Get Blue Ribbon Style With our Favorite Equestrian-Inspired Pieces
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, we’re skipping out on equine motifs (though if you need some inspiration from years past, be our guest and check out dragon and rabbit-inspired picks) and instead, we’re opting for classic pieces that celebrate horsey heritage. Trends come and go, but thanks to storied fashion houses such as Herm¨s and Gucci — both of which started out as leathergoods brands that catered to the saddle set — as well as jumping superstars such as Charlotte Casiraghi (the face of Gucci and fifth in line for the Monegasque throne) and classic novels like National Velvet and Black Stallion, there’s never going to be a time when tailored equestrian style won’t be in favor. And while we’re not all lucky enough to be sponsored by a big-named fashion house or even have an actual horse to call our own, we can get into a pair of classic jodhpurs and get the look. Here are our favorite picks inspired by the stables, invest in these classic pieces and you’ll be in line for a blue ribbon.
Think that wearing a pair of jodhpurs is just a little too literal? We don’t, since they’re just a trot away from wearing something like skinny jeans or tailored khaki pants. Wear the Banana Republic Heritage Jodhpur Zip Pant ($89.50) just like you would a pair of jeans and you’ll add a major style detail to your wardrobe staples. Banana Republic’s Heritage line is known for embracing the outdoorsy explorer that the brand was built on, not the office-bound adventurer that you might think of today. Wherever you’re headed, be it to the stables or the cubicles, these jodhpurs are sure to make a statement.
Available at Banana Republic.
The classic riding blazer is a hacking jacket, usually marked by contrast piping along the lapel and hem. On and off a horse, the look is all blueblooded prep, but it can get a little bit costumey if you’re not careful. So instead, we suggest a classically cut blazer such as the J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Italian Wool Flannel ($198). It’s got a shrunken proportions that take inspiration from high-end designers such as Thom Browne, but it’s still a classic investment that you can wear with anything, equestrian inspired or not.
Available at J.Crew.
A definite essential in the wardrobe of a jumper is a pair of riding boots.
Available at Piperlime.
One equestrian detail that’s available at any price point is the horse bit. You’ll recognize the detail on Gucci loafers, jewelry from Ralph Lauren and belt buckles from Brooks Brothers. But just because equestrian girls are all about understated looks doesn’t mean they can’t get a little more adventurous. The BaubleBar Gold Crystal Bit Cuff ($36) takes the classic motif and ups the glam factor thanks to glittering rhinestones. It’s a bold piece that’ll stand its own on your wrist, but it’s sure to play nice with any of your other bracelets, too. Wear it with just a watch for blue-blooded style or stack it up if you want a more fun, whimsical look.
Available at BaubleBar.
There’s one item that every girl needs, and that’s a bag. Riders love saddle bags because they’re easy to use (crossbody!) and their tan color doesn’t show dirt if you toss it around the stables. The Tory Burch Marion Saddle Bag ($485) adds rustic detail to the classic saddle shape with whipstitching and a leather-accented chain. On or off your saddle, it’ll hold all your essentials thanks to its generous size and array of interior organization pockets. A black bag will serve your wardrobe well, but for true riders, nothing beats this classic saddle brown shade.
Available at Bloomingdale’s.