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The English Countryside
The British have a love of the countryside that borders on the spiritual. Novelist Brian Garfield once commented on the typical Englishman's "...mystical faith in the curative powers of fresh air irrespective of chill, humidity, or pollution." And while the land is indeed lush and lovely, the drawback, of course, is that the weather is notoriously damp and dicey. England in this sense is perhaps the polar opposite of southern California, which has gorgeous, perfect weather overlooking a rather barren, scrubby landscape. Traditional English country garb, then, is its own entire sub-genre of menswear, consisting mostly of warm woollen tweeds, earthen tones, plaids, checks, storm flaps, and thornproof rain gear. And lots of green.
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