Sometimes they take you by surprise, those forever pieces. A super simple, light cashmere knit you always reach for when you want something comfy but chic and find yourself lovingly hand washing in cold water in the bathroom sink…
My first waxed Barbour was bought for boarding school and at a time when oversized just felt frumpy to me and so while I appreciated the quality and classic look I had teenage issues with the connection – boarding school was not my favourite place (little was I to know I would meet my future husband there!).
A couple of decades later in a matter of days since receiving a selection of pieces from the AW16 Timeless Originals collections (inspired by the inconic Francoise Hardy – I’ve posted her amazing Tous Les Garçons video before) I’m forming some pretty tight new forever relationships.
First up, and in fact, I’m taking both these with me up to Skye today, the oversized Liddesdale quilted jacket and open back knit. This is one of those outfits that works so well for me that I have an uncanny feeling it existed somewhere in my mind before it took form. The gazelles and raw edged denim seemed the perfect fit. The blues, brown and white lifted up just the right amount by a nude leather half moon from last summer.
Even more classic in terms of the Barbour look, the rain mac boasts the most incredible sleeve detailing – ribbed seen in sleeves to properly protect from rain – capacious pockets and a neat collar button. The longer length works well with black staple skinnies and the white kicks easily replaced by mud-protecting wellies. Breton stripes and baker boy cap adding in the French touch.
I wanted more of a going out look here, but you can dress these pleated chinos up and down. I loved the idea of building on the elegant shape with a pair of Celine-esque block heels and neat-fitting cotton top. This look would go brilliantly with a denim jacket too. Rarely out of jeans as you know, these chinos are a comfy alternative that would also look great with plain trainers and tee.