Countryside Outfits for Your Greatest Escape Yet
Those seeking sanctuary in the Great British Countryside for your next getaway, heed our advice on what to wear
Before you book that summer holiday and jet-off abroad, why not look a little closer to home: the Great British Countryside. With a rural retreat for every type of escapist, from the wellness-seeking to the modern explorer, there’s every reason to visit its most captivating locations this season. But what to wear? Serendipitously, it seems countryside outfits and staples are back in fashion’s favour, from traditional knits to wax jackets - the perfect place to start your packing. On that note, let this Liberty guide show you both where to go and what to wear as you escape to the country.
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For the Culture Vulture
A magnet for creatives, foodies and history buffs, if you’ve yet to visit Bruton - the quaint village that’s nestled away in the Somerset hills - you’ve got so much to look forward to: Hauser & Wirth’s Somerset art gallery, award-winning restaurants, boutiques, it’s architectural mix and plenty of artisan-run stores. A couple of hours outside London and known affectionately as the Notting Hill of the West, you’ll want an outfit that’ll keep you cool as you traverse its trails, but also feels refined enough for a coveted seat at Osip, At the Chapel, or another of this idyll’s incredible eateries. Our advice? Embrace the return of 70s fashion by wearing La DoubleJ's eclectic Mini Magnifico Dress, £890 with Liberty's equally glamorous Black With Print Angular Sunglasses, £140, a pair that's packed with retro flair.
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For the Explorer
The Lake District, Cumbria
In need of a literal escape to the country? Well, book your annual leave, logoff and head straight to the Lake District; its picturesque mountainscapes, stretches of crystal-clear water and convenient lack of phone signal will have you forgetting about work in no time at all. An outdoorist's paradise, expect hikes, sailing and maybe even a visit to the Beatrix Potter museum. But what to pack, you ask? Think: practical, weather-proof essentials that won’t compromise your honed sense of style, like Ganni's Heavy Twill Jacket, £375. Underneath, tap into your layering know-how by pairing the MONTHLY COLOURS MAY Pleated Tunic, £185 by Pleats Please Issey Miyake with Liberty's Lemon Blossom Silk Satin Resort Short Set, £350. Let the rambling begin.
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For the Peace-Seeker
Boasting nearly 800 square miles of unspoilt countryside, the Cotswolds is home to tranquil villages filled with honey-hued cottages, winding lanes and rolling countryside, the kind of quintessentially English scenes you’d expect to find on your grandma’s collectable biscuit tin. With its fair share of luxury hotels, it’s up there with the most desirable locations if you’re after blissful peace and quiet, but before you check into Soho Farmhouse or No.38 The Park, ensure you prepare all the comfort-bringing necessities. For daytime, pair KITRI's Bunty Blue Stripe Knitted Dress, £165 with something just as plush like Ganni's Graphic O-Neck Pullover Peach Jumper, £245. After dark, you’ll want to lean into the Cotswolds’ cosy ambience and enjoy a decadent night in, so order room service and slip into your dreamiest pyjamas (from Liberty, of course). When it comes to drifting off into dreamland, our Floral Eve Tana Lawn™ Cotton Pyjama Set, £225 are the ones to go for.
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The Well(ness) Wisher
We're half way through 2023 - a pretty stressful year, we’re sure you’ll agree - so booking yourself into a sprawling country estate with cleansing spa treatments, manicured gardens and luxury services is probably high up on your wishlist, right? With several editor-approved spa hotels to choose from, like Beaverbrook and Pennyhill Park, Surrey will spoil you for choice. If you’re tempted to visit one of its temples dedicated to mind, body and soul, again, you’ll want to segment your suitcase into two. Because care-free relaxation is your aim, couple Ganni's Cotton Poplin Blouse, £165 with Loewe's Anagram Baggy Jeans, £825 for an effortless daytime look with feel-good factor. But as these wellness weekends are also about unapologetic indulgence, have an elegant evening look prepared for your table at your resort’s dining room. FARM Rio’s Black Enchanted Nature Midi Dress, £330 is perfect in every way.
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For the Traditionalist
Haworth, West Yorkshire
If you think of tweed, dog walks across moorland, charming pubs and nights spent in front of a log burner whenever you hear the words “country retreat,” firstly consider yourself a traditionalist and secondly, look to the idyllic and historic village of Haworth as the ideal location for a country break. Home of the famous Brontë sisters (think: Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights) and the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (featured in The Railway Children), it’s perfect for history buffs too. Brimming with olde worlde charm, opt for rural wardrobe staples and vintage-infused pieces when curating your capsule, just like Barbour's Beadnell Wax Two-Pocket Jacket, £210. For a touch of artistry, style with Liberty’s Hera Fitted Tana Lawn™ Cotton Shirt, £145 and finish off with House of Sunny's Easy Rider Cargo Trousers, £120. The result: comforting but far-from-boring countryside chic.
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