Second home syndrome: what to pack for winter in the countryside

Whether you’re fleeing the city for wide-open spaces and fresh air or simply taking your lunch break in your local park, here’s what to wear while you do it
Photography by Gerardo Jaconelli; styling by Lauren Mcletchie.

It’s near impossible to pack for the unprecedented. There are more questions than answers around the coming weeks, and transporting your wardrobe from one place to another is hardly a fun family activity. There’s a chance that Thanksgiving won’t go ahead and Christmas as we know it will be cancelled. We don’t know if golf and grouse shooting should be on the ‘allowed’ list, but they are. But whilst we may not know where we’ll be in a month metaphorically speaking, geographically we can plan ahead. So whether you’re cavorting in the Cotswolds or seeking solace in the South Downs, finding a haven in Hampstead Heath or hiding out in Hyde Park, this is the country-ready attire you need to know about.


We all know the best part about escaping to a country home is the garage space. Whether you’re getting back under the hood of a vintage Aston Martin DB5 or letting a Café Racer loose on the open road, take it up a notch with our driving gear edit. We can't get enough of Motoluxe's decadent Teddy coats too, originally designed to keep motorists warm when automobiles were open-top.


You might not be as ‘on-show’ as you are in the city, but that’s no excuse to let standards slip. Leave your suited separates with your tailor for an MOT, and soften up your daily uniform with a super-supple suede bomber jacket, soft-collared shirts and seamless knitwear that can be styled a hundred different ways.


From Hampstead Heath to Hyde Park, The Rake’s team have been making the most of London’s green spaces this year. The transition from desk to city to park means you need a multitasking wardrobe that won’t let you down, so layer up and loosen up – we’ve got you covered with brand new AW20 collections from Kit Blake and Anderson & Sheppard.



October 2020


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