In the 17th century, when silk started flowing in to England from the East, it became fashionable to have one’s portrait painted while wearing a silk dressing gown: Samuel Pepys records doing so in 1666. The gown shortened, and became something gentlemen donned when they retired to smoke cigars after dinner in order to protect their clothing from ash. Later, Hollywood stars embraced the trend: Fred Astaire loved his jacket so much he was buried in it. The fashion, along with smoking, may have waned, but Favourbrook still does a particularly good range, including this version in navy velvet (pictured, £690).
Designed by and named after the British general who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, the Wellington boot has insulated feet from the British climate for two
centuries. Hunter has been making ‘wellies’ for 150 of those years, including 1,185,036 pairs for the soldiers of World War I, and several pairs for The Queen. With Kate Moss
and other trend-setters wearing their Glastonbury Festival wellies with pride, Hunter has been branching out into more fashion-forward hues such as Aubergine (pictured, £85) and shimmering Nightfall. Available in Original Tall or Original Short styles.
Most people think of trainers as an American invention. Not so. The forerunner was the heel-less plimsoll shoe, originally developed in the first half of the 18th century as beachwear when working-class families started to take holidays by the seaside. The first spiked running shoe was made by Joseph William Foster in Bolton, Lancashire, in 1890, and the company he founded five years later, renamed Reebok in 1958, is still going strong today – though Foster might not recognise such rainbow-coloured, high-tech creations as Reebok’s CrossFit Nano 3.0 training shoe (pictured, £95).