Fall is almost here, winter’s peeking around the corner, and we know that when working in sub-zero temps, pelting rain or snow and blasting wind, looking great is cool—but form must follow function.
We’re honored to have an industry expert share an insider’s take on the coming equestrian fashion season. Meet Sarah Muirhead—editor and publisher for “Tack ‘n Togs,” the leading international publication for equine retailers. Here’s what she had to say:
“The equestrian theme continues its crossover into mainstream fashion,” says Muirhead. “English breeches take on new looks that allow for more everyday wear, like jeans with breech-like benefits—even sporting bling on back-jean pockets.
“Fitted, yet sporty, jackets and vests in the traditional quilted fabric find new color and even faux fur around the hood. Faux leather and high-tech fabrics continue to highlight English outerwear lines as do more strategically-placed zippers and other added features for greater breathability and warmth.
“We love the creativity of some Western boot manufacturers—from chili peppers to butterflies to more traditional looks—you just want to show the boot off,” continues Muirhead. “From studding to metallic thread to crystals, bling also remains popular on Western shirts and jean pockets. You’ll see heavy stitching around jean pockets and down their sides. Shirt dresses in denim or plaid show up more, too.
“Headbands and low profile cloth caps, as well as lace dresses and skirts, look to be must-haves among the younger crowd.
“Other options bring fun and flair around the barn or on campus, with colorful print riding gloves and muck boots, even some shaped like Western cowboy boots.”
For trainers who are fashion-challenged, breathe a sigh of relief, courtesy of Muirhead: “Wear what you want and where it how you feel most comfortable. The mixing and matching of Western and English is also very acceptable.”
Here at StableManagement.com, we’ve assembled a few fall/winter items for your shopping pleasure.
English: For Her
Essential Down Vest (Goode Rider): Ride on the wild side with this poly vest accented by faux fur around removable hood, smocked stretch sides, back gusset, two-way front zipper and lots of pockets: in leopard, plus charcoal and tomato. MSRP $159.
Storm Shelter Barn Jacket (Kerrits): Protection from the elements starts here! Critically seamed-sealed, this all-season shell is windproof, waterproof and breathable. It’s styled with an ergonomic equestrian shape, back tabs to cinch-in at the waist, two-way zip and pleats, abrasion-resistant, removable, stow-away hood. MSRP $179.
Flex Tight (Kerrits): Take full-seat comfort and performance to a new level with Kerrits Durabreathe fabric for lightweight coverage, GripStretch panels offer constant contact with chafing. Slimming design so “the butt looks amazing.” Machine washable in five colors. MSRP $99.
Knit Hat: (Kerrits): The perfect antidote for “head cold” looks so chic. Soft stretch knit design with fleece lining for additional warmth and comfort, stylish short bill, all one size with inner fleece band. Four colors. MSRP $24.
Prima Zip Mock (Romfh): Envelope yourself in soft yet substantial Dri-Lex microfiber knit with custom Romfh zipper, cute waistline embroidery and left chest horse logo. In Crown Blue and Merlot and machine washable.MSRP $70.
Goddess Vest (Romfh): Be warm and cool at the same time in a stretchy, water-resistant/breathable vest to repel weather and keep you from overheating at the same time. Dryer=warmer, and it’s lightweight. Black with blue contrast and navy with merlot contrast and machine washable. MSRP $85.
Wind Pro Treads Breech (FITS): Sheryl Rudolph’s FITS engineers the “printed” design of the full seat for maximum saddle contact and stability. It features WindPro fabric, providing cozy warmth free of excess weight or bulk. The Polar fleece is soft next to skin with an outer face featuring a harder finish repelling water, dirt and shavings. MSRP $154.
Barnsley Fleece (Ariat): Wear fashionable footwear from top down and riding boot from the bottom up with waterproof full-grain leather upper, seam-sealed construction, and moisture-wicking lining. Quilted fleece-lined upper can be worn laced up or rolled down, and riding-friendly features include spur rest, stabilizing motion-control foot-bed and stirrup-friendly outsole. MSRP: $190.
Active Winter Rider boot (Mountain Horse USA): If you ride, no matter what, this boot is a great pick. Hardwearing upper is strong and durable as is unique YKK Vislon side-fitted zipper. The faux leather foot part is waterproof and lined with warm faux fur. Reflective inserts show on the back of the boot for night-time riding. The sole has built-in steel shank, dirt-repellent tread zones and much more. In men’s and women’s sizes. MSRP $188.
Western: For Her
Microfiber jacket (Cowgirl Tuff): For barn or rodeo, this black jacket is soft and durable with distinctive Cowgirl Tuff logo front and back. Polyester and Spandex provide strength and movement. MSRP $150.
The Ultimate Riding Jean with Booty Up Technology (Wrangler Western Wear): Wear it to ride or for a night out. Features slanted side darts and repositioned back pockets. It’s mid rise, with no-gap waistband, flat comfort seams, and it stretches. MSRP $66.
Rangeguard Down Jacket (Roper): A rich wine color with embroidery detail and removable fur-trimmed hood make this ultra-warm goose down jacket great for cold winter days. Princess seams and vertical stitching mean a better style and fit. MSRP $135.
Legend Spirit (Ariat): The boot comes in Black, Deertan and Leopard Print. Features include premium full grain leather foot and upper, Goodyear leather welt, leather lining, cross overlay on vamp and Duratread outsole. MSRP: $210.
Fatbaby Fur (Ariat): It’s made from full-grain leather with a suede upper and faux fur collar that can be worn up or folded down. Technology makes this boot as comfortable as it is durable. MSRP: $130.
Range Gear Technical Fleece Jacket (Roper): Made for trainers, a new soft-shell anorak features a waist draw-cord for flattering fit. Waterproof zippers keep wet and cold out. Convenient snap side seams open and vent. Reflective piping and zipper pulls add safety, and front pocket hides your cell phone. MSRP $79
Any Discipline, Unisex
Polar breeches (Mountain Horse USA): The ultimate winter riding pant, it’s breathable, windproof and waterproof, and the seams are fully sealed. Reflective piping at the knees, full-length waterproof zippers at side seams, ergonomically shaped seat and knees are also features. It has reinforced imitation leather full-seat, snow gaiters, elastic foot straps and more. MSRP $159.
Any Discipline, For Him
Lambskin Zip Front Jacket (Scully Leather): This jacket sports zip pockets, and pleated flap pockets across the chest, zip cuffs and cotton plaid lining. MSRP $279.50
The 10 Below (SSG Riding Gloves): This waterproof glove has a “digital palm” for grip. Four layers of warmth make this black glove ideal for winter. Eight sizes. MSRP $36
Here’s to keeping warm this winter!