Just before Christmas I was approached by Rydale Clothing, who asked if they could send me some products in exchange for an honest review.
I’ll admit that I hadn’t heard of Rydale Clothing before, and since I’ve become a lot more aware of the downsides of fast fashion in recent months I felt I should ‘check them out’ before I agreed to anything. I found a small Yorkshire-based family business, who talked of valuing quality and durability, expressed pride at manufacturing their goods in England, and have invested in waste management and recycling (including planting forests to offset any residual carbon footprint). Add to that a bit of classic British traditional styling and I felt this was a collaboration I could happily accept!
The Wistow shirt is made of 100% cotton and comes in several country-themed patterns, including flying ducks and country dogs. I think the hare pattern is fresh and interesting and a lovely choice for spring. The shirt fits tight across the bust and it would definitely be worth going up a size if you are at all unsure. Otherwise the shirt fits comfortably long in the length and the sleeve, and the cuff is pleasantly wide (no struggling to get the cuff over your wrist if you’ve forgotten to take your watch off first, which is a particular bugbear of mine!).
One thing I didn’t like was the cuff buttons – they are a sort of mother-of-pearl imitation, and I would have preferred plain buttons. I did find that one cuff button came off during wear and although I have no problem with sewing a button back on I would rather I didn’t have to! This aside, the Wistow is a charming shirt which I can see getting a lot of wear in my spring wardrobe.
The Wistow wellington boots come in the same hare pattern as the shirt, and wearing both together in a matchy matchy outfit makes me really happy! The boots are modelled somewhat closely(!) on a Hunter boot design and fit true to size. I am a ‘large size 5’ so I do need to take a 6 in some shoes, but I didn’t have to size up here, although I should add that might be worth considering sizing up should you want to wear thick socks underneath! I wore the boots out on a long country walk through the chalk mud of my homeland to test their performance and did not find my feet getting cold, although they obviously aren’t as warm as a premium neoprene or leather lined hunting welly. I also wore the boots to the allotment and found they battled with the thick December mud amiably.
One feature I did enjoy was the ‘welly-off’ ridge attached to the back of each boot, which made getting the wellies off tired feet at the end of the day much easier! This ease of use has seen me grabbing these wellies over my others for multiple dog walks since I’ve had them. Overall they are lovely comfortable boots which performed very well for their price and I think they would be perfect for wet weather walks and light duty allotmenting. I can’t wait to wear my hare print combo out at the allotment in spring, and I couldn’t resist ordering myself a matching welly boot bag in hare print too!
I found Rydale Clothing to be an affordable inlet into British country clothing, which can be very expensive. Both items I reviewed have proved both practical and pretty and I can certainly see myself ordering from Rydale again in future. Perhaps a nice tweed jacket with a touch of pink!
I have placed the link to both products I have reviewed below in case you would like to check them out for yourselves. Now would be a good time, as there is a January sale on!
Link to products:
Wistow printed shirt in Hare White, £29.99: https://www.rydale.com/products/wistow-printed-shirt?variant=44671652495
Wistow printed wellington boots in Hare Thistle, £39.99: https://www.rydale.com/products/wistow-wellington-boots