A style icon less ordinary #1

Who? Landgirls ( or the Women’s Land Army)

When? The war years, 1939 – 45, Britain

What? Whilst men fought battles overseas, women tied a scarf in their hair and mucked in, taking up the roles left vacant as a result of male involvement in the war.

Style? Corduroy breeches (turned up trousers), overcoat, utility dungarees, sturdy boots, fawn shirts, knits, thick wool stockings, flat brown lace – ups.

Why? Practical and tomboyish, it’s a refreshing look to channel. Mix rough textures – wools and tweeds – with well fitting shirts, chunky tights, raincoat and boots or brogues. Margaret Howell’s autumn/winter collection provides further inspiration.

- Kathryn O’Regan

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