The Top 5 Must-Have Pieces for Your Summer Country Wardrobe

The Top 5 Must-Have Pieces for Your Summer Country Wardrobe

5 Pieces of Country Clothing for Your Summer Capsule Wardrobe

You're out in the fields, the sun is shining, and the birds are singing. But then, out of nowhere, the clouds roll in and the rain starts pouring.

I bet you're thinking, "Yep, been there!" That's the beauty of British summer – it keeps us on our toes!

In the countryside, we're experts at preparing for the wet and wild weather of winter. We stock up on waterproof coats, wellies, and thermals, ready to face whatever Mother Nature throws our way. But here's the thing: it's just as important to be prepared for the summertime too.

The beauty of country wear has always been in its versatility. It works throughout all the seasons, keeping you well-dressed and comfortable whether it's a frosty morning or a glorious sunny afternoon. So we thought we'd share 5 key pieces to build up a summer capsule wardrobe that's perfect for our beautiful British countryside.


1. Lightweight Shirt

Champion Tattersall Short Sleeve Shirt against a white background

First up is a trusty shirt. In the warmer months, breathability is key. Shirts crafted from lightweight fabrics like cotton allow air to circulate, keeping you cool and comfortable even on the hottest days.

These shirts truly do it all, sliding effortlessly from mucking out stalls and strolling with the dogs to enjoying local fairs or keeping up with the kids on holiday.

A couple of key reasons why they are must-have for your summer wardrobe are:

  • Versatile Pieces: Wear them with a pair of jeans or shorts for a smart-casual look, or layer them over a t-shirt for a relaxed vibe. Roll up the sleeves for a laid-back feel, or choose a short sleeve shirt to see you through the season. 
  • Style Variety: Classic plaids and checks, fashionable flannels, smart tattersall shirts, an all-rounder white shirt - there's something to suit every personal style. 


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2. Deck Shoes

Orca Bay Creek Mens Deck Shoes in saddle colour against a white background

Deck shoes, also known as boat shoes, are designed with both style and function in mind.

Here's why they're a summer staple:

  • Grip and Traction: They feature specialised soles with grooves that provide excellent grip, making them ideal for walking on slippery surfaces like boat decks or wet grass.
  • Comfort: With padded insoles and soft leather uppers, these shoes offer all-day comfort, whether you're out exploring the countryside or on a beach holiday.
  • Breathability: The breathable construction of deck shoes helps to keep your feet cool and comfortable, even in hot weather. Their lightweight design allows air to circulate freely, preventing overheating and moisture buildup.


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This footwear comes in a variety of styles and colours, from classic leather designs to more modern canvas options. 

A few bestsellers that are worth checking out are:

When it comes to those hot summer days and you need something more substantial than a pair of flip flops, boat shoes are the ultimate winner. 



3. Wide Brim Hat 

Tilley Hats T3 Wanderer Hat in gold against a white background

With the sun shining down, it's important to protect yourself from harmful UV rays, and a wide brimmed hat is the perfect way to do just that.

This staple piece of headwear offers some key benefits:

  • Sun Protection: The wide brim of these hats provides shade for your face, neck, and shoulders, keeping you sun-smart throughout work or leisure during the warmer weather. 
  • Versatility: These sun hats are not just for outdoor work – they're also a stylish accessory for attending country shows, events, or even just relaxing in the garden. They are often the finishing touch that brings an outfit together.


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  • Tilley Hats are renowned for their durability and sun protection. Made from high-quality materials and featuring a wide brim and UPF 50+ rating, you can't go wrong with investing in one of their great hats.
  • Musto also has some brilliant options, which are ideal for sailing or city sightseeing. The Musto Evolution Fast Dry Brimmed Hat is a particular favourite.

For a more sporty and modern look, baseball caps are also worth checking out. While they may not offer as much sun protection as wide-brimmed hats, they're still a practical choice for keeping the sun out of your eyes during outdoor activities.



