Luxury outdoor clothing and accessories to add to your wardrobe
These are the high-quality investment pieces in our wardrobes and on our wish lists.
If you spend a lot of time out of the house, investing in quality outerwear is a sensible move. Not only are premium items specifically designed for life outdoors, but their high-quality materials and careful design mean they’re likely to continue performing well and looking great year after year.
We’ve gathered together some of the best pieces of luxury outdoor clothing and accessories for a range of premium brands. Think Barbour jackets, Dubarry boots and Hunter wellies, as well as a few slightly more extravagant items.
These are the pieces we all know and love, capable of taking you from trips into town to Sunday lunches at the local pub and muddy walks in the countryside. Rather than drawing on fashion trends, these classic items will look smart and sophisticated for years to come.
Best luxury outerwear items for your wardrobe
A pair of tall wellies is an essential for anyone who likes to get out and about in winter - and a brand favourite among consumers is Hunter. Even the Queen wears its Original Boot, so you’ll be in good company as a Hunter customer.
More like this
You have plenty of choice when it comes to selecting the colour of your wellies, as they come in a wide range of tones, including bright yellow and red. But these black, glossy ones are a great everyday option.
As you’d expect, they’re made of natural rubber and completely waterproof.
Barbour wax jacket
No country wardrobe is complete without a Barbour jacket. In fact, the brand has almost become synonymous with waxed coats. Made from thick cotton treated with wax, they protect against the wind and rain, and retain heat better than other waterproof jackets.
The Bedale style has been around since 1980 and, since then, has become popular among royals and celebrities alike. Complete with a corduroy collar, checked lining and large pockets, it has all the classic Barbour touches we know and love.
Rab down jacket
Warm yet lightweight, down jackets are becoming more and more popular, and a Rab version is a great choice if you’re looking for a slightly higher-end option. Founded by climber Rab Carrington, who started out making technical sleeping bags designed to withstand the icy conditions on mountains, the brand specialises in cold-weather gear.
This lightweight Rab jacket is the one to buy for easy storage as it comes with a convenient stuff sack, which you can clip to a larger bag. It’s filled with recycled, hydrophobic down and has three pockets and a stiffened peak on the hood.
Fairfax And Favour boots
- Buy now from Joules (£355.00)
Launched in 2013, Fairfax and Favour is a relatively young brand but it’s made a big impression on British consumers, thanks to its focus on thoughtful design and high-quality materials.
The luxurious touches on these boots include a leather lining, memory foam insole and 5cm elasticated panel to provide a snug fit on the calf. You can also swap the tassel for another one in Fairfax and Favour’s selection - and even invest in a dedicated stand to keep them tidy!
With a practical low heel, these boots are ideal for days when you’re on your feet a lot. Just be sure to treat the suede before going out in wet weather!
Made for adventurers, Belstaff products are designed to stand the test of time. Although they were originally intended for use with motorsports when the brand launched in 1924, they’ve since found fans across the world. Che Guevara, Amelia Earhart and David Beckham have all owned Belstaff jackets. And Steve McQueen wore one in The Great Escape.
The Trialmaster has been around since 1948 and is Belstaff’s ‘definitive’ jacket. With its waxed navy cotton, checked twill lining and brushed corduroy linings at the collar, cuffs and hem, it’s a smart choice.
- Buy now from Dubarry (£349.00)
A common sight on dog walkers, equestrians and outdoorsy folk in general, Dubarry boots are a popular item of luxury outerwear in the UK. This is the brand’s familiar Galway model, which is made from ‘DryFast-DrySoft’ leather with a waterproof yet breathable Gore-Tex lining.
The brown boot is probably Dubarry’s most coveted version, but you can choose from a selection of different contrasting colour options, including navy, green and black.
Celtic & Co. jumper
Celtic & Co. is a small, family-run business dating back to 1990. As it champions the use of sustainably and ethically sourced natural materials, it’s the place to shop for high-quality wool and sheepskin clothing.
A warm jumper is a staple of any winter wardrobe and these are made with 100% pure merino wool, so they’re guaranteed to be cosy.
- Buy now from Rag & Bone (£190.00)
Functional yet smart, the wool fedora is a familiar favourite. It serves the dual purpose of both keeping the summer sun or winter chill at bay, while adding the finishing touch to your outfit.
We love this fedora for its 100% wool construction and leather strap detail. It’s also lightweight and floppy, so it should be easy to stash in your bag while you’re not using it.
Choose between brown, green or cool blue.
There are plenty of luxury outerwear options designed for cool weather as we wrap ourselves up in layers of cosy clothing. But Birkenstocks are one item we all look forward to wearing during the summer.
This take on the standard flip-flop is a brand bestseller, thanks to its large, adjustable straps, which keep the feet secure.
Customers love Birkenstock for its innovative, contoured EVA sole designed specifically to support the natural shape of the foot.
Holland Cooper cape
- Buy now from Oxygen (£649.00)
Characterised by equestrian style, heritage fabrics and great tailoring, Holland Cooper offers high-quality investment pieces to suit those who spend a lot of time outdoors.
This beautiful checked cape is made from wool and finished with a leather trim on the pockets, sleeves and collar. Gold hardware and faux fur detailing around the neck give the poncho a luxurious look.
Penelope Chilvers boots
- Buy now from Penelope Chilvers (£289.00)
With a pair of leather Chelsea boots in your wardrobe, you’ll always have a practical yet stylish piece of footwear to grab at a moment’s notice. Not only is this type of shoe comfortable to walk in, it’s also easy to slip on and off.
Penelope Chilvers, who developed her brand to bring the Spanish riding boot to the UK, creates the Long Tassel Boot worn by the Duchess of Cambridge since 2004. But the company’s ‘yard boot’ is the ideal choice for everyday errands and gardening jobs. It’s made with the underside of leather and coloured using vegetable dye for a weathered look.
- Buy now from The White Company (£59.00)
The White Company is renowned for its chic and sophisticated clothing and homeware. So, it’s an easy place to shop for classic accessories like this warm beanie hat.
A simple yet high-quality product, this hat is made from pure cashmere for comfort and warmth. Whether you’re on a winter walk or spending a day in town, slip this on as an effortless way to keep warm while looking smart.
Le Chameau wellies
- Buy now from Country Attire (£150.00)
Claude Chamot first set out to create comfortable rubber boots almost a century ago in 1927. Now, his brand is responsible for one of the UK’s most luxurious selections of wellies, known for their high-quality construction. It tests every single pair to make sure it’s completely waterproof.
Made with premium materials, these Wellington boots feature natural rubber collected in Vietnam and have a durable checked jersey lining. There’s also a useful side strap, so you can adjust the calf section for a better fit.
Add a Le Chameau boot bag to your order to keep your car free from mud after winter walks.
Rains waterproof backpack
- Buy now from Country Attire (£75.00)
As its name suggests, Rains creates practical outerwear and accessories designed to protect against wet weather. Based in Denmark, the brand brings simple Scandinavian style to all its pieces and has developed a wide selection of functional yet smart outdoor items.
Popular among walkers, students and commuters alike, Rains’ Classic Backpack is a useful everyday item. It has one main compartment large enough to fit a 13” laptop, and an external, zipped phone pocket. And it’s completely waterproof with a matte, wipe-clean finish.
This design is available in a wide range of smart colours, including grey, navy and dark green.
Alice is a digital writer with a knack for tracking down the most innovative and exciting products to hit the market. Working across several of Our Media's special interest brands, she's written for publications including Countryfile, Gardens Illustrated and Science Focus. Outside of work - and lusting over homeware and gardening products - you’ll find her rambling in the great outdoors or watching an old film.
13 issues for £30 when you subscribe
Subscribe to Gardens Illustrated magazine and receive your first 13 issues for £30!
Transform your Garden- Special Edition
Transform Your Garden
This special edition features advice on designing your garden from the world’s top garden designers, including top tips for redesigning your plot or creating a new garden from scratch.
Discover eight inspirational gardens in town and country, and beautiful planting ideas for year-round colour. Learn how to make the most of a small space, how to cope with a slope, and the ten most common mistakes people make, according to professional garden designers, and how to avoid them.
Enjoy insights on everything from paths and parking spaces to wildflowers and water features, so that you can be confident in starting to create the garden of your dreams.
Just £9.99 inc UK p&p
Gardens of the Globe
From botanical wonders in Australia to tranquil havens closer to home in Ireland, let this guide help you to discover some of the most glorious gardens around the world