Want to look effortlessly cool? Take a leaf out of Benedict Cumberbatch’s book. He wears that Sherlock TV wardrobe so well.
Most of the pieces are classic British brands, or top-end designer, yet the way he wears them makes them so low-key.
The coat is the hot ticket item. It just makes everything work and, with its red-stitched buttonhole, looks a little bit street, a little bit edgy. It’s by Belstaff, but Ben’s model is no longer available. The new version – The Milford, £1,095 – is a perfect substitute. Never button it up. Ever.
The Jaxon & James grey tweed deerstalker is an altogether more tricky number. You’ll need a strong jaw and a thick skin to traipse down the high street in this. But if you’re going the whole hog, it’s essential and costs just over £20. Do not untie the bow at any time. You’ll look stupid.
Hand-made brogues – that goes without saying. Black, punched, laced, good leather. Scuffed is good. Scuffed is very good.
Beautifully-cut shirts are key. They should look unimportant, plain, relaxed and a little bit crumpled. Open-neck. Always. Black, white, grey, possibly claret? Dolce & Gabanna work. £235 Selfridges/Harrods.
Mulberry wool scarf. Non-primary colour. No pattern. Cashmere, naturally, £195.
Dents handsewn, lambswool lined Oxford Leather Gloves. Black. of course. £64.95.
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Try something new at Moors Valley on Disabled Access Day
From joining in the parkrun or taking part in an under-7’s sensory nature trail, to cycling and even orienteering, visitors of all abilities and ages can get out and about at Moors Valley Country Park’s Disabled Access Day on 11 March.
Rangers, guides and other support staff will be on hand to assist visitors with whatever they may like to try – and you do not need to be registered disabled to do it! Some local charities will also be on hand with information to share.
The Park carried off the Gold award for ‘Access and Inclusivity’ in last October’s Dorset Tourism Awards and their Access for All web page lists a complete timetable of activities, details of wheelchair bikes, manual wheelchairs and a Braille leaflet, as well as accessibility maps.
And anyone wanting to try one of the Tramper mobility scooters can take advantage of a FREE two-week trial membership of Countryside Mobility or get 18 months for the price of 12 if you join as an annual member. Just call the Rangers on 01425 470721 for details.
Everything is free on the day but vehicle charges apply unless it is tax exempt for disability, for which proof evidence documents will be needed. Holders of a Dorset Max card are eligible for a reduced parking rate. In both cases, just drop into the Visitor Centre on arrival.
Moors Valley Ranger and disability accessibility champion, Katie Davies said, “We are very proud to hold the Gold Award for Access and Inclusivity. This special day allows us to showcase why we won this prestigious accolade and demonstrate just how straightforward it is to get out and about in the great outdoors. We truly want everyone, no matter what their ability, to be able to enjoy the wide range of activities onn offer at Moors Valley.”
The day runs from 10.30am to 3pm but the parkrun gets underway at 9am. Check the website for further details as timings may change – www.moors-valley.co.uk or call the Rangers on 01425 470721.