4. Shorts

Navy coloured Helly Hansen Mens Crewline Cargo Shorts 2.0 on white background

Summer days in the countryside can be both warm and humid, so shorts are a vital addition to your wardrobe.

Here's why they're a must-have for tackling outdoor work and leisure activities alike:

  • Style Variety: Mens and womens shorts come in a variety of styles, from classic chino shorts to rugged cargo shorts and everything in between. Whether you prefer a tailored look or a more relaxed fit, there's a style of shorts to suit every taste and occasion.
  • Versatility in Wear: One of the best things about shorts is their versatility. Pair them with a crisp polo shirt for a smart casual look, or opt for a laid-back vibe with a simple t-shirt. Shorts go with just about anything, making them the perfect choice for a wide range of activities.
  • Practicality for Outdoor Work: For outdoor work such as gardening, farming, or landscaping, shorts offer freedom of movement and breathability, keeping you cool and comfortable even on the hottest days. Look for durable materials like cotton twill or ripstop fabric to tackle the wear and tear of tough tasks.


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Let's explore some top brands offering quality shorts for summer:

  • Helly Hansen: Known for their performance outdoor gear, Helly Hansen offers modern shorts that are perfect for sailing or outdoor adventures. Made from lightweight and quick-drying materials, they are designed to keep you comfortable during long days on the water or out and about in the countryside.

  • TuffStuff: If you're looking for shorts that can handle your outdoor work, look no further than TuffStuff. Their durable and hardwearing shorts are designed for working outdoors in the summer, offering both comfort and practicality.



5. Lightweight Waterproof Jacket

Oyster Lilac coloured Didriksons Tilde Womens Jacket on White background

In the British countryside, summer showers are as inevitable as the sunrise! That's why a lightweight waterproof jacket is an absolute essential for your wardrobe.

It's the perfect combination of style and practicality, keeping you dry without weighing you down. 

When it comes to choosing the right jacket, there are a few key factors to consider:

  • Waterproofing: A good waterproof rating ensures your jacket will stand up to everything from a drizzle to a dazzling rainstorm.
  • Breathability: While staying dry is important, you also want a jacket that allows your skin to breathe. Look for those with breathable membranes or vents to prevent you from feeling hot and sweaty.
  • Packability: A light jacket that can be easily packed away when not in use is ideal for country living. Whether you're out for a walk or running errands, you never know when you might need to throw on your jacket to stay dry.


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We have a great selection for both men and women, with a few notable brands listed below:

  • Didriksons: Offering a wide range of seasonal waterproofs, Didriksons provides light options perfect for spring and summer months. Their jackets are not only stylish but also highly functional, ensuring you're prepared for whatever the weather brings.
  • Ariat: Known for their quality equestrian gear, Ariat also offers lightweight jackets suitable for country pursuits like horse riding. These jackets are designed to withstand the demands of outdoor activities while keeping you dry and comfortable
  • Hoggs of Fife: With a focus on quality and functionality, Hoggs of Fife jackets are perfect for farming, fishing, or simply enjoying the great outdoors in the summer season. Their durable yet lightweight designs make them a practical choice for countryside living.



    Besides rounding up these top five items everyone should have, we've also put together a full summer collection to help you stock up on everything you need for this season's escapades. From practical gardening clogs and sandals to polo shirts and swimwear, our range has you covered from head to toe with stylish choices.

    And now you'll be decked out for the warmer weather, make sure you stop by our blog: it is your go-to resource for everything happening in the British countryside over the summer months. Country shows, equestrian events, farmers markets - we cover it all, keeping you informed and inspired to make the most of this beautiful season.

    Now we'd like to hear from you! What's your favourite thing about summer in the countryside? Let us know in the comments below.


    About the Author

    Mark Holland has a keen eye for all things men's country clothing. Living amidst the fields and farms, he understands the practical aspects of rural living and the timeless style that accompanies it. His advice reflects a genuine appreciation for the comfort and connection that come with country wear. If you're looking for down-to-earth recommendations, then trust Mark to guide you through kitting out your wardrobe with firm favourites and classic designs.

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