Equestrians do it better

Today’s outfit came into my head the moment I found this green Zara coat…when I saw it,  it instantly had a certain vibe which involved countryside, rainy and cloudy weather…with a touch of English aristocracy – well I have certainly read a lot of books and watched numerous films with English aristocrats as main characters  to know it!

Equestrian look today isn’t reserved only for professionals – it is quite normal to see horse-riders inspired looks and accessoires in street fashion and on the runways. The look is very elegant, and perfect for cloudy and cold days. The main parts of the look are quality well-tailored coats and jackets, vests, fitted trousers, and high leather boots – I can bet that almost every girl has some variation of this look. Maybe in our everyday outings we don’t wear high hats, veils and whips, which were a common part of this look in the early 20th century, but equestrian look and its variations will definitely never go out of fashion!

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Coat and trousers by Zara

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Black chiffon shirt bought on E-bay, vest by X-nation (unfortunately this wonderful Croatian brand got shut-down last year 😦 )

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Umbrella brooche by Mon petit coin, custom made Powerpuff Buttercup brooche by Piece of cake

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Handbag by Desigual, bought at Je*s store

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Leather gloves by Zara, ring was made by Stela’s mom 🙂

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Throughout history equestrian apparel has been worn by riders in their effort to master these proud beasts. These clothes date back to earlier times, and have continued to evolve to the clothing used by riders today.

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Lady Mary Crawley portrayed by Michelle Dockery in ITV series Downton Abbey

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Equestrian uniform from 1937.

It was not until the 17th and 18th century that horse-mounted soldiers did away with wearing heavy armor.  Riding apparel had to adjust to the change in the landscape of the battlefield as well. Riders had to wear breeches and jodhpurs, giving the rider better balance and a protection as he rode.

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An advert for the riding breeches – early 20th century

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Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco

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Beautiful Greta Garbo

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Jackie Kennedy

Another important development to equestrian apparel was how it became very form-fitting, cut very close to the person’s body. This is because the rider comes into very close contact with the horse, and one’s steed may be sensitive to sudden moves by the rider.

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Charlene, Princess of Monaco

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Charlotte Casiraghi – modeling for Gucci fashion brand

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Clothes that flail or wave as the ride progresses can distract the horse, and might cause the rider to lose control. Loose fabric is also a liability when riding at high speeds, since clothes can easily be snagged by rider’s surroundings.

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A diverse range of designers continues to be inspired by a look steeped in history and rich with aristocratic associations.  There is a sort of elegance to equestrian clothing – rider needs to be in shape, and his clothing has to be well fitted and tight.  Strong tailoring can be seen on riding jackets, coats and skirts. Leather boots and leather gloves are also a must for any wannabe equestrian out there.

Many designers have implemented this elegant look into their collections.

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Equestrian fashion by Burberry

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Handbag by Kate Spade

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Boots by Tory Burch

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Tommy Hilfiger

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Stella McCartney

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From his first women’s jodhpurs in 1976 to those legendary polo shirts, touches of equestrian style are a permanent part of Ralph Lauren’s design.

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Equestrian fashion by Ralph Lauren

Recently, John Galliano gave the theme haute attitude at Christian Dior, and even Jean Paul Gaultier, though not a rider himself, gets his kicks playing with the genre’s style codes—including the kinky associations attached to harnesses and riding crops—both in his own collection, and as women’s ready-to-wear designer at Hermès.

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Amazing equestrian fashion by John Galliano for Christian Dior

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Equestrian fashion by Hermes

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Special thanks to Miss Stela and Miss Nina 🙂

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17 thoughts on “Equestrians do it better

    • Dear Sharon, thank you for your great comment, It really made my day…I love fashion, but I’m always interested in the history, craftsmanship and trivia behind our everyday clothing items…I just subscribed to your blog and love it, looking forward to your new posts!
      Kisses, Dina

  1. Thanks for stopping by Behind the Mirror!! This is a great post! I grew up riding horses so I love to mix my actual riding gear with everyday fashion. An obviously place to start were my rubber tall boots for riding in the rain. They are the perfect snow boots to schlep around the city in!

    • Thank you for your beautiful comment and for stopping by :). I love horses and the whole look surrounding them – my riding experience is very modest and my last time on a horse ended up in mud :), so quality boots are definitely a must! XXX

    • Thank you Jayla for your great comment!
      I really try to make posts with a story – pictures of each outfit are taken in places which enhance the clothing and accessories, and there is some history beside it.
      You have a great blog, love your post with maxi dress, you really pull it of :))!

      xxx

      Dee

  2. Heyy found you on ifb! 😀 I actually think you look like Buttercup a bit, hehe. Funny I should read this today, I just decided my goal before reaching the age of 30 is to own a horse. Gotta start saving money! o_0

    • Thank you Amria, your Buttercup comment is such a great compliment :))! My decision before turning big 3-0 was to learn how to ride a horse – proud to say I loved it! I recently discovered ifb and it is really an amazing community. I visited your blog – you are such a talented make-up artist, looking forward to your new tutorials! And I see you are my fellow colleague – I finished my med college three years ago :)!
      XXX
      Dee

      • I have you to look up to, I still have a couple of years to go! Thank you so much, wordpress itself is a great community too, I am close to all the girls I’ve met here and I am sure you must be too. Thank you again! 😀

    • Thank you Signe :)! I have to say this is one of my favourite looks this season – I also have some twed blazers in my wardrobe and they are absolutely perfect for equestrian type outfits – you will definitely need to put on your blog your version of equestrian ensemble :))!
      XXX
      Dee

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