/dɪˈkɒlətɑːʒ/ (or décolleté, its adjectival form, in current French) is the upper part of a woman’s torso, between her waist and neck, comprising her neck, shoulders, back and chest, that is exposed by the neckline of her clothing.(Ref. Wikipedia)


I remember a while ago, watching the Style Network( an American TV channel) as they interviewed Donna Karen.  Donna Karan, also known under the alias “DK”, is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels.

She talked about how most of her designs were focused around the decolletage. In her mind, that is one of the most beautiful parts of a woman’s body.  It’s an incredible feminine part that should be decorated, as she described.

Here is an example of Donna Karen herself decorated!

Which brings me to my point- Protect your Decolletage!

Unfortunitaly, the decolletage, left uncared for and ignored will show early signs of age!   Putting sunscreen on just when you are vacation is not enough!  Forgetting a couple key places on your body while out in the barn or riding can really get ya earlier than most women.

Asides from protecting your face, there are two other places that should not be forgotten!

 #1- Protect your Decolletage!

Remember to put ample amounts of sunscreen on your chest.  It gets hit with the sun as much, if not more, than your face when riding.  It also shows signs of aging much quicker than other parts that have been exposed to the sun just as much.  With age, that area becomes less elastic and tends to get damaged more. This is why that part of your body might look 10 years older than you, depending on how many tank tops you wore as a teen out in the barn!


Second place- The tops of your hands!

The #1 location that I hear older women complain about is their hands!   I can’t tell you how many women complain about the tops of their hands and how OLD they look!  Especially equestrians, we work with our hands and the tops of them are constantly being exposed to the elements.  Whether you wear gloves, riding or not, put the first and last bits of sunscreen on the tops of your hands.



 I think most people by now are protecting their faces pretty well.  There’s been enough dermatologists out there screaming about putting sunscreen on your face, wearing sunglasses, and a good brimmed hat at all times.  I know we all tend not to listen to them screaming till we start to see some wrinkles on our face, but it’s never too late to start!


Fashion advice:

Whether you are destructive or can be careful, get some really awesome sunglasses!  Bring an honest friend with you and shop for some sunglasses that make you look HOT!   It doesn’t matter if you get one great pair that you promise to protect and care for that was an investment piece or you find a cheap pair that you buy 4 pairs of!

Get ones