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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!”
Whatever shape you’ve been given and whatever shape from exercise, lack of exercise, or somewhere inbetween- It doesn’t matter. What matters is dressing for the shape you are. The most important factor when choosing how to dress is your body type. Knowing what shape your body has and what styles and silhouettes to choose for that particular body shape will guarantee that you will always look great.
Please don’t try to change your body with clothes that are not for your shape. Square peg doesn’t fit in the round hole.
Bust & Hip are basically equal circumference
Waist is well defined
Bust is medium to large
Silhouette is balanced
What to wear and what not to wear:
This is the most proportionate body type. You can wear any silhouette and style as long as it is the right color for you. Emphasize your waistline and the curve of the hip, these are your biggest assets.
Highlight your waist
Deep V necks are good
Block Colors are great
Baggy tops with lots of details, especially if you have a larger bust
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Recent visits to Australia, Prince William has been spotted sporting RM Williams Clothing. RM Williams, previously reported about (Click here to read full blog post about RM Williams) is a country, Stockman, Aussie lifestyle clothing company that is a must for any equestrian to add to their wardrobe.
I personally love their women’s vest! Incredible fit and a wonderful full collar!
Get exactly what Prince William is wearing!
Peaches and Olives are definitely the last thing I would pair together for food, but for clothing colors- they are just beautiful together!
Trend Report- Peach is in at the moment!
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Whether you are in summer or winter- look for some pretty peach accessories to brighten up your day! For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, you are yearning for the winter vortex to be over and looking towards colors to brighten your day! In the Southern Hemisphere you are entering the dead heat of summer and look for some cooler colors as you can’t wait for fall!
Peach is the perfect color for right now!
You can add peach to your cheeks, lips, and/or eyes!
A peach scarf will become one of your favorite go-to accessory in your Rider on the Go bag!
Look for a pair of peach pumps! They will elongate your legs when wearing a dress!
Some rose gold jewelry, like a watch, necklace or hair clip is always nice to add peach and sparkle!
Get ready to amp up the warm colors for February!
RED IS BACK IN
(Although I don’t think it ever went away)!
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RM Williams, one of the quintessential Australian brands of leather goods and clothing.
The history behind this famous brand:
“Reginald Murray Williams was born in 1908 on a farm in mid-north South Australia.
Since the age of 16, RM worked through more careers than there are stitches on his brand-name boots. He was a camel boy, drover, well digger, boot maker, miner, businessman, historian, author and leatherworker, just to name a few.
He was born seven years after Federation to the optimism of the words of Australia’s first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton; For the first time in history we have a continent for a nation and a nation for a continent” and he lived to see the eyes of the world focused on Australia for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
RM first went bush in his teens lime burning and building in stone in Victoria and on the Western Australian goldfields. In the late 1920′s, he signed on as a camel boy with the missionary explorer William Wade in his treks across Australia’s central western deserts.
He learned valuable bush lore and survival skills from the aboriginal peoples of the area, and honed his stock handling and bushcraft skills from the stockmen of the desert fringe cattle stations.
By 1932, the onset of the Great Depression found RM camped out in the Gammon Ranges of South Australia with his young family but his luck changed when he met Dollar Mick.
A self-taught genius in leatherworking, Dollar Mick passed on his skills to the 24 year old RM who made and sold his first pair of riding boots for 20 shillings to a man from Hilltaba Station whose name he couldn’t remember.
Having worked on some of the great pastoral runs of the interior, no one knew better than RM what men who were born in the saddle wanted when it came to footwear. Other landmarks of RM’s life include founding the Australian Roughriders Association, and helping to form the Equestrian Federation of Australia in 1951 and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach in 1988. He was also editor of Hoofs and Horns magazine in the early 1950′s.
In 1985, RM was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to the outback community. In 1992, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to business and community, and in 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal.
Reginald Murray Williams passed away on 4th November 2003 aged 95.”
The R.M.Williams Company was founded and established in 1932 by Australian legend, Reginald Murray RM Williams AO, CMG.
How the company started:
“In the early 1930′s, RM met a thin, wiry and colorful character by the name of Dollar Mick. RM was camped out in South Australia’s Gammon Ranges where he was barely making a living for his young family, sinking wells and doing odd jobs on surrounding stations. His fortunes turned when Dollar Mick arrived at his campsite, driving a dilapidated buggy drawn by two mules.
There was an age gap of almost 30 years between the two men but they built up an incredible rapport. Over the following months, Michael George Smith (Dollar Mick) passed on his vast knowledge of leather work and craft to RM, teaching him the secrets of bush saddlery and stockmen’s accessories, still prized today.
After much trial and error under the watchful eye of Dollar Mick, RM fashioned his first pair of boots which he sold to a man from Hiltaba Station.
RM later said that this defining experience with Dollar Mick marked the true beginning of his life’s work.
With boots sales to this first unknown buyer and cattle king, Sir Sidney Kidman, RM set up the beginnings of his first factory in an iron woolshed behind his father’s house at 5 Percy St, Prospect.
With no capital and little help, he built up a team of dedicated craftsmen and took out advertisements in the rural press that asked customers for cash with their orders, his mail order boot service and an iconic Australian company were born.
Over the following decades, RM developed his business, diversifying into bush saddlery and equipment and the company’s trademark moleskins, jeans and bush shirts.
Today, R.M.Williams exports to 15 countries, has more than 50 retail stores in Australia and two international stores in London and New York. In addition, R.M.Williams is available at more than 900 stockists around the globe and has retail space in numerous Myer department stores across Australia.”
A true staple that almost everyone has is an RM Williams belt.
How to wear RM Williams? Try these outfits!
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