I am so excited to announce that Instagram’s lovely Country & Coastal
has agreed to join us to share her tips and tricks to all things
country clobber! Enjoy!
Behind The Name
Merry is the clever lady behind the name ‘Country & Coastal’ and her Instagram account came about fairly recently (Roughly 9 months ago) when a group of girls that she regularly chats with suggested she create it after sending them some outfit suggestions. They were so impressed with what she had put together they gave her the nudge she needed to get out there and i for one am very glad that she did!
Merry is 28 years old and is originally from Suffolk though she is currently living in Yorkshire but claims to always have been a country girl, regardless of moving around a lot… Maybe that’s why she is so good at what she does!
Her wardrobe is a mixture from high street to a few more expensive bits and that’s why I love her – She isn’t just ‘top of the market’ like many fashion blogs and pages you see where you are left feeling sad that you’ll never afford to look like that. Merry puts amazing outfits together, that make you look a million dollars but it’s realistic and affordable.
Keep a regular eye on this page for all of the latest outfit ideas from Country & Coastal but if you have a particular question for Merry, maybe you have a big event coming up and don’t have a clue where to start, then please do send us a message using the contact form at the bottom of the page and Merry will do her best to answer it right here!
Next is a top or jumper. It normally involves stripes of one colour or another, in either a top or a shirt. And then as a gilet is a my safety blanket that’s normally next, and yes I try and coordinate a colour from my top to the gilet if I can. That might be slightly sad but I think it just helps pull the outfit together as a whole and makes its flow.
This forest green knitted dress is from Primark and is a perfect match for my Hicks & Brown fedora. I was really impressed by the dress and for £13 I’m quite tempted to go back for it in some of the other colours they have, plus it’s super stretchy so it’s easy to wear.
I’ve stuck to a simple colour pallet of green and tan so it goes with my explorers and green tassels, my tan mulberry bayswater dupe and then my faux fur wrap to help keep you warm and cosy…a long tan coat would finish it off perfectly.
The next outfit is a bit more of a laid-back look but as country girls/ladies you can’t go wrong with jeans, boots and a wax jacket so that’s what I’ve gone for, plus these pieces are some of my personal favourites.
I’ve gone for a horseshoe print shirt which seems perfect for Cheltenham and teamed it with my plum schoffel which is a staple in my collection. Next is a pair of jeans, my plum fedora, joules scarf and explorers with matching tassels to tie the plum colour throughout the whole outfit. The last piece is my Barbour wax jacket which I love and just seems to get better with age.
I ordered this dark green dress from Warehouse which I thought would be perfect for a wedding as it’s smart but has long sleeves so will help keep you slightly warmer on a chilly day, and I loved the colour of it. It’s also currently in the sale so a perfect opportunity to grab an outfit for a wedding if you need one.
Now when it comes to heels I’m rubbish but I’ve got my trusty Marks and Spencer’s nude heels which I know I can walk in and don’t want to take them off within five minutes of having them on, plus nude goes with everything.
Next is this gorgeous faux fur stole/wrap which I picked up in TK maxx, which again will go perfectly with the nude heels and add a extra layer of warmth and some texture to the outfit, I’ve been after something like this for ages. TK maxx have all their hats and scarves in store now so definitely worth a look if you are after something similar.
And finally to finish off the outfit is my simple nude clutch bag to pop all those essentials in without taking everything and the kitchen sink and I’ve added one of my green Fairfax & Favor tassels in green to tie the whole outfit together, or maybe you could add a pheasant fascinator, or pin if you wanted to instead.
“With burgundy fast becoming one of my favourite colours this year I thought I would do a look based around some of the pieces I have got in my wardrobe.
My trusty Barbour wax jacket is my go to coat in autumn/winter and I’ve paired it with a burgundy cord skirt and a Joules harbour top, and then tied it all together again with burgundy accessories.
I will be the first to admit that I’m not the most girly of girls but I have been trying to push myself out of my comfort zone, so I love how this outfit turned out. The top and skirt go perfectly together without making me feel too overdressed.”
Jacket – Barbour
Top – Joules
Hat – Rydale
Scarf – Wild and Westbrooke (Gifted)
Skirt – Primark
Boots – Fairfax and Favor
Your Questions Answered…
I’d like to update my wardrobe with a few pieces to make me look ‘more country’ but I don’t have a lot of money. What would you suggest?
I would start with the basics. Get some good fitting basics like jeans that you feel amazing in. My go to jeans are usually from Marks & Spencer and Next, and then fill it in from there with stripey tops and checked shirts etc
Joules has a sale on right now, I hardly ever buy harbour tops full price. I have also found some real gems in Primark that can easily be worked into a country wardrobe. Look at Ebay, TKmaxx and Rydale too and dont forget the supermarkets, Theyve definately upped their game in the clothing department.
Below are two outfits that I’ve put together using sale items or items that were very reasonably priced. I would however say that spending a bit more on a couple of key pieces will make that difference. For me that’s footwear, like my Chelsea Boots. They were £90 but they go with everything.
Thanks for your question. I hope I’ve helped.
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