The British countryside is iconic and as much a symbol of Britain as red double-decker buses, beefeaters, and Buckingham Palace. It means different things for different people; for some, it is a place of work, where they toil in the fields to support their families. For others, it is a place of pleasure, for long leisurely walks and picnics.
The classic British country look is also iconic, conjuring up images of men and women enjoying the great outdoors in traditional clothing. But what do we mean by ‘British country clothing’?
What is considered country clothing?
Classic British country clothing is the traditional attire worn by men and women in rural Britain. It is the clothing of choice when participating in outdoor sports such as equestrian pursuits, shooting, and fishing, as well as during general outdoor activities, such as walking, picnics, and gardening. You might also see this style being worn at events such as country weddings, horse races, festivals, and country fairs.
John Partridge, established in 1969, really embraces the look, being a brand that was started in the countryside by someone who lived, worked, and played there. It’s about making clothes that look great, fit well, and are made to stand the test of time against country life, but to also make country clothing accessible for modern living.
Jackets and coats
With the unpredictable British weather, a good quality coat or jacket is essential.
John Partridge is renowned for its range of high-quality wax jackets. Wax jackets are the epitome of British countryside chic. They are both stylish and practical, keeping the wearer both warm and dry and looking great whether out in the fields or enjoying a drink in a country pub.
It isn’t just wax jackets though. Classic tweed is also a staple of John Partridge, whether for men or ladies and in a range of styles including ponchos, blazers and waistcoats for a touch of British country glamour.
Men's Country Clothing at John Partridge
Now we have delved into what we mean by men’s country clothing, let’s take a look at how you can grab this style from John Partridge and be practical, comfortable, and stylish at the same time.
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Landowner Wax Walking Jacket Sage
Let’s start with a classic - the landowner wax walking jacket in sage. You can’t get much more ‘timeless British country’ than this, which is why it is one of our bestsellers year after year. With traditional features such as a brown cord collar, bellow pockets and branded metal studs, this style will stand the test of time and get even better with age. It has a two-way front zip, moleskin-lined pockets to keep hands warm, and cord-lined cuffs, with a handy internal wallet pocket. John Partridge Landowner jackets are made right here in England.
Herringbone Crew Neck Jumper Mustard
You’re going to need something under that wax jacket, and this herringbone crew neck jumper in mustard screams British country coolness. The lambswool blend will keep you snug whatever you are doing, and the bright pop of colour adds a bit of fun to a classic outfit.
Ridware Chambray Shirt Light Blue
For those times when you need to be sharp and smart but still want to keep the country vibe going, the Ridware Chambray shirt in light blue is a great call. The Ridware shirt is constructed from a chambray fabric that is light in weight. It has a standard fit and a button-down collar. Our blue embroidered partridge logo can be found on the left breast, and the buttons have a chic wooden look to them. Pair them with jeans and boots for a smart casual look.
Ladies Country Clothing at John Partridge
It is not just the men who can pull off the English country look! Just look at Catherine, Princess of Wales - she carries the vibe with aplomb!
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Arena Tweed Blazer Jalapeno Red
Tweed is the ultimate country classic fabric, and the blazer is one of those pieces that will never go out of fashion. Combine the two with some well-fitted jeans and knee-high boots, and you have the ultimate British country look.
This timeless piece is perfect for business meetings, nights out and everything in between. It’s made from 100% British wool for quality and cosiness and is available in five different colours - red, brown, green, navy and stone. We particularly love this fiery jalapeno red for a pop of colour to brighten up even the dreariest of days.
Ombre Eco Crew Neck Brown Mélange
This is a new piece for the John Partridge collection, but still embodies everything about the brand and the look - including the all-important eco-credentials. It is made from recycled materials, paving the way for reused and repurposed fabrics, and it is the industry leader in this regard. It is also consistent with our code of ethics, which is to purchase excellent items that will last a lifetime. The ombre colourways lend a contemporary air to the garment, while the elbow detailing draws attention to its traditionally rural origins.
Chocolate Check Lambswool Scarf
One thing every British person needs, whether they are in the countryside or city, is a scarf that they can snuggle up in when the temperatures plummet, and this sophisticated lambswool scarf certainly ticks that box. It also looks great, adding a little something to any outfit. Pair the scarf with your favourite wax jacket or tweed blazer for soft sophistication.
And not forgetting the fur babies in our lives, the quintessential British country classic look extends to them too with the John Partridge dog coats. With so many looks and colours to pick from, there will definitely be something to meet your needs.
Dog Coat Waxed Tweed
This delightful number stands out to us in particular and it embodies two classics: wax and tweed. The coat is made from British tweed which is finished with a wax coating to make it water-resistant - perfect for those long walks in the country or for a dash into town. And did someone say matchy-matchy with our men’s and ladies' wax jackets?
Gifts for Pooch
For something that can be worn a little more often than our dog coats, we have collars and bow ties too - just in time for Christmas. There are a variety of seasonal prints, but a firm favourite and the one that really says British country clothing to us is the brown waxed tweed collar and lead. Again, finished with wax to make it a durable yet comfortable style for your furry loved one.