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Ahhh the windswept romance of the English countryside.

I am indeed a sucker for English heritage style – nubby tweeds, heavy plaided wools, thick knitted socks and a pair of rubber wellies, maybe a couple of Welsh corgis in the yard. For centuries these classic pieces have been standbys of the traditional English wardrobe and inspiration for many a born-and-bred Brit designer (ie: Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Luella Bartley, John Galliano et al). Despite their occasional presence on the runway, these staples are anything but trends, burned into the consciousness of the English people and adopted by those wishing to mimic the lush yet simple lifestyle they often connote.

I love the balance of feminine and masculine, often characterized by girlish dresses or skirts matched with chunky knits and jackets in heavy, masculine fabrics. Boyish trousers, suit vests, thick-knit cardigans and woolen skirts – all done with a sort of devil-may-care flippancy that says you’re just as ready for tea in the parlor as you are for a hunt on the moors.
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Editorials from Vogue and Marie Claire magazines.
Patterns: Ruffle Sleeve Dress and Cropped Trousers.

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Editorials from Vogue and Marie Claire magazines.
Patterns: Linda Skirt and Wide Lapel Cropped Jacket.

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Harris Tweeds and an editorial from Marie Claire magazine.
Patterns: The Franzi and Louisa vests.

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Heritage bike riders, the future Princess Catherine – Kate Middleton.
Patterns (top to bottom): Double Breasted Jacket, the Eva Jacket, and the Steffi Jacket.

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Film stills of Kiera Knightly and Sienna Miller in “The Edge of Love”.
Patterns: Button Down Dress, Tuxedo Blouse, Wool Skirt, and Esther Cardigan.

Photos courtesy of Vogue, Marie Claire, Harris Tweeds, and IMDB.

16 Comments

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    Dec 15, 2010, 02.24 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    as you can see on some of my latest projects, i have done the “english” style allready in my autumn work and love it. i just still can repeat myself by asking for a few more patterns for male, as tweed looks too damn good on us as well :-)

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    Dec 15, 2010, 07.54 AMby littlemisssew

    I truly truuuuly wish I had the shill to make every single item above. I Love the old fashioned english style. Especially all the jackets…..jum<3

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    Dec 13, 2010, 10.53 AMby carottesauvage

    Nice post.It is nice to own a well tailored jacket for a dressed up or down style . But there is a Gypsie element to those pictures (Stella Tenant (?) in the caravan) a universe where Kate Middleton doesn’t belong! At least there are some handy free BurdaStyle patterns (ta!) for the plebs like us to emulate her looks if she is to become the next intergalactic style queen. :)

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    Dec 12, 2010, 07.42 PMby magdamagda

    I haven’t seen something so refreshing in a while! It’s a style that comes with a smile, freedom in movement and such a chic air!

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    Dec 12, 2010, 04.24 PMby cantare

    What a great collection! English country fashion is quite fetching for autumn and winter. Those blazers and vests are awesome, I’ll be dressing like Kate Middleton soon :)

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    Dec 12, 2010, 03.11 PMby ambermarks

    This is so nice. :) Thank You!

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    Dec 11, 2010, 07.41 AMby bofa

    love it!!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 09.50 PMby simplyb

    Brilliant! Beautiful. But I didn’t need to add to my list of things I want to make. Not sure if I should be thanking you or not, but I will anyways. :)

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    Dec 10, 2010, 02.34 PMby sewlikeabee6

    English Countryside, what a way to end the year, I like all the outfits you all look like you are having to much fun, you all look really good in them. Great pictures taken so clear, can you make the outfits out of something besides wool, can not wear it . Great job done !!!
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    Dec 10, 2010, 02.07 PMby yiannagnak

    I love this style so much. One of my next projects will be the button down dress! Thanks burda for this post.!!!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 07.20 AMby kraftykatina

    Love them all! British style is so great. Thanks for the fabulous ideas!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 06.50 AMby Nessa *

    Thanks Burda Team. I just love slightly exaggerated English countryside styling in films and photography. I am a big fan of girly dresses teamed with chunky knits and boots in Autumn/Winter.

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    Dec 10, 2010, 02.29 AMby caramia-made

    I love that group photo of everyone on their bikes! It looks like they are having a blast! Hmmm I think I will need to make myself a nice tweed vest now before my next trip “across the pond” to visit my sister! ;)

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    Dec 9, 2010, 10.53 PMby mmmenta

    i was planning to do the Ruffle Sleeve Dress for Christmas :-)

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    Dec 9, 2010, 10.31 PMby prairieponygirl

    I love the cloths from “The Edge of Love”. I loved those costumes so much! And, it was a great movie. Thank Burda for the ideas.

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    Dec 9, 2010, 07.20 PMby fashionfreek

    I want to make a waistcoat now….Burda you are teasing us :O)

    Wellies yep…i wear my nice red spotty ones during the lovely spell of freezing weather we are getting..Excellent Fashion piece:O)

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