IT’S time to get all prim and proper as fashion turns terribly British with a look that is never out of fashion. The heritage trend brings together the whole country, military, ladylike and equestrian styles to create a quintessentially English eccentric style.

All very country house, hunting on the highlands and blackberry picking before high tea in the drawing room. A little bit twee and a tad pretty pretty for today’s mad dash lifestyle.

But that has not stopped a slew of celebrities such Alexa Chung and Kiera Knightly ( a classic English Rose if ever I saw one) from adopting the trend.Plaid, tartan, and tweeds are perfect fabrics to choose when you are wearing this look, it’s all about layering knitwear, Harris Tweed, blouses and tank tops.

The key element in this look is the layering of pieces and how you put it together will give it a modern twist. Be careful though, you don’t want to add too much width, so layer with soft fine knits as they don’t add too much bulk to the body. Keep the look edgy by layering different textures and keep accessories simple.

The nipped in waist is a key part of the heritage look, whether you add a wide belt or choose a jacket with a nipped in waist. Opt for high waisted fitted pencil skirts and high waisted trousers. Remember this look is all about trying to achieve that great hourglass shape – as this is a nostalgic throwback style.

The Heritage revival is also part of a wider trend for all things rural; the fashion and music world are embracing the countryside as never before. The good news is that you can make the look your own by adding a few contemporary accessories such as a funky belt , statement jewels or a great pair of boots. Just leave the golden retriever and the shotgun at home.

HOW TO WEAR IT

Perfect Plaid

You can also put together many different kinds of cheque but be really careful, there is a good and a bad way of doing this. You need to make sure that the colours really work with the balance of your prints. Often going for softer tones is the simplest way to combine cheque, tartan, and plaid.

Military Elements

Think brass buttons, think fringing, think nipped in uniform looks; this is a stiff but elegant style. If you are pear-shaped opt for an A-line skirt but if you are an hourglass a pencil skirt will certainly work well. It’s a very straight up and down strict hard look but this is softened with silky soft blouses and chiffon pieces, which soften up this trend.

The Essentials

Choose coloured blouses with bows, pussy bow blouses and team it with high-waist tweed skirts or wide-leg trousers that add a touch of classic British heritage

The Brands

Barbour, Kilkenny, Mackintosh, Laura Ashley, Burberry, Pringle, Mulberry Austin Reed, Hackett, Lyle & Scot, Libert. Dubary, Aquascutum, and Jaeger