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Love the Outdoors? Get the Countryside Look

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Ken Hawkins

If you’re a girl who loves the great outdoors, you might sometimes find it difficult to be both fashionable and practical. You can spend your days wandering the countryside and enjoying yourself, but it’s hard to look stylish in a pair of wellies and a raincoat. But don’t despair, because you can look and feel great while you explore more rural landscapes. Whether you like horse riding or you enjoy strolling through meadows, you can look fantastic while you’re doing it. And even if that’s not your sort of thing, you can pretend you’re about to spend a weekend on a country estate by getting the right look.

Get the Right Shoes

If you’re trying to be practical and stylish, it’s best to start with your feet and work upwards. Sensible shoes are a must if you’re traipsing through mud, scaling mountains or even just walking down a country lane. But you’re probably thinking that you haven’t met a pair of sensible shoes that you like. It’s true that a lot of them can be frumpy and dull, even if they do feel more comfortable than a pair of trainers or high heels. However, you can get fashionable outdoor shoes. If you want an all-round pair, start with Hunter wellies. You might have seen people going to festivals in them, but they are useful for proper rural settings too.

Lots of Wool

Staying warm and dry are your top priorities if you’re enjoying some time in the countryside. And if there’s one way to stay warm, it’s by wearing wool. You can wear it in so many different ways, from an angora hat to a tweed jacket. Go for top-quality woollen items and they’ll last you a long time. On Aran Sweaters Direct, you can see a range of ways to wear wool jackets, sweaters and accessories to keep you warm and protected from the wind. Choose something chunky to suit you if you’re walking a coastal path or going on a winter walk.

Make Waterproofing Sexy

There’s nothing stylish about waterproof jackets. Or is there? You don’t have to resign yourself to looking dowdy if you want a fashionable and practical raincoat. From Helly Hansen and Jack Wolfskin to Barbour and Joules, it’s easy to find one that you like for once. The trick is to look in both outdoors shops and at fashion brands too. Warm and dry coats don’t have to make you look like you’re about to climb a mountain or go skiing.

Accessorize

Of course, no outfit is complete without its accessories. But how do you do it when you’re going for the country look? You can add more wool in the form of hats and scarves, and with smaller items you can afford to go for the expensive stuff. You don’t need that cashmere scarf or angora hat, but it will last you a long time. A good pair of gloves is a must too, perhaps sheepskin or kid gloves.

You can spend time roaming around the countryside (or pretending to) without looking like you’re prepared to roll in the mud at any second. Be both practical and stylish next time you explore the great outdoors.

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