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Update your cold-weather closet with traditional checks, houndstooth and tartan

Think tweed and checks feel a bit stuffy and the wrong side of vintage? Think you need to own a sizeable chunk of Hertfordshire to pull them off?  Think again.  This season sees British heritage prints and knits take a contemporary turn. 

The key to keeping this look current is clashing traditional and contemporary pieces for an ultra-wearable 'rural meets runway' fusion.

"Balance old and new styles with a fresh white trainer'"

Chunky cable knits and roll-necks are warming winter staples. Combine with tartan or tweed for an all-out heritage look or pair the classic cable knit (see also: traditional Aran/fisherman jumpers) with city-ready separates for a more modern way to wear the rustic style.

"This tartan Hobbs skirt is made from 100% wool and woven at the Abraham Moon mill in Yorkshire"

Cocoon coats remain firmly on our style radar this winter.  Give the shape a current update with oversized checks in countryside hues of muted greens, yellows and greys.  

Balance the full heritage aesthetic with sporty metallic trainers and wide-leg trousers for wear-anywhere versatility.

"If the full heavy winter coat is too much, nod to the trend in a chic longline blazer or check scarf'"

As winter really kicks it up a notch, invest in premium materials to ensure your knits and outerwear are both insulating and hardwearing.  Embrace the elements in cold-weather fabrics such as alpaca, mohair, wool and cashmere.

"Switch up your traditional pieces with modern updates such as a denim shirt, luxe ankle boots and hints of unexpected colour"