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The Australian racing season jump starts quick out the gate-
Are you ready?
Keeping with this geometric, diamond pattern, contrasting colors that we’ve seen all year, I just saw this great skirt from Anthropologie, that would be perfect and easy to dress for jog-outs this fall.
It reminds me of Ralph Lauren’s Vintage collection a couple years ago- Do you recall?
Similar Colors and Patterns have made a change and comeback-
Just Love this Skirt! Love this Faux Fur Vest! Love the FreeReinDesign Belt!
All of these items will take you through Winter as well!
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There has been a crackdown on crops!
No, not that crop, I’m talking about the very popular mid-drift fashion piece of clothing, the crop-top!
The Melbourne Cup is Australia‘s major thoroughbred horse race. Marketed as “the race that stops a nation”, it is a 3,200 metre race for three-year-olds and over. It is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. Conducted annually by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, the event starts at 3pm (daylight saving time) on the first Tuesday in November.
A crackdown, with fashion police stopping women who expose their stomachs will occur this coming November 4th on the Flemington Racecourse during The Melbourne Cup!
Women entering general admission areas will be able to flash their flesh in midriff-exposing crop tops, but members and their guests trying to enter the Members’ Grandstand and enclosure, VIP Birdcage, and popular carpark picnic precincts, such as The Nursery, at Flemington in Victoria this year will be turned away.
They are already sick of the short skirts and high high heels, so they’ve drawn the line – No Crop Tops!
Do you think it’s fair? Can a Crop Top be done tastefully? Just a little sliver?
So if the crop top is out- Then what’s in?
Florals are a must!
Great heels that pop are always a must!
A fantastic fascinator!
Accessories like a great clutch!
What will you be wearing?
Take a moment, and rearrange your closet. Group the following items together, so that you can assemble what to wear from them since these are your items that will be your Fall & Spring staples. It makes things SO much easier.
Animal Prints- Birds are particularly popular-
The blanket coat- as previously written about.
Velvet- Always a staple to have something velvet.
Knits & Knots- Big knit sweaters are in- I can foresee finding a couple of good ones will be your staple items this Autumn.
Reds- Reds have been popular all year- this is a staple item that will take you right into the deep of winter.
Pastels- Soft colors- lots and lots of soft colors everywhere! Even at a sophisticated age, adding some soft colors is a must. Soft pastels and brighter colors will be an easy transition right into summer.
Crests- Big over sized crests are popular.
Mixed Metals- look for mixing metals, whether it’s in mixing some jewelry together or finding a gem T-shirt that has different studs and paint on it!
Flowers- Florals are big this whole year- this will take you right into summer easily.
* Keep a look out for also Nautical style- that will transition you right into summer and it never goes out of style! Navy & Whites, Chevron print, is always in no matter where you are in the World.
** You’ll also need a couple good hats as well for that strong sun!
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When you’re on a mission, youre on a mission and you need to be comfortable, have good traction on your feet, layers for changing temps, flexible jeans for riding, running around town and in and out of your car, etc…
Here are some great options from Horze.com along with some accessories.
Did you have something else in mind?
August 16th The Barry Silkman Double O Seven Grey Horse Handicap Stakes take place at the Newmarket Race Grounds in UK.
You’ll have to wait till Feburary 14th to watch the other 50 Shades of Grey! The movie trailer is out now, movie hype is buzzing all over the World!
Until then, You can never go wrong this year with wearing any shade of grey!
Combine Mint with Gray- Obsessed!
We all love to celebrate our Summer holidays, but wearing a flag, there’s not that many good choices…
So what are our choices? Here are some different ideas how to incorporate and wear your red’s white’s and blue’s!
Don’t Forget the amazing fitting Crystal Flag Sergio Grasso Tall Boots !!!! LOVE
Lagrange Leather- one of my favorite cowboy boot companies makes several beautiful red boot choices.
There can be a very thin line between what’s acceptable and what’s not when you enter the show ring. Its always been that way and always will. I had the pleasure of interviewing, Grace Wiedner, an up and coming top young rider who helped me breakdown the ambiguity of what to wear in the show ring. Her full interview will follow in the coming weeks!
New riders to the Hunter & Equitation Show Ring really need to consider these things when converting over and looking for the right show apparel. What you wear does matter to some extent.
Now, when you are first starting out, there are some good basic items that you want to look for, then as you start to specialize in this area of horse competition, there are some special brands that you considered trendy and in.
But like all disciplines- the classics never go out of style and are classics for a reason. Something to remember, and this applies to almost every discipline, whether it’s apparel or riding gear- ***If you go cheap- the fit most likely won’t be right, the quality is absolutely not there, and you will probably end up wasting your money because once you start using the item- the fit & quality isn’t there, and to make things worse, trying to resell this slighty or never used item- no one wants it! So always ask for advice from a reputable source and weigh in budget and level of competition. There are always tricks and shortcuts in each discipline that you can save and places that it’s just not worth trying to get something less expensive.
A breakdown of what to wear in the Hunter Show Ring:
Helmet: Best value is to go for a classic velvet helmet. Something that fits you well and looks good on you, a low profile helmet tends to look best. A classic velvet helmet will cover Hunter, Equitation, and Jumpers. The Microsuede material is acceptable, but could change as to what’s in or out.
GPA or Charles Owen is the brands to consider.
Hairnet- Always hair up and neat with a hairnet that matches your hair color. There are great new ones from RWR that many people like. A bit easier than the classic.
Earrings- You can get away with a little bigger pearl or diamond earring. But nothing crazy. Keep it simple.
Shirt: Always wear white. You can’t go wrong with white for many years. There are trends of colored shirts and patterns, etc… But if you are buying something that is a guaranteed classic- go with a white shirt. Long or short sleeve is fine- you might want to have both if you plan to show in the cooler weather and need more layers. I think most people go for the short sleeve version.
Monogrammed collars- are out. Pins are out. Grace mentioned that there maybe be some old fashion riders in the show ring that can pull it off, but just go for a plain collar at the moment with nothing on it- its’ the classic standard.
Jacket: Always plain black or dark navy. There are patterns within the coats, but really plain is better for the long term value.
* Dark green has been trying to make a comeback, but as Grace said – “you have to be perfect to pull that off.” Make sure the arms are long enough and it fits right. You can never ever go wrong with a classic good fitting coat.
Gloves- Plain Black- whatever fits & is comfortable. This is where you could go cheaper.
Breeches: Plain tan. Tailored Sportsman is the classic classic brand that will always been accepted in the show ring. They are also a good investment piece if you decide that the show ring isn’t for you- they hold their value for consignment. Ariat is also acceptable, but again go for the classics.
Belt- Plain belt, you can get away with a horsey buckle as long as its not too big.
Boots: Lots of brands to choose from. A Field boot only- no dress boots. Keep your eye out for the consignment area. To start out, Ariat or TredStep seem to be the best fitting, best value, most acceptable brands.
But Grace hit the nail on the head- “It really doesn’t matter what the brand is:
As long as it hurts to put on- you’re good!”