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Cobweb shawl, lacy alpaca, cream over cream smock shirt, softly tailored in textured wool. Shawl, at Inca. Shirt by Donald Davies, at Mary and Donald Davies Shops.

Though the work year is just beginning I'm still caught up in the lingering dreaminess of the holidays—though I traveled, I only visited cities, which has left me eagerly wishing for an escape to the countryside and some time spent in nature. In keeping with this website's name, here is muse Jean Shrimpton photographed on her farm in Wales. If like me you plan your trips around the outfits you can wear, this editorial is the ideal country wardrobe—though the Sally Tuffin grey Donegal suit would look just as good at your first business lunch of 2015 as it does in Jean's green-and-yellow farmhouse kitchen.

Jean Shrimpton photographed by David Bailey for Vogue UK, October 15, 1972.

Surrounded by rolling fields and wild rhododendron, Jean has escaped into the Welsh countryside. She's painted her doors in primary colours, and her walls with the dye used for marking the sheep. She spends a lot of time taking and printing photographs, reading, and fooling around with her dogs. She's a girl without frills, looking for her own answers, and leading a very private life. We photographed her in the most natural clothes, wool plan and Donegal, alpaca and printed, knitted, woven and crocheted, layered, shirred, aproned and hooded. And Jean made them all come alive.

The great Peruvian sweater breaking unfamiliar ground, llamas overlooking the cows, in browns and natural alpaca, and a similar hat. At Inca. Thick cream socks, at Mary and Donald Davies Shops. Fishing boots from Hardys.

 

(L) The greatest cape, left, layers coloured from the earth right up the hazelnut tree in widening circles, with deep pockets, wide brown trousers. By Sally Tuffin. Brown Shallow brimmed hat, Herbert Johnson. Black rubber riding boots, from W. H. Gidden. (R) Grey day Donegal knit cardigan jacket, right, tied at the back, with straightforward trousers. By Lil.

 

(L) Grass green flannel easy-going tucked trousers, left, with ruched bodice, all in one over warm red and white simple striped tunic shirt in Osmalene. By Foale & Tuffin. Red and white pleated cotton apron, at Inca. Grass green flannel easy-going tucked trousers, left, with ruched bodice, all in one over warm red and white simple striped tunic shirt in Osmalene. By Foale & Tuffin. Red and white pleated cotton apron, at Inca. (L) Dazzling kingfisher blue wool shirt, right, with tie neck wraparound plaid wool skirt, sensible socks, at Mary and Donald Davies Shops. Over all, an apron from a Peruvian market, all tucked with lace and secrets zip pockets, at Inca. White clogs, Nylon hosiery, at D.H. Evans.

 

Chunky Donegal textured sweater, classic with very fresh look and lots of ribbing, flared skirt to just above the knee, and soft brimmed hat, all in browns. By Jap.

 

(L) Morning gathered garlands of blue on soft Viyella, left, edged with lace, a hooded nightgown, high waisted with deep sleeves. By Gina Fratini. (R) Knitted cream, right, with tucks across the yoke and short sleeves, bold buttons, over Donegal textured trousers. By Jap. Plaid wool shirt, at Mary and Donald Davies Shops.

 

Raincoat, right, with flare, plenty of shape, and pockets. In stone gabardine, to wear over grey flannel trousers. Both at Saint Laurent Rive Gauche. Brown velvet hat, at Herbert Johnson.

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