Fall trends come and go, but one style that never seems to get old is equestrian apparel. Classic and preppy: you can’t go wrong. Invest in a few key pieces, and your fall wardrobe will be set.
To get inspired for our equestrian look, we figured where better to go than the FEI Longines World Cup Jumping at Thunderbird Show Park! The international horse jumping competition brings out some pretty big names (Bill Gates’ daughter Jennifer Gates and Kaley Cuoco’s boyfriend Karl Cook to name a few), and is the perfect place to get up close and personal with some real equestrian apparel inspiration. Everywhere you turn, there’s sleek leather riding boots, fitted collared shirts and refined, classic accessories. After taking in the sights, we narrowed down the 5 essential elements for you fall equestrian outfit.
Equestrian Apparel: 5 Essential Elements
A Classic Watch
As it happens, luxury watchmaker Longines is the sponsor of the FEI World Cup Jumping event, and has just launched a new equestrian collection: a tribute to their passion for the equestrian lifestyle. The new line features shapes and materials inspired by the most iconic elements of the equine world, celebrating the elegance of riders and their horses. From horseshoes and stirrups to fine leather saddles, you’ll see all of those elements found in the bold lines of this collection. The watch you see styled here has a brown leather strap with white overstitching, and features a silver “flinqué” dial set with 61 Wesselton VVS diamonds (a total of 0.359 carats). The overstitching is meant to match the rider’s outfit – also making it the perfect accessory to base our equestrian outfit on!
The Right Belt
Good leather accessories are a big part of a true equestrian apparel-inspired outfit. To match our Longines leather watch, we opted for a quintessential Wrangler leather belt. Vancouver-based fashion brand Street and Saddle has just the one: an Italian leather Wrangler belt with traditional western styling and vintage hardware. It’s crafted entirely by hand in Vancouver, and is made with vegetable tanned leather that is full hide thickness. They’ll even stamp your initials inside if you ask nicely!
A Perfectly Fitted Shirt
The key is to find an equestrian-style shirt that is still wearable away from the course. Street and Saddle has designed the ShowStopper, a shirt that is tailored with sports performance in mind, but is also comprised of technical design with flattering lines. The middle panel is a lightweight bamboo knit that’s breathable, super stretchy and naturally odour repellent. For the ultimate equestrian look, close the magnetic collar, or fold the collar down for a more traditional preppy look. We chose a deep navy blue to play off Longines’ signature, classic blue; it pairs nicely with the brown leather belt and watch.
Add On the Layers
The beginning of fall is great, because you don’t necessarily need to wear a thick jacket quite yet. Just a few light layers will do. To layer your equestrian look, try adding a lightly padded vest; this reminds us of quilted saddle pads. Another option is a fitted blazer, reminiscent of the ones riders wear during competitions.
Don’t Forget the Boots
Boots are an obvious staple for fall. For a more equestrian look, go for a cognac-coloured tall leather boot. More specifically, there are tons of riding boots on the market that were made with real horse riding boots in mind. Bonus points if they match your Longines equestrian watch!
Britta is the founder of VancouverVogue.com, a fashion and beauty blog based out of Vancouver, Canada. Britta is a prominent member of the Vancouver fashion and beauty community, and is also a luxury and lifestyle brand PR specialist with White Rabbit Communications.