Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher
If dressing up is all about achieving a sharp, urban look then dressing down is an opportunity to enjoy the textures, colours and warmth associated with traditional country clothes. This season MR PORTER's favourite casual clothes owe a debt of inspiration to the garments that never fall out of favour among the country set.
However, our selection takes that inspiration and updates it by slimming down the silhouette and shortening the jackets. The result is the best of both worlds, combining the visual appeal, and practical benefits, of tweed, waxed cotton and substantial knitwear, with flattering, contemporary cuts.
These are clothes designed for life in the city, but they look at least as good in the country, as we discovered on our shoot by Lough Tay on the sublime Luggala estate in County Wicklow, Ireland.