How to look good on the field
When it comes to country attire, there are a set number of key pieces that everyone wears. Shooting jackets, gillets, and plus twos, threes and fours are all highly popular, but how can you ensure you always look your best on the field?
Here, Debbie Stephens, a tailor from bespoke visiting tailors, Norton & Townsend, gives her top five tips on how to do just that:
Choose the right fabric
When speaking with clients, I always advise them to invest in a good quality British cloth. It’s durable, weather resistant and colourful and investing in pieces made from top quality British fabric really is something that you will never regret.
Make sure you choose the right weight of fabric too. Something light for the warmer seasons. If you spend most of your time outdoors in the winter months then you need to go for something much heavier.
Invest in bespoke
Buying off the peg is fine if you’re a standard size and don’t mind bumping into several other people in the same or a very similar outfit. However, if you really want to be noticed, invest in a bespoke suit that reflects your personality and looks like you have taken care selecting the cloth and style. Not only will it look great, but it will fit perfectly too and wearing something that fits always makes you feel good. Plus, if something doesn’t fit well, then you can guarantee you won’t wear it.
Don’t compromise on service
Don’t ever compromise on quality of service. Good service, from a tailor who takes the time to listen to exactly what you want and then gives you advice about what is most likely to suit will ultimately result in a great looking suit that fits perfectly - which is why you choose to go bespoke after all. As well as taking measurements and discussing preferences, a good tailor should also take body figurations into account to really ensure the best fit.
For an even better service, use a visiting tailor who will come to you at either home or work. This helps to make life a little easier and means you no longer have to take time out of your busy schedule to trawl the high street for the right outfit in the correct weight and colour of cloth.
When investing in an outfit, treat yourself to a pair of trousers in the same tweed so that you can wear the same outfit in the field or out at the races. By doing this, you are guaranteed to get maximum wear out of your suit.
Subdued colours will always be popular when it comes to country attire, but strong colours can look fantastic and are guaranteed to get you noticed amongst your set. Vibrant tweeds with lilacs, purples and pinks are very ‘now’ and by choosing fabulous linings to match, you really can create an amazingly striking look.
Debbie Stephens works for bespoke visiting tailors Norton & Townsend, which is the longest established visiting tailor business in the UK. Established in 1990, it set the standard that many companies have since tried to emulate – a service-led approach to exceptional quality, made to measure tailoring – and employs a dozen experienced visiting tailors who cover the whole of the UK.
With over 4,000 luxurious fabrics and hundreds of style combinations to choose from, each Norton & Townsend suit is beautifully hand cut and crafted to ensure it fits its owner’s body perfectly, with both measurements and body figuration observations being taken into account throughout the fitting process. This is done in an initial visit from a tailor, which enables time-poor professionals to be fully fitted for bespoke clothing from the comfort of their own home or office, thus ensuring minimum inconvenience.