How to look like a country gentleman? 20 things you need.

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Going to the countryside for the weekend? Or even moving to the countryside? If so, you’ll want to read our guide on looking like a gentleman from the countryside!

If you live in a city, you should know that the rules are a bit different in the countryside. What you might normally wear in a city won’t be ideal for an afternoon stroll across the land.

Style is a bit more rugged in the countryside. Embrace it along with the outdoors!

It should be mentioned that some of the items below are best suited to the USA while others are more quintessentially British. This will be mentioned where necessary.

So without further ado, here are 20 clothing pieces that make a man look like a gentleman from the countryside.

01 A tweed sportcoat (In Britain)

There’s possibly no item of clothing that screams British country gentleman as a tweed sportcoat.

Made from wool, tweed is a thicker, warmer and harder-wearing material than that found in most sport coats making it perfect for the rugged countryside.

If you need to dress up a little for a wedding or something similar, a tweed suit is also worth considering.

02 A pair of good quality jeans

Nothing says cowboy quite like a pair of jeans. Originally worn only as workwear, jeans are the pant of choice for many gentlemen, particularly in North America.

Don’t believe me, go ahead and check out the series, Yellowstone.

Get yourself something fitted but not too tight. Stay away from skinny fits and opt for a straight fit or slightly slim fit.

Pair a pair of levis 501s with a check shirt and you can’t go too far wrong.

03 Cowboy Boots (USA)

Going to a Texas ranch? Cowboy boots are the perfect shoe choice, with their thick leather, wide toe and heel they’ll keep your feet protected from the elements and a bit elevated.

On top of this, cowboy boots give you that little bit of extra height when needed.

When it comes to fashion, bigger is better in the countryside.

04 Dress boots

Dress boots are a great option for any gentlemen who spend time in the countryside.

They are suitable rugged but will keep you looking smart when needed.

05 A twill flat cap (In Britain)

Part of a classic country outfit, a twill flat cap will keep the sun off your face whilst adding that touch of style.

06 A waxed cotton jacket

Another great jacket choice for the countryside is a waxed cotton jacket.

There’s nothing quite like a good waxed jacket to keep you warm in the country.

In particular, Barbour’s waxed jackets have been a staple for country gentlemen for ages for good reason.

With their special wax finish, Barbour jackets are some of the toughest on the market.

They are built to last and will still be looking good long after all your other jackets have been worn out.

07 Button-down shirts

Button-down shirts are the perfect shirt if you plan on spending time outdoors. Whilst they aren’t as stiff as other dress shirts, they can hold up to a bit of rough and tumble.

Most importantly, they have the benefit of open buttons at the collar which allows you to easily wear a tweed sportcoat or casual jacket without looking out of place.

08 Wellingtons

There’s no getting around it, the countryside can be wet and muddy, especially in Britain. Don’t let this stop you from exploring. Make sure you have a pair of comfortable wellies.

They will keep your feet dry and comfortable no matter what you get up to.

09 A Bolo Tie (USA)

Want to really get into the country gentleman look in the US? It might be worth trying out a bolo tie.

Colloquially used to describe any type of cowboy-esque tied end, the bolo tie can be found worn by country gentlemen everywhere from the ranch to the rodeo.=

This may not be appreciated in some areas; make sure to check before trying it out.

10 A sleeveless bomber jacket

Sometimes in the countryside, you need to keep warm but also need some flexibility.

A sleeveless bomber jacket is perfect for such an occasion. Keeping simple and clean, the sleeveless bomber jacket can be worn to work or in the evenings looking sharp.

11 A pocket knife

Every gentleman should have a belt knife. Farmers, ranchers, hunters and outdoorsmen alike all need a trusty blade for a variety of tasks.

12 A cowboy hat (USA)

Worn by the wealthy in cities, a cowboy hat is a perfect example of fine clothing originating from the countryside.

Apart from looking good, a cowboy hat can keep you cool and protected from the sun.

13 A pair of leather brogues (In Britain)

The most comfortable shoes on Earth, a pair of Oxfords are essential for any gentleman. They look sharp and can be dressed up with a suit or worn casually with chinos or even jeans.

14 Leather gloves

Used for centuries, leather gloves are an essential piece of clothing for any gentleman.

Whether you’re riding a horse, out for a days hunting or just need a practical pair of gloves, a quality pair will last you years and will look good in any country setting.

15 A canvas fishing vest (UK & USA)

If it’s fishing you going, you need a fishing vest.

Fishing vests come in all shapes and sizes but every one should have lots of pockets to hold your gear.

16 An umbrella

You never know when it could rain in the countryside. Keep dry by keeping a good quality umbrella on hand.

It’s worth investing in a good one that can withstand some abuse. With fewer buildings to block the wind, stormy weather in the countryside can be unforgiving.

17 A classic leather strap watch

An old-school gentleman’s watch is a great way to show you don’t need to be wealthy to look good.

However, whether it says Movado, Cartier or another well-known brand, a quality watch will keep you on time and looking sharp.

The same goes for the city by the way.

However, it may be best to opt for a brown leather strap rather than a black one in the countryside. It will just fit better.

18 A pair of brown leather chukka boots (In Britain)

Part of the country gentleman’s uniform in the UK is a pair of chukka boots. Found in a plethora of colours, brown is usually best.

Best of all, chukka boots can be worn with casual suits, chinos or even jeans.

19 A cashmere sweater (In Britain)

The ultimate in luxurious countryside clothing, a cashmere sweater is perfect for keeping you warm when the weather turns cold.

20 Corduroy pants

Corduroy pants are the best option for a country gentleman who wants to look stylish but still keep warm.

They can be worn with almost anything and look smart whether you’re in the city or out in the countryside.

Get yourself something fitted but not too tight. Stay away from skinny fits and opt for a straight fit or slightly slim fit.


That’s it for today fellas. As always, I hope you found this post helpful. Have we missed any other country gentleman essentials? If so make sure to let us know in the comments!