Some weekend gardeners are adopting the look of the English manor for yard work, exchanging ratty jeans and rubber clogs for trim trousers, sturdy jackets and hunting boots that look to be straight out of “Downton Abbey.”
Whether it’s waterproof utility jackets from J. Barbour and Sons Ltd., English riding breeches from Ariat International Inc., or leather and rubber Wellingtons from Dubarry of Ireland and Le Chameau, the items are seeing sales and popularity surge, and in some cases scoring prime berths with retailers. Other chains are selling the look, if not the authentic brands.
Many people who garden enter a creative fantasy mind-set, even while pulling weeds and digging flower beds, and they want to dress the part. It’s worth remembering that gardening is a hobby done in full view of the neighbors. “Everybody’s secret wish is to transport themselves to a more romantic era and have Mr. Darcy call them while they’re picking the flowers,” says Danny Hulse, general manager of Dubarry’s U.S. arm.
Excerpt taken from On the Path of Garden-Chic Style written by Anne Marie Chaker for the Wall Street Journal. Read the full article here.