Maybe it has something to do with being born in the English countryside. Even though I only spent my first seven years there, I seem to have spent the rest of my life obsessed with traditional countryside garb. I remember briefly taking riding lessons as a child, but to be perfectly honest, I think I was more interested in the outfits than in winning any blue ribbons. That being said, this new equestrian trend feels right at home to me!
Living in Los Angeles, one doesn’t often get the opportunity to wear rain gear. But you better believe that at the first sight of any grey cloud, I am in my Hunter Wellington boots and my Barbour hunting jacket… dying for any opportunity to get back to my roots (well, at least my fashion roots). On certainly more than one occasion, I have found myself looking a bit ridiculous once the brief shower has passed, and the rest of the day is spent in glorious sunshine.
This fall, I am finally being given the opportunity to wear all of the jodhpurs, riding boots and hacking jackets my heart desires and still look fashionable. With some of the best designers embracing this trend, I’ll finally get the best of both worlds.
Now, I know that just because I love this look from head to toe, not everyone else will feel quite so connected to it. There are ways to incorporate this look into your fall wardrobe without such a big commitment. My favorite way would be the classic riding boot.
Riding boots look great with skinny jeans, a T-shirt and a blazer… it’s a bit more of a toned down equestrian look while still looking regal, classic and stylish. I also love riding boots with opaque black tights, a mini skirt and a chunky knit sweater. For those more interested in a boot with a heel, go for a less conventional look by pairing them with a fuller skirt that falls just over the top of your boot.
Boots are obviously the most typical way to embrace the equestrian trend, but be sure not to miss some other alternatives. There are tons of great horse-inspired prints out there from silk blouses to graphic T-shirts. Or look for embellishments like bridle- and harness-inspired belts and fastens. Then grab a tweed coat, riding helmet-style hat and leather gloves.
With so many options and ways to incorporate this trend, you might just end up loving it as much as I do.