Layer up in style with velvet, tweed and prints

Leave tight skirts, tight trousers and stilettos at home; comfort is essential at all times

Pink corduroy jacket (€325 Sandro, Brown Thomas), pink paisley silk blouse (€245 Sandro, Brown Thomas), navy cord trousers €220 Tara Jamon, Brown Thomas), pink velvet ankle boots (€46 lulus.com), leopard print hat with feather trim (€260 Anthony Peto “Bazaar”) small silk scarf (€85 Susannagh Grogan)

Pink corduroy jacket (€325 Sandro, Brown Thomas), pink paisley silk blouse (€245 Sandro, Brown Thomas), navy cord trousers €220 Tara Jamon, Brown Thomas), pink velvet ankle boots (€46 lulus.com), leopard print hat with feather trim (€260 Anthony Peto “Bazaar”) small silk scarf (€85 Susannagh Grogan)

 

Townies heading off for a country house weekend need to think about what to wear for the getaway jaunt. Once the wellington boots and waterproofs are in the car, then the challenge is what to pack for indoors and the great outdoors, for walks in the woods, a country ramble, drinks in the pub, dining room dinners or whatever. It’s that time of year.  

The tweedy colours of the landscape – rust, burgundy, tan, dark green - that reflect the season’s natural autumnal tones are in fashion at the moment in heritage tweeds, checks, corduroys and particularly lush velvets that catch both the day and evening light, clothes that suit both city and country.

Green floral dress (€695 Kytia Azalea, Costume Boutique), green hat (€160 Anthony Peto)
Green floral dress (€695 Kytia Azalea, Costume Boutique), green hat (€160 Anthony Peto)
Check jackets (€100 River Island), check top with collar (€43 River Island), jumper (€215 Max Co, Arnotts), leopard print cowboy hat (€180 Anthony Peto)
Check jackets (€100 River Island), check top with collar (€43 River Island), jumper (€215 Max Co, Arnotts), leopard print cowboy hat (€180 Anthony Peto)
Dark green velvet jacket (€420 MDN Arnotts), multi print blouse (€45 River Island, ‘Flower Flash’ zig zag khakisilk scarf (€150 Susannagh Grogan.com and Arnotts), Dark green velvet suit pants (€230 MDN Arnotts). Wine hat with pheasant feathers (€260 Anthony Peto)
Dark green velvet jacket (€420 MDN Arnotts), multi print blouse (€45 River Island, ‘Flower Flash’ zig zag khakisilk scarf (€150 Susannagh Grogan.com and Arnotts), Dark green velvet suit pants (€230 MDN Arnotts). Wine hat with pheasant feathers (€260 Anthony Peto)

For the rural retreat, leave tight skirts, tight trousers and stilettos at home and layer up under a jacket or tweed coat, exchange leggings for chinos or easygoing cords not forgetting a shot of bright colour. A bold leopard print or red hat and a colourful scarf worn around the neck or the waist enliven a dark outfit and add a bit of personality and extra flamboyance to any outfit. Comfort is essential at all times, so forget about plunging necklines and opt for an evening dress that doesn’t need ironing for the night-time dinner date.

Red silk dress with embroidered stars and moons (€380, Rixo, Brown Thomas), faux snakeskin boots River Island, pink trilby with twisted crown and pheasant feather (€250 Anthony Peto)
Red silk dress with embroidered stars and moons (€380, Rixo, Brown Thomas), faux snakeskin boots River Island, pink trilby with twisted crown and pheasant feather (€250 Anthony Peto)
Lilac jumper with polo neck detail (€165 Sandro, Brown Thomas), velvet blazer (€100 River Island), velvet trousers (€170 Marella, Arnotts), ‘Daisy Chain’ silk scarf worn as belt (€85 Susannagh Grogan), pink velvet ankle boots (€46 lulus.com), lilac hat (€170 Anthony Peto)
Lilac jumper with polo neck detail (€165 Sandro, Brown Thomas), velvet blazer (€100 River Island), velvet trousers (€170 Marella, Arnotts), ‘Daisy Chain’ silk scarf worn as belt (€85 Susannagh Grogan), pink velvet ankle boots (€46 lulus.com), lilac hat (€170 Anthony Peto)

Irish country house interior decor can often be slightly eccentric especially in historic buildings, a mixture of moods and periods, a bit of pick and mix and that versatility, that mix of elegance and comfort, also drives idiosyncratic fashion. A take it or leave it look is illustrated by the success of Gucci where various periods and vintage styles are retooled in signature ways for a modern generation (cowboy chaps with tweed jackets and metal braces come to mind). A little playful madness sporting a fedora or cowboy hat can perk up the spirits and keep the mood under control.

These outfits drawn from the high street and designer brands fit in with their surroundings – in this case Huntington Castle in Carlow which dates back to the 17th century and remains in the ownership of the same family. Such an environment demands a little bit of dressing up, so why not rise to the occasion and shoot the breeze with some insouciance?

Tartan coat (€425 Magee), printed shirt (€560 Dries Van Noten), ‘Picnic Peerfect’ gold/green printed silk scarf (€130 Susannagh Grogan), printed skirt (€475 Dries Van Noten, Brown Thomas), grey mottled felt hat (€190 Anthony Peto)
Tartan coat (€425 Magee), printed shirt (€560 Dries Van Noten), ‘Picnic Peerfect’ gold/green printed silk scarf (€130 Susannagh Grogan), printed skirt (€475 Dries Van Noten, Brown Thomas), grey mottled felt hat (€190 Anthony Peto)
Green lame embroidered dress (€1,195 Peter Pilotto, Brown Thomas), French Mustard fedora with brown velvet trim (€190 Anthony Peto)
Green lame embroidered dress (€1,195 Peter Pilotto, Brown Thomas), French Mustard fedora with brown velvet trim (€190 Anthony Peto)

The hats are versions of classic shapes and though fundamentally recognisable, are a little more exaggerated with the use of colour highlighting the newer twists. Start with a leopard print hat and match it with a pink jacket for an individual combination that matches the grandeur of the chaise longue. Even a simple, feminine floral dress gets a lift with a skull hugging green hat, a softened variation of a military style. Millinery always makes a statement and the new season’s creations from chapellier Anthony Peto made in Paris are all about colour and new ways of wearing reworked shapes. So forget the black hats and keep it country.

All hats from Anthony Peto, 14 South Anne Street, Dublin 01 6359977

Photographer Daniel Holfeld, styling Roxanne Parker, hair Michael Leong, make up Zoe Clarke, model Bex Fleetwood at Not Another Agency. Location Huntington Castle, Co Carlow.

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