Guest post by Jennifer Monahan.
One of the hottest trends in fashion right now is having
equestrian hints in your wardrobe. The look you are going for might not be
totally equestrian, but you might hint at it. These seven pieces, some of which
you likely already have in your wardrobe, will help keep that equestrian style
that you love, but make it appropriate for many other occasions.
1. Collared Shirts
You don’t want to go over the top with your collared shirts
because they can go a little costume like. A simple, less bold, plaid shirt
with darker or neutral colors, like black, gray, white, navy and various shades
of brown or dark gray look great. If you really want a hit of color, add
accents of a faded pink or dark red.
If you want to keep things vintage, a fitted crisp white shirt with ruffled collars
with unique cuff details is a classic equestrian style. If ruffled collars
aren’t your thing, perhaps check out shirts with wrap neck collars
for more of an edgy equestrian look. These options will allow you to still feel comfortable, and
give you the ability to easily mix and match them into your wardrobe. If you
want to go a little more equestrian, tuck them into whatever you wear on the
2. Equestrian Boots
Equestrian riding boots are probably the first thing you
think of when you consider working equestrian style into your wardrobe.
Throwing on a pair
of black knee-high riding boots under a dress with some tights
automatically brings some equestrian flare to your outfit. For a more casual
look, slide them over your skinny jeans, or under your bootcuts, for an easy
and understated way to go equestrian chic.
3. Charm Bracelets
Jewelry really isn’t the first thing you think about when
you consider adding equestrian elements to your wardrobe. However, it is a very
smart way to add a dash of sparkle with a bit of equestrian vibes. Don’t go too
heavy on the gaudy or sparkly jewelry, as that can actually take away from the
whole feel of the outfit (for inspiration see Mack & Jane Artisan Equestrian Cuffs with charms, pictured here).
4. Fitted Breeches
Fitted breeches are another way that you can bring
equestrian elements into your wardrobe. Aside from looking better on many
people and fitting into the riding boot better, fitted breeches are generally more comfortable too. If you really want to amp up
the equestrian vibe, consider getting pants that have leather detailing on the
leg or are complete sleek with a lack of seams or pockets.
This one might not scream equestrian, but it can really help
to tie a look together. Look for scarves in satin or silk that you can tie
around your neck or one that you can tie to the handle of your bag. There are
many different ways you can tie your scarves, so you will never get bored with
this one accessory.
6. Leather Belts
Leather belts are a practical way to bring equestrian
elements into your wardrobe. A mid-size black or brown belt will hold up your
pants or skirt but will also add some rougher textures into the look. If it’s
your style, add a moderately sized belt buckle that you like, for an extra hint
of that equestrian vibe. If you don’t have belt loops on your pants, you can
also use them to cinch in the waist of your sweater or dress.
7. Tweed Blazers
blazer is not only a really great item to have in your wardrobe, but it is
also one of the best equestrian elements you can invest in. You can pair it
with just about anything – from cotton floral dresses to a pencil skirt and
heels. You have to be careful not to pair it with too many other things on the
list, however, or you will go into that dreaded costume territory again.
In the end, you have to be selective
about which items from the list you want to use and when. While the boots can
be paired with just about anything on the list (and in your wardrobe in
general), you have to be careful about laying on too many items. Get out there
and don’t afraid to add some equestrian chic accents to your everyday wardrobe!
Jennifer Monahan is a freelance writer and a mom of 2
fantastic kids out of Jackson Hole Wyoming. When she’s not working around the
house, riding her horse or cleaning up after her husband, she likes to keep up
and write about the newest fashion trends. You can follow her on twitter