New season picks from British brands

New season picks from British brands

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Shanna Schreuder

Copy producer, johnlewis.com

Winter is coming. But first, autumn’s on the playlist. With the change of season comes a change in wardrobe. Abandon shorts and light linen layers and replace them with trousers and heavy knits.

To give you a clearer picture on how to get your weekend look ready for the colder months, I’ve picked out the best casualwear pieces from our collection of British brands.

As always, Barbour is a great choice for winter thanks to its protective waxed jackets and toasty yet lightweight quilted jackets. However, if you’re in search of something a bit more unique from them, then choose a piece from their Steve McQueen™ Collection like the Greenham jacket. Its structured shape and smooth finish make it an attractive choice for a smart-casual occasion, but it’s the black and white image of the actor Steve McQueen on a motorbike printed on the lining that really sets it apart from the rest.

This brand was founded in 1924 by Harry Grosberg. Originally creating waterproof clothing for men and women, it also specialises in crafting high-technology gear for motorcyclists, highlighting just how much skill and expert knowledge goes into each piece. There are 2 key jackets in the range that really stand out for me. Created to protect against the harsh elements, they are the Fairfield biker jacket in waxed cotton and the Roadmaster, also in waxed cotton. With their timeless design and heavy-duty mechanics, there’s nothing the elements can throw at you that you won’t be able to battle through when you’re wearing them.

In keeping with its music connections, this season’s top picks from Ben Sherman have a distinctly rock ‘n’ roll character. Starting with the dreamlike guitar-adorned T-shirt and moving on to the label’s waterproof cagoule that’s reminiscent of the Britpop era. Another popular print to feature on their tees is the Union Jack, but not as you’ve seen it before. This version looks like it was picked from the punk era that began in the 1970s.

Alongside its sporting heritage, Fred Perry also has a unique relationship with British subcultures that continues to be relevant today. One of its signature items that brings both these relationships to light is the twin tipped polo shirt; with its sporty stripes and popularity amongst skaters. The gingham shirt is another classic of the label, but this year they’ve given it a twist by adding the contrasting sleeves.

This season, we’ve opted for Lyle & Scott’s slim-fit Vintage range rather than its classic counterpart to offer you a more contemporary option. You’ll be spoilt for choice with Harrington jackets, tipped polos and gingham shirts. Some of their polo shirts and shirts have a close connection to the label’s Scottish shown by the all-over tartan print.

From clothing to accessories, our Ted Baker offering covers most bases and could make up most of your winter wardrobe, if you wanted it to. Known for its quirky, striking designs, this British brand has many standout tops, like the Shesoff polo shirt with woven collar and the Tantkop blazer with stitched-in pocket square. The Tich 2 suede shoes are also a fancy addition to an outfit.