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My love for independent business and supporting small brands where I can through In The Country and the platform I’ve created has been a passion of mine, right from the first edition. I saw first-hand how tricky it was to get exposure from the media giants, or how much time and effort it took to grow an account on social media, yet similarly knew how instantly transformable and valuable these things could be to a start-up or independent brand. So, at the heart of In The Country ethos’ is supporting small business, giving independent and smalls a leg-up through our multi-media coverage, whether it be here in our digital home, in the printed magazines or on our social accounts, and Nattily Dressed is one of those brands.
Born out of a love of vibrant colours and passion for the environment,
Founded by Natalie Ryan in 2018, and born out of her love for vibrant colours and passion for the environment, a new take on the country-wardrobe staple was born as she set out to launch an easy-to-wear, good for the planet lifestyle brand. She tells me, the quintessential phrase ‘nattily dressed’ means you’re looking smart, well-tailored and dressed to make a difference…
Founder, Natalie Ryan with broadcaster and author, Clare Balding OBE both sporting Nattily Dressed gilets in style!
Be bright, be bold and be beautiful are three statements that come to mind when I think of what it is like to wear Natalie’s designs. I first met Natalie at Burghley I believe (it could have been Badminton), and we immediately hit it off, sharing the highs and lows of what life as an entrepreneur can be like. I was keen from that moment on to show my support for her brand and provide the leg-up I knew I could. Since then, Nattily dressed has featured in various print editions of In The Country and online as part of our piece on sustainable British brands which you can read here.
Natalie tells me that on average 20 plastic bottles are recycled to make the Polartec fleece for each of her gilets!! Earlier this summer, Natalie sent me one to try out for myself.
As a lover of muted tones, earthy and neutral colours, I knew Nattily Dressed designs were a little out of my comfort zone, but in fact, I was determined that the gilet would in fact compliment my usual style by combining the two. I opted for the grey and green gilet, which I thought would be best suited to my current wardrobe. With various colour ways of navy and grey, the base is a subtle stylish classic, whilst Nattily’s colourful piping options inject a real explosion of colour into the mix.
Initially, hearing the gilets are made from recycled plastic bottles, I questioned the softness of the fabric and boy, was I blown away. The outer fleece is soft and feels top-quality, it isn’t too thin or harsh to touch, but instead – the perfect balance of sumptuous quality and practicality in terms of weight/thickness and so great for layering during the Autumn/Winter months.
Unfortunately I didn’t test mine during the colder season and so whilst I would love love love to layer up using the Nattily Dressed gilet, not this season.
The recycled Polartec® fabric means that not only are these gilets sustainable, they are practical too, working to provide the ultimate level of warmth, protection and durability year-round.
The fit of the gilet too was great, it was generous (I requested a 12) with a flattering tailored back which is adjustable at the waist. The pockets are designed with a brushed fabric lining to keep cold hands warm (and fingers moving!) during the colder weather.
If you’re after a more fitted look, I’d recommend order a size-down from your usual. You can also get your Nattily Dressed gilet embroided to really stand out from the crowd, or for uniform wear. At £120 for the adult gilet and just £75 for the children’s option, these Nattily Dressed gilets are an affordable, essential country-wardrobe investment piece. Plus Nattily produce children’s gilets in ages 1 through to 12!
With many county shows, game fairs and horse trials still unconfirmed for this coming year, with almost all cancelled in 2020. The effect this has had on brands whom rely on the footfall from these shows has been catastrophic and so, if we can support them in buying online, sharing, liking, following or commenting on social posts will go a lot further than you think. Remember, in supporting a small business, you are supporting someone’s dream, and Natalie’s is one filled with colour and consideration for the environment.
Until next time…
Lots of love,