Recently moved to the countryside, everyone seems to wear the same things. What should I wear? Wardrobe update needed!

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MilosMum82 Fri 26-Aug-16 10:39:04

I don't want to 'out' myself so I'm going to try keep this post generic...

I've recently moved from the city to a rural countryside area, mainly because DH and I both grew up in the countryside and want our children to have that experience also. Context aside, my city wardrobe is not practical what so ever here, I'm swapping heels for wellies...

I've noticed that a lot of people seem to pretty much wear the same thing e.g. those Schoffel fleeces and Durbarry boots, with a bit of Barbour and Boden thrown in. Is there some sort of clothing initiation for the country folk these days? Has anyone else noticed particular clothing brands and items being worn by majority of the country population? What types of clothing or brands / items would you suggest I look into? Don't get me wrong I like the country style I just don't want to stick out too much as a former country city life reject...

Shockers Fri 26-Aug-16 10:44:32

I live rurally. I wear Dubarry boots because they are the best dog walking boots I've found. As for the rest, you'll probably find you gravitate toward your local outfitters, which will only sell practical clothes, out of convenience and a need to make human contact every now and then grin

baringan Fri 26-Aug-16 10:46:23

If you lead a rural lifestyle, ie properly rural with horses dogs chickens mud then clothes that you'd wear in Richmond look fucking ridiculous. I live in fleeces jeans and boots all winter.

baringan Fri 26-Aug-16 10:47:39

Dubarry barbour and boden would be considered country lite where I live. Outdoor and equestrian clothing brands are more de rigeur.

cakesandphotos Fri 26-Aug-16 10:49:53

I wear my boots or wellies all winter (and most of Autumn and Spring grin) and jeans and a jumper. I love Joules clothes, practical and long lasting even if they are pricey.
Invest in a good gilet and a pair of Dubarry like boots (actual Dubarry's cost an eye watering amount of money and Dublin River Boots are almost identical)

MilosMum82 Fri 26-Aug-16 10:50:16

baringan Are there any particular brands / styles you would suggest?

baringan Fri 26-Aug-16 10:52:00

Can't you just look at what everyone else wears or are you writing an article?

therootoftheroot Fri 26-Aug-16 10:53:22

oh this is SO a journo!!!!

MilosMum82 Fri 26-Aug-16 10:57:24

I can assure you I'm not a journalist, nor am I writing an article (my english and grammar is too poor haha) I was simply looking for a bit of advice, on a deeper level just wanted to fit in, gosh that sounds sad...

Believe it or not, it has been a little alienating during this move sad

onahorsewithnoname Fri 26-Aug-16 10:57:32

Joules is smart, Sainsbo's leggings and a well worn jumper for the under 30 tractor driving and other farm work. Muckboots, jeans (whatever brand fits, Nora wellies for summer farm work, dealer boots safety or otherwise.
I wear doc Martin shoes or Mountain Horse boots.
Go to your local horsey superstore for rugby shirts and body warmers.

Suggest that you see what pub your local YFC frequents then work on your version of that.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 26-Aug-16 10:58:58

You're not quite asking a question. You recognise the brands the people in your area are wearing and presumably these are available locally if they're all wearing variations on the theme, so what is it you want to know?

Go shopping and choose some suitable stuff.

MilosMum82 Fri 26-Aug-16 11:03:28

ShatnersBassoon In a nut shell, I'm looking for clothing suggestions i.e. brands / specific clothing items, which will help me transition from city to country without looking too much like a city reject.

pieceofpurplesky Fri 26-Aug-16 11:21:19

I have lived in the country all my life (rural Cheshire farming community). I can honestly say that it is only those that move to the countryside that actually worry about brands. Most of my friends (many farmers) shop in primark and M&S! Decent boots and coats from the local horse supplier.

We also find it quite amusing to see new people arrive head to toe in the most expensive clothing and shiny new 4x4s. They are soon as muddy as the rest of us. Just enjoy your new life OP and don't worry about people looking at what label you are wearing.

Shockers Fri 26-Aug-16 12:35:03

Thing is, the OP has only said she's moved to the country... I can't see the part where she bought a horse, tractor, chickens etc.

Just buy stuff that keeps you warm and dry when you're out! There will be a country store in your surrounding area, if you don't want to trek into town.

Loving that my Dubarry boots show me up as a lightweight grin

hollinhurst84 Fri 26-Aug-16 12:46:19

I buy stuff off this website sometimes for riding. might help
https://www.outofthecity.co.uk

EmpressTomatoKetchup Fri 26-Aug-16 13:36:08

I lived in the country briefly and was forced to buy a more appropriate coat which I bought from here www.outdoorandcountry.co.uk , they still spam my inbox regularly and I do occasionally have a look -- and thank fuck I moved back to the city--

DelicatePreciousThing1 Fri 26-Aug-16 14:08:26

Think the sort of attire you describe is mainly sported by aristo-admirers, tbh. They imagine that is how posh people dress! Quite funny.

herecomesthsun Fri 26-Aug-16 18:45:25

I can see this though as a Chick Lit novel. Fashionable urbanite moves from Islington to deepest Dorset. Will she get some chickens? Where can she get a Barbour like the neighbours? Will they be able to tell that she has been living in the Big Smoke at the School Gate? Can she impress Sexy Farmer Dad at the school barn dance?

and so on.

Not that I am doubting the OP at all, just working it into a bit more of an um libretto.

leccybill Fri 26-Aug-16 18:51:20

Think I've read that novel herecomesthesun

MilosMum82 Fri 26-Aug-16 21:32:40

Thank you for all your clothing / brand suggestions thus far, if anyone has anything to further add, feel free smile

AddToBasket Fri 26-Aug-16 21:39:48

This isn't my look but I get what you mean, OP.

Try the casual stuff at Hobbs. Toast has good country/city transition stuff. Get your jeans right. Expensive but no rips, no white, no black, no cropped ankles. Loafers to leave by the door before or after wellies. Get a tweed jacket instead of a blazer. Countryfolk love a blouse?polo shirt.

herecomesthsun Fri 26-Aug-16 21:51:40

I suppose blue denim might look more country, but i think black would be ok and quite sensible in muddy places.

herecomesthsun Fri 26-Aug-16 21:52:28

Oh and cropped ankles are much in vogue in our village, esp on baggy linen trousers.

gracielooloo Sat 27-Aug-16 09:29:13

I don't really get this!
If you haven't bought a farm or have a horse surely you won't need proper functional outdoor clothing.
So just wear the clothes you have for casual and get a decent coat and a pair of boots!😄

NoahVale Sat 27-Aug-16 09:31:29

why dont you want to stick out? surely it is better to be unique.

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