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!
Coat and trousers by Zara
Black chiffon shirt bought on E-bay, vest by X-nation (unfortunately this wonderful Croatian brand got shut-down last year 😦 )
Leather gloves by Zara, ring was made by Stela’s mom 🙂
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.
Lady Mary Crawley portrayed by Michelle Dockery in ITV series Downton Abbey
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.
An advert for the riding breeches – early 20th century
Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco
Beautiful Greta Garbo
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.
Charlene, Princess of Monaco
Charlotte Casiraghi – modeling for Gucci fashion brand
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.
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.
Equestrian fashion by Burberry
Handbag by Kate Spade
Boots by Tory Burch
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.
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.
Equestrian fashion by Hermes
Goldfrapp – Ride A White Horse
Rolling Stones – Wild Horses