Stylewatch: Let's go county
Published 04/04/2011 | 09:28
Yes, it’s spring. And yes, the shops are chock-full of summer clothes. But this is Ireland. We’ll be lucky if we get summer in the height of June, never mind April. And, if there’s one thing we’re all about, it’s dressing appropriately.
We’re also all about being Irish. Which is why, this spring, we’re rocking the country-heritage look. We need to stop hankering after European chic; for one thing, we just don’t have the ankles for it. We’re more like the British than we might care to admit, and country-heritage style is something we can do well. To nail county chic, take a soupcon of this season’s Seventies trend — think a Ralph Lauren campaign from that decade — mix it up with that old tweed blazer at the back of your wardrobe, a bit of Lainey for when the temperature drops, and wear with big, old riding boots. Channel Lauren Hutton or Marianne Faithfull on a country weekend in 1974. It’s about coming to terms with who we are, and embracing classic Irish looks: think the Wicklow set, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Alexandra McGuinness, and Sarah Seigne, and her sister Cha Cha.