Shop The Trend: The Great Outdoors

24/11/2010 19:22 | Updated 22 May 2015

This season, designers let their adventurous streaks shine and embraced The Great Outdoors. From woodland creatures at Topshop Unique to snowbunnies at D&G and explorers at Hussein Chalayan, clothes were about function as much as fashion, with textured fabrics like woolly knits, tweed, shearling, flannel and Fair Isle.

Accessories are key to this trend - a slouchy rucksack, chunky scarf or pair of lace-up boots will get you outdoors-ready, while knitwear pieces that you probably already own like oversized cardis, sweater dresses and poncho-style coats will keep you warm and cosy. The trend is super simple to pull off: just layer and go.

Pay homage to the trend with fake fur anything (or everything, which Karl Lagerfeld did at Chanel). You'll be chic in even the most extreme weather conditions.,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=956746&pid=956745&uts=1290426446

Shop the Trend: The Great Outdoors

This giant hooded cardigan, a cross between a poncho and a duffel coat, makes us want to cuddle up. Bonus: the reindeer print is a playful choice for the winter months.

Oversize cardigan, £510,

Shop the Trend: The Great Outdoors

Ditch your handbag for a season and carry your stuff in a rucksack. This fake fur version keeps you stylish and at one with nature as an everyday look or for a weekend in the country.

Faux fur rucksack, £30, Topshop

Shop the Trend: The Great Outdoors

Fairisle prints are huge this season and we love this bright, feminine take on the pattern courtesy of Mulberry. This fitted short-sleeved top goes well with this season's full-skirted looks and wide-leg trousers, and the heart-shaped pocket is just the right side of girly.

Fairisle top in plum/angora blend, £250, Mulberry

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The hiking boot gets a high-heeled update that you can wear with miniskirts and thick tights as well as trousers.

Black heeled worker boots, £50, Dorothy Perkins

Shop the Trend: The Great Outdoors

A sweater dress is essential. Not only is it comfy and cosy in the colder months, it's a fuss-free wardrobe staple that's smart enough to take you into the evening.

Wool cashmere cable knit sweater dress, £118, Jigsaw

Shop the Trend: The Great Outdoors

Nothing says outdoorsy like checks and flannel. The ruffles make this top smarter than your average plaid shirt.

August tartan shirt with ruffles, £105, Lauren by Ralph Lauren at House of Fraser

Shop the Trend: The Great Outdoors

Embrace the feel of the British countryside with a pair of cords in autumnal colours - pair with a waistcoat, check jacket and tweed cap for a bit of eccentric English flair (and a Dior AW 10-style look).

Jumbo cord trousers, £175, Jaeger

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Outdoorsy style doesn't need to be casual. You'll be the life of the (holiday) party in this strapless tweed corset dress.

Donegal corset dress, £1,275, Paul Smith

Shop the Trend: The Great Outdoors

This snowflake print waistcoat is the perfect chunky knit: warm, snug and ideal for a cosy winter night by the fire.

Chunky patterned waistcoat, £60, Next

Shop the Trend: The Great Outdoors

Yeti style has never been so chic: these faux fur boots with an icicle-inspired heel are the must-have accessory for winter dressing.

Fantasy fur shoes, £692, Chanel

Shop the Trend: The Great Outdoors


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