Clotheshorse: Everyday EquestrianBy Renee Spurge October 25, 2011
More and more, equestrian collections are following the current trends in the broader fashion industry. The best part for equestriennes is buying clothes that can be worn while at the stables as well as at work or at play! Here are a few looks you’ll be seeing at the barn and on the streets this fall. Fashion trends for autumn 2011: Fur, chunky knitwear, flirty frills, menswear for women, layering and, our favorite, ’40s elegance. If you have casually flipped through even one fashion magazine in the past month then you will already know that almost every designer is using a variety of fur in their fall designs.
Fur detailing is a favorite among equestrian designers as well, and this season Pikeur has our pick for the best use of fur in these two stunning pieces. The Ambiente is a ladies fleece jacket with an attached hood that features a subtle faux fur collar and three swanky toggle fasteners over the front zipper. Contrasting leather around the zippers and pockets add a richness to this perfect medium weight winter jacket. The Elena, a beautiful knit cardigan with faux fur collar, is the perfect combination of two upcoming fashion trends. It’s available in a soft cream with a fluffy contrasting fur collar, or a tone on tone deep grey.
If Pikeur has mastered the use of fur, then Goode Rider takes the prize for the best in layering and menswear for women. The look featured here highlights both trends, and this season’s take on the Equestrian coat is even better than last year’s. The Goode Rider vest is a stunning cocoa check wool/poly blend with an ultrasuede back and nylon printed lining, five-button closure and two front pockets. It looks fabulous over their ideal show shirt and equestrian sweater with its Ivy League-esque suede elbow and shoulder patching with contrast stitching. Honestly, the Equestrian coat speaks for itself with its perfectly tailored cut, leather detail along the dramatic collar, and striking autumn plaid.
This fall add a little frill to your wardrobe. Not only is this look feminine, it brings us back to a time when ladies dressed like ladies and were escorted by actual gentlemen! Even if the only gentleman in your life is a beautiful bay gelding, you will still look spectacular next to him in the Dubarry Chamomile ruffle shirt or the Gersemi Functional Competition Shirt. The Chamomile is available in a long or capped sleeved and looks fantastic under a tailored coat or tucked in to a high waist pant. The Gersemi top is crisp and elegant, a flirty play on your traditional show shirt and can be worn with your classic show coat or your favorite pair of jeans and boots.
Finally if you have yet to experience the Barbour line, now is the time to check out its fall Heritage Collection of jaw dropping jackets and coats. This line incorporates all of the aforementioned fashion trends, but our personal favorite is the ’40s equestrian-inspired Philli Tailored Jacket. The Philli is a form-fitting cropped wax jacket with a sophisticated gathered sleeve and
peplum detail (a “peplum” is a short, flared ruffle attached to the waist of the jacket). This sexy little number is the perfect mate for the Chamomile or Gersemi ruffled blouse. If you like to properly accessorize your fall wardrobe, then you will love the adorable Josie blocked corsage hat from Barbour. The signature tartan detail on the corsage will spice up any fall ensemble!
Tabitha Knaub and Renee Spurge are the owners of LA Saddlery at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.
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