Trends to look forward to and take note of

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.

 

Northern Hemisphere-


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.

 

Fur-

 

Southern Hemisphere:


Fall into 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!

 

 

Spring into Summer

3 Season Jackets- Bleed Tweed & Get your most uses

There are so many wonderful choices for tweed and it’s not limited to a jacket or vest!


England is king when it comes to finding great tweed items.  Handsdown!

 

Check out what Timothy Foxx, a wonderful mostly tweed clothing company has been up to.   Skirts and Shorts belong in everyone’s closet!  Great Full Seat Shorts!

 

Bleed Tweed

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Companies I suggest to look into to find awesome, forever tweed jackets!

 

 

Top Tweeds
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All sorts of great accessories!  Anyone getting married?  Get a tweed garter strap!!!


Tweed Accessories
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My evaluation – Need a new coat? Which jacket could you get the most use out of?


Ok, so if you need a coat, but you can only afford one- Here’s my breakdown.
-Barbour makes a great trench that’s reversible.  It comes in a bone white, a coral color and a navy.  I would go with navy, personally. One the inside, theres a great tartan plaid that you can also wear. Stay dry and have two choices of looks!
- If you are looking for a true tweed- Timothy Foxx is my new favorite.  Incredible details, good price range and nice color choices.  As much as I love the longer “Catherine” Tweed Jacket in the Foxglove blue color, the Isla Jacket in the Duchess or Goosberry color is my pick for getting the most uses/bang for your buck.
Jackets to Live in
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The Isla Jacket in the middle.  You can wear it truely three seasons out of the year, even on cool evenings in the summer.  You can wear the jacket as a jacket, but also in and out of work, life, etc….  wear it as a blazer, wear it with jeans, skirts, dresses, shorts, slacks, etc… weat it with anything- the only struggle you will have is WHAT COLOR?
Isla Jacket in Duchess Color
Isla Jacket in Gooseberry

The Look for Less

Ok so this is a pretty extreme example, but there are shortcuts and options out there to get the look and feel without going for the top designer label all the time!

The key is to know what’s trending, what’s about to become popular for the next season and keep your eye out!


 

Look for Less

Coming soon-

What’s trending for Fall & Spring

& What is your staple “go-to-look”


On a mission outfit- Winter Layers for Australia

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.


On a mission outfit
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50 Shades of Grey!

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!


50 Shades of Gray
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Combine Mint with Gray- Obsessed!


mint & gray
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Bikini Tops to Fit your Top & Beach Essentials

It’s fun to mix and match tops when you actually get out of the barn and get to relax by the water.  Make sure you put the right top on for your body type:

 

Smaller Tops:  Look for Carnival, Bandeau, or String Cops.  They will emphasize smaller tops and broaden your shoulders.

Medium and Large Tops:  Look for Halter and Underwire to support and offer extra coverage.

 

 

Bikini Tops for your body
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Dont forget Beach Essentials that you cannot leave without!


Beach essentials
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Cover-Ups that go beyond the Beach- 4 Choices under $40-  Step into the gas station, grocery store and more…


 

Beyond the Beach
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Being Patriotic & Horsey without dressing tacky…Happy 4th!

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!

LOVE Katherine Page Sandals & Tucker Tweed Bags 


Red highlights
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You can’t go wrong with a Tara Kiwi Shirt or a Gaucho Belt
Red Accessories
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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.

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Boots
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What are you wearing this holiday weekend?

 

In the Equitation and Hunter Show Ring- Whats Acceptable, What Hot, Whats Not

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.

Brands to look for: Starting out- really whatever fits you best within your budget, is the best choice.  But RJ Classics is a big show ring brand and Ariat is making it’s way into the inner circle.

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!”


Hunter Show Ring

 

 

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Here’s Grace’s simple breakdown between Hunter & Equitation Wear:

 

Equitation- Plain is better.  Always dark coat-Navy or Black. White Show Shirt. Plain Helmet.
Hunter- Don’t take away from the entire look.  There is a little bit of individuality that can be expressed, such as a green show coat or the top of boots are a different leather.  These trends change so be on top of what’s in and what’s out.
But if you don’t want to make a mistake- classic classic classic is the best investment.  

A staple “Go-To ” Outift Idea

Orange is the new black and you can’t go wrong with it.  Add bits and pieces of a bold color and keep the rest simple.  A pretty surprise of a fox pin under this great orange cloak and a simple braided buckle silver bracelet finishes this look.  *If “Orange” is not your color, go for peaches- they go with any color skin, hair or eyes…

 

Go Anywhere Outfit Idea

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Keep Orange and the ranges of orange in your wardrobe this year.   Peaches for spring,  orange or fluorescent orange for summer, burnt orange for fall(love) and any orange for winter… Maybe a deep orange rust or a soft peach with some silver shine added!

Mary King & Ben Hobday- Horseware’s Trot Up Best Dressed at Tattersall 3***

 

Mary King & Ben Hobday are awarded Best Dressed!


 

 

As reported, Horseware sponsored the Trot Up Best Dressed for the second year in a row at Tattersall International 3-day.

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Mary King went with a classic navy blazer with some added details.  Clean lines and a monochromatic underneath with a white blouse and white jeans.  Some added jewelry and she’s jogging!

 

 

Mary King
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With her gift voucher, What will she get?


Here are my suggestions on some always needed items:
The vest has nice slimming stitching details that you will get a lot of use out of.
The Competition Jacket- Great for giving clinics, running around, wipe off any dust or dirt easily- lots of use.
The two shirts have cute details, nice femine details with some frills and puffs.
A pair of denim breeches will go a long way!
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