Stray Talking: The Yorkshire Winter Wish List
Oh to be in Yorkshire, now that winter’s here. And here indeed it is. It’s turned Arctic quite suddenly, with snow spotted in the Dales and ravaging icy winds forecast. Clearly, there is a now-pressing need to ensure we are appropriately dressed and beautifully prepared for whatever the season brings. Meanwhile, a new calendar of events marking the run-up to the festive season (see below for highlights) is another reason – note I say reason, not excuse – to seek out a few new style-conscious wardrobe saviours. Here’s what’s on my winter wish-list at the Harrogate store.
THE WINTER CHIC COAT SOLUTION: Navy contrast collar Austrian jacket, £435. When you want to feel cosy and cared for without compromising on elegance or adding bulk, this gorgeous coat is the answer. It’s made in boiled wool, which might not sound very glamorous but it means the wool is denser and more weather-resistant, keeping its shape as it keeps you comfortably warm. There’s so much detail too – just turn back the cuffs to show off a lovely contrast cream knit lining. Best of all, the pared-back cut and long jacket-style length work with skirts, dresses and trousers. And with those elevating gold buttons, it’s just the thing to throw over your party dress come December.
THE HAT OF THE SEASON: This hat is a new season revelation, cleverly designed with great consideration in a classic trilby shape (flattering to all face shapes) finished with subtly sculptural bow detail. Because of this, it is practically guaranteed to add sophistication and a very modern flair to both casual and smart outfits, from easy jeans-and-tweed-jacket combos to sleek, formal tailoring.
THE OUTFIT MAKER: I adore this belt. It’s beautifully made in cow hide and everything about it, from the stitching to the lovely brass buckle, says quality. Animal print is rampaging across fashion for autumn/winter 2018, but many of those riotous all-over looks on the high street are not for everyone. This is the neatest, chicest way to key into the trend in a subtly striking way. Try it with Cordings needlecords and stretch velvet jeans. Choose any shade you like because this belt pulls every outfit together brilliantly.
THE MUST-HAVE ANKLE BOOTS: Quite possibly the most comfortable, easy and ultra-stylish footwear to be seen around town in. I’ve been wearing them around Harrogate and they have attracted many admiring glances and queries of provenance, not least because of the luxe Italian suede in an eye-catching tan (they come in black too – also lovely). The result of a limited edition collaboration between Cordings and Dukes Boots, they can be monogrammed to personalise. Snap them up while you can.
THE TREND-TICKING KNIT: Yellow cable wool cowl neck jumper, £89. Yellow? Tick. Cable? Tick. Cowl neckline? Double tick. This lovely sweater ticks plenty of new trend boxes, which means it’s a perfect piece for perking up your winter wardrobe (by the way, this softer bright yellow is here to stay so no need to worry about it being a one-season wonder, although it also comes in taupe and blue). Because it’s made in a superfine pure wool (from merino herds in Geelong, Australia), it’s not bulky and layers like a dream. This season, pair with midi skirts as well as with jeans, cropped wide-legs and culottes.
WHERE TO WEAR
Stylish diary highlights for the forthcoming season.
November 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019: Once Upon a Time, Chatsworth House. Chatsworth presents a magical selection of scenes from classic tales, woven throughout the house and featuring the talents of estate staff to make costumes, props, sets and sounds. Also, the Chatsworth Christmas Market runs from November 16 to December 4. For prices and details, see www.chatworth.org/events.
November 17 to New Year’s Eve: Castle Howard hosts The Twelve Days of Christmas. See the grand interiors transformed by magnificent decorations on a journey through the grand state rooms, bringing you open fires, candlelight and live music plus the iconic 25 foot traditional Christmas tree adorned with more than 3,000 baubles in the Great Hall, a fun indoor children’s trail, Christmas Market, Farm Shop and Garden Centre. And the big man himself, Father Christmas, will be making some very special visits. See www.castlehoward.co.uk.
November 22-25: The Christmas Fair at Ripley Castle. Fabulous fair in a heated marquee with more than 150 stalls selling festive food, fashion, beauty children’s games, decorations and gifts for the home and your loved ones. There’s a wonderful food hall, café, Champagne bar and restaurant. Tickets, £9 on the door. See www.ripleycastle.co.uk.