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Thursday, 20 September 2018

How To Wear The Heritage Trend | John Smedley

Sezincote House Fashion Blog Photoshoot
A buzz of excitement tends to circulate around this time of year, thanks to the introduction of new trends and the possibility of new styling options now that we can swap over to our cold-weather wardrobes.  Ooh, yes please!  Above all else, something that's caught my eye for Autumn is Heritage Style; a tried and tested trend that tends to come back each time more powerful.  Classic prints and materials built to stand the test of time, and look chic while doing so.  Corduroy, checks, tweeds and heritage fabrics.  The colour palette tends to be neutral and this year, seemingly with a focus on warmer tones.  And you know what?  That suits me just fine, because lately I've developed a newfound appreciation for warm tones; such as caramel, brown, camel and gold.  So, what better time of year to explore a new colour palette than Autumn, and when a trend so eagerly welcomes the shades?!  Time to get familiar with the Heritage trend...
Holly Fulton x John Smedley Brown Zip T Shirt
Travel Blogger English Garden Photography
John Smedley Merino Wool Brown Top
Autumn 2018 Trend Heritage Style


(similar styles available in green and red)

Bag - Ralph Lauren

Shoes - Kurt Geiger


Sezincote Gardens Travel Blog Photography
Ralph Lauren Brown Crock Handbag
Sezincote House Travel Blog Photography and Review
John Smedley Holly Fulton Zip Up Brown T Shirt
Heritage Trend AW 2018 Fashion Blog Styling
So, you're wanting to push your wardrobe towards the new season trend, complete with heritage prints, warm tones and a certain vibe that says 'you got this'.  Well, the best place to start is by adding a pair of checked trousers to your wardrobe; tight-fitting, classic and in a neutral shade that complements other pieces you wear regularly.  Next stop, knitwear.  The extra fine merino wool t-shirt I'm wearing is from the Holly Fulton x John Smedley contemporary range; the brand's second collaboration with the British designer.  The zip-up design feature immediately caught my eye, particularly as I'm always on the lookout for flattering necklines.  Oh and would you look at that - it features a warm tone!  The camel shade ticks all of the right boxes for the trend, and the extra-fine merino wool is totally in fitting with the trend's rule of opting for superior fabrics.
John Smedley Heritage Trend Fashion Blog
John Smedley UK Fashion Blog Collaboration
So, it's nearly time to throw ourselves headfirst into all things John Smedley, in the form of an edit of their best, luxurious pieces that work with this season's Heritage trend.  But before that, I've brainstormed a few other ways to wear the trend this Autumn, using pieces that are most likely to be already lurking in your wardrobe.  First of all, keeping the colour palette in mind, whip out your oversized coats and jackets.  A key feature of the trend is layering and nothing screams 'heritage' so loudly as a knit waistcoat or v-neck jumper layered over a crisp white shirt, covered by a check coat.  Another suggestion would be to take a peek at your footwear.  Do you own any knee-high riding boots?  Tan brogues? 
Brown Check Trousers Heritage Trend
How to Wear the Heritage Trend AW 2018

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As I mentioned earlier, layering is a huge element of the heritage trend - which is where John Smedley comes in!  The range of colours and knits from the British brand are incredible.  Alongside my fine-knit merino wool top, here are some other fabulous finds available on their website, ideal for layering underneath your fave wool check coat...
John Smedley Knitwear Fashion Blog Edit
Clockwise from top left: Ada in Bronze, Corey in Bronze, Orchid in Snow White, Trieste in Camel, Willa in Camel, Manarola in Camel

Sezincote Travel Blog Photography 2018
How To Wear the Heritage Trend AW 2018 Fashion Blog
Vintage Red Car Decorated With Flowers
Personally, this season my interpretation of the heritage trend will involve a focus on a few keywords: chic, classic and equestrian.  I'll be keeping an eye out for suede arm pads, ruffles and buttery leather. Oh and if an item looks as though it belongs in a Ralph Lauren editorial?  You can bet I'll be picking it up!  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the heritage trend - will you be wearing it this season?  Let me know in the comments below!

Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> Autumn Wardrobe | 5 Quick Updates!

With love,

Gabrielle x

Thanks to John Smedley for working with me on this post!


  1. Loving this look at the moment, need to get my hands on those Zara trousers! Lovely photos and a gorgeous location too X

  2. Your checked pants are so fun and I love the vintage vibe of this outfit - this is the perfect trend for you as you wear caramel tones so well! :)

    Hope you've been having a nice week and have a great weekend ahead of you :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. Love this break down of this style! The timeless, yet vintage style, of this trend is so interesting to explore for fall as it suits so well with the prints and the colors. Love your pants, they're so chic and gorgeous with that bag!! Xx

  4. I love the heritage style! Literally living for plaid trousers at the moment, love the way that you’ve style these ones x

    Chloe x

  5. Such a great look, it’s a nice way of styling…
    IG @grace_njio

  6. Amazing pictures, as always! Classics are the best because they work always and with almost everything. But I want those classic pieces to last for a long time so I need to find the perfect piece; I'm still on the lookout for a crisp, white shirt and the perfect pair of checked trousers. It's not easy :D

    xx Teresa -

  7. Oooh, I've been looking for some similar trousers and I never thought to look in Zara, thanks! Beautiful pictures too and such a gorgeous location!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  8. I love the heritage trend! I will definitely take what you said about checked trousers, waist coats and layering on board! It's going to be a very stylish autumn/winter!


  9. For me, a perfect working girl !
    Beautiful your pictures

  10. So classy, Gabrielle! I love how these sand and golden neutrals look on you. I've been interested in adding checked pants to my wardrobe, so I'll be officially on the hunt for them now ;) I also love that bag, it's timeless and I'm sure it can be worn all year round. <3 Love the location, by the way!

  11. You have definitely made a most stylish case for heritage dressing Gabrielle! You can never go wrong with classics especially with pieces that look so smart and versatile. The change of seasons really does bring so much new possibilities. Enjoy your weekend lovely!

  12. Your pictures are really beautiful girl.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Xo

  13. This is such a great post babe! I'm loving your pictures here, you look stunning :)

  14. Love this look so classic! I think riding boots would pair well with this look. These photos are BEAUTIFUL.

    S | Je M'appelle Chanel

  15. I love checked and plaid patterns! And your pants would fit perfectly in my closet. Hahah!
    xoxo Ros (

  16. Oooo really loving this heritage chic look, I am on board with this for sure. And nothing is more heritage chic then a Ralph Lauren bag!

    Allie of

  17. You're totally rocking the heritage trend. I love the checkered pants!
    Definitely a trend I can't wait to wear this season.

  18. I do like the sound and the look of the heritage trend. I always loved traditional fabrics, patterns and artistry. This outfit is absolutely perfect. I do like the warm tones....perfect for the start of Autumn....What a gorgeous pair of trousers btw!

    You look stunning...and you always find stunning locations to shoot at!

  19. Your photos are always so beautiful! I've been loving warmer tones for this upcoming fall season and the heritage trend is definitely something I can get onboard with. Those checked pants are so pretty and I love the striped detail on the top's sleeves.

    x Kara |

  20. Oh very amazing place darling! Great photos

  21. This location is amazing! I love the heritage trend but still trying to get it to work into my personal style so i feel myself in it. I think these pants are really great!


  22. This is so gorgeous girl! Love the pics and your outfit - you look so classy! x

  23. The heritage trend suits you SO well Gabrielle! Beautiful photos as always and this location is just stunning.
    Amy xx

  24. I love the color palette and the timeless chic of these pieces. They are certainly worth investing in, as they can be worn over and over again.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

  25. Ooh your Zara trousers are my favourite piece in this look Gabrielle! I love the frills. But your merino top is also gorgeous, camel shades are beautiful in the autumn/winter and with this heritage trend, they look so smart. Location is beautiful too!

    Julia x
    Last Post: Why You Should Do What Makes You Happy |

  26. I don't know hw you always find such perfect locations for your photoshoots and they go so well with your post

  27. I think you can pull off any outfit! You're so stylish :)

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  28. I'm definitely with you on this trend Gabrielle, I've certainly noticed the warmer, caramel tones popping up and I'm excited! I think there's something about this trend that is so sophisticated and absoloutely perfect for the office. I'm just trying to work out how to make it work for after work too!

    Musings & More

  29. That is such a gorgeous shirt! I adore the color on you and it looks so luxurious! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  30. OH MY LANTA! I love this outfit. The top goes really with the bottoms + you are definitely rocking it!

    cabin twenty-four

  31. Loving the checked pants dear, so edgy! Chic vintage style too.

    Jessica |

  32. Looking oh so hot in the heritage trend my gorgeous Gabrielle! Slaying such a fairytale-chic-queen-outta-your-castle vibe, all the starry heart eyes! I love gold tones for autumn/winter, so much sass and stunning-ness. You slay camel, brown and caramel like the sun-kissed stunnah you 100% are! All the gorgeous stylish paradise auras :) I love the zip detailing on your on-point t-shirt, so fabulous and eye-catching. Zip details are the dreamiest! Your checked frill trousers are oh so fabulous and your bag has me MESMERISED. Adore the sassy heels to slay the day too! I'm completely in awe of these outta this universe shots, you always capture so much magic and enchantment in your gorgeous photos. Starstruck over you as always no1 babe! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  33. Love this trend and love your look! This place is amazing and all your pics are so profesional and perfect.

  34. I love heritage style and I'm determined to experiment more with tweed and Corduroy this season. You look fantastic, beautiful photos. xx

    Much Love,
    Elegant Duchess xx

  35. Love your outfit, you look casual yet elegant! I didn't know this style was called heritage style, but I'm loving it! I usually wear neutrals, but more along the lines of black, white, and gray, so I'd love to introduce some warmer tones to my wardrobe!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

  36. Absolutely DYING over these pictures! What an amazing backdrop too ahh!
    -Kate //

  37. I lovee this outfit and would definitely wear it! I'm getting really into warm, caramel tones as well, instead of the usual blacks and grays I tend to prefer every fall/winter. Beautiful pictures and great tips, well done! :)

  38. Hello,

    Lovely !


  39. Like always you look so stylish and elegant dear Gabrielle. I like so much colors of your outfit.
    Lika always so stunning pictures

  40. Such a cute outfit! Love those pants!

  41. I'm so in love with your vintage vibe sin this look.
    I also have a big obsessions with brown tones lately !

  42. I'm in love with those Zara trouser. I admire how you have styled it. This is such a perfect outfit for Autumn and you are looking beautiful.The location is beyond gorgeous.
    Happy Monday <3
    Kisses <3

  43. Gorgeous outfit as always. That is my style 100% and I really love bag. It is so elegant and classic. You look awesome and your photos are so wonderful.

  44. You look so fab, love this look!
    xx- Nina

  45. OMG what a location ! Nice outfit ! :)
    Lovely pics too ;)
    Happy Monday <3
    Olivia Poncelet

  46. Classic trends and warm colours are totally my type of trend Absolutely love your outfit and all the ideas here Thanks babe xoxo Cris

  47. I love the caramel and camel colours, for this season! I love your t-shirt, the retro zip and stripes around the collar. Paired beautifully with the check trousers. I will be wearing a whole load of jumpers and wide trousers. Comfort and cosy all the way. Beautiful photos as always Gabrielle : ) xo

  48. I think the tones and the pieces a part of this trend suit you so perfectly! You just carry off the look with such a timeless elegance, hard to describe but I wish I could pull it off like that! 100% if I tried to rock this outfit like you do I would end up looking like your ugly cousin hahaha

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  49. Wow Gabrielle! You absolutely nailed that! This is so chic and styled, but it has a preppy edge to it at the same time, while remaining tailored and feminine. That's a fantastic styling and I love your striding poses, always so strong!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  50. I love heritage style, I think it's so timeless! It really suits you as well!

    Katy |

  51. While I don't think I'll be totally swapping out my wardrobe for a new look this A/W, the warmer shades really have been making an impression with me too, along with navy which is a neutral I don't have a huge amount of in my wardrobe, but I've picked up a couple of things recently to start to change that which I'm really pleased with. I just bought a beautiful cosy mustard coloured knit from Uniqlo and I think I could still do with a tan/beige coloured scarf and/or tight turtleneck as well as I think I'd get so much wear out of them in the coming months!


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