sophisticated and curvaceous look combined with a slim cashmere jumper. Trench coats worn huge and billowing paired with a short leather skirt and fair isle knit creates a fun and fashionable look. Our 'Orso' ankle boot would look perfect with a tweed mini skirt, check shirt and long trench coat!
When styling this look think about the textures and fabrics you are using. Its a very textile orientated trend, Heritage being about fabrics and clothing produced in this country for 100's of years. Think the rough and warm texture of tweed, against the smooth wool of a check pencil skirt and the buttery soft leather of a worn to death Mulberry handbag. Layers are a fantastic way of building texture and of playing with proportion, creating a tactile and interesting look. Work a mid length check skirt with an asymetric hem with our 'Leone' over the knee boot in Khaki. Pair with a soft roll neck jumper and a long coat draped over your shoulders. Add a fur stole for extra texture and an elegant flourish.
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We have fallen in love with this trend this season, and its one we really can all work into our wardrobes. However the best thing about this trend is its timelessness. The fabrics this style is built out of have stood the test of time for a reason; they are hard wearing, beautifully crafted and effortlessly stylish. The way Heritage is styled this season may not last for ever, but the pieces it is created from will. Tweed jackets will always tailor a casual look to perfection, a trench coat will always be the most versatile and elegant edition to any wardrobe and a beautiful pair of hand made leather boots will last through trend after trend.
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