Fashions come and go but English country style is classic. The rugged tweeds, lanolin rich woolens and traditional English country waterproofs are made for outdoor activities and changeable weather. Classic English country clothes never date. They make great holiday gifts for men on your list who like the outdoor life.
The World War II commando sweater, with its suede patches and thick knit warmth, has never stopped being a British classic. They still wear a version of this in the British Army today. This crew necked version, in a selection of natural colors, can handle the tough stuff. It's a great gift for a man who loves the outdoors.
English country houses and country house hotels always have spare Wellington boots - Wellies - lined up at the back door for wet weather walks. Most people who get out to the country have a pair or two in the boot (trunk) of their cars. Classic wellies are dark green, molded rubber water proof boots that allow you to hike through the ankle deep puddles and squidgy mud that are a natural part of English spring and fall. These are the originals - made by Hunter the company that invented the Wellington back in the 1800s. They've got an adjustable strap and the distinctive Hunter logo on the front. They come in unisex sizing and any color you'd like...as long as it's green.
The Barbour, a waxed and waterproof, heavy canvas jacket is the definitive item of traditional English country clothing. Worn by both men and women, it's an investment item that not only lasts for years but gets better and better with the wearing. Though long popular with the horsey set - worn for point-to-points and other equine eventing occasions - it has become a kind of universal garment for mucking about in cold, wet weather. A must for the real anglophile on your holiday gift list.
Nothing says English country gent as much as a handsome ribbed and slightly tweedy turtleneck. This soft, chunky classic seems to call out for a hacking jacket and the smell of a woodburning fire in a great country house. Okay - let's not get carried away here. But what man wouldn't like the indulgent softness of cashmere for the holidays, a birthday, a special occasion, or just because.
The Irish and the Scots claim the tweed flat cap as their own. So do Yorkshiremen. In fact, the "flat cap man" is a regular fixture at the market in the center of the city of York. The tweed flat cap, sturdy, warm and waterproof is one of those items of English country clothing popular with men - and sometimes women - throughout the British Isles. There are flashy tweeds for golfers, subtle tweeds for drivers, sturdy tweeds for outdoor workers. It's a democratic style as well, worn by working men, anglers and country lairds.