I have been after a winter coat which crosses over from horses to city for ages. I wanted something which I could wear out while spectating at equestrian events and yet would look equally at home on the streets of London. I was pretty determined it was not going to be tweed as I think the whole look has become tired, often poorly done and on a practical level tweed will often smell especially when it gets wet. Quilted coats were big last year but this year it’s the turn of waxed jackets!
This is why I was particularly excited to get my hands on the new Toggi Aylesbury Jacket. It fitted the criteria I was after – it was waxed, it has a heritage background, it was fitted, it will do a dual job of country to city and it has a nod to biker styling which fits in with how I dress outside of horses.
There is currently a revival in heritage motor bikes. Brands like Triumph, Norton and Belstaff have seen a lot of coverage this year through different fashion collaborations and along with the biker and combat boot trend which seems to be around for another season on the high street, this jacket fits in perfectly.
Country clothing can often be slow to move with the times but more and more we are seeing classic British brands doing something new like Hunter, Barbour and Toggi. There is always an air of practicality needed with country clothing but there is no reason that clothing cannot be stylish and practical.
The jacket has been admired at work (I work in buying for a large retailer) where it works well with my wardrobe and a variety of footwear and I know it will work at equestrian events where I am often spectating with my standard wear of skinny jeans with country boots.
I tend to take a size 14-16 in coats so I can get a thicker jumper under if needed in the cold of winter. I have an XL in this coat. The coat has two side straps which means you can clinch the waist in which gives it a more fitted look and with this addition the XL looks fine and retains the fitted look that I wanted. The coat comes with two good sized front pockets for stowing stuff when you don’t want to carry a bag particularly at horse events.
Inside the jacket is a really nice ditsy print which is a great addition to the jacket rather than something plain. What I really love about this jacket though is the collar. That is the bit that sold it to me and for me makes it a jacket which will cross over from country to city.
The jacket is short so if you want something which will cover your bum then this is not the jacket for you! But it’s flattering and fitted and I am far from slim. Even better it has long cuffs as I often struggle with the arm length being long enough. The Aylesbury is lightweight to wear which for me is a massive benefit as I hate heavy coats which many waxed jackets often are.
The big question is does it offer value for money? In my opinion it does. I want a product which can be worn daily, will carry on looking great in a couple of years’ time and is classically stylish. I think this jacket ticks all three boxes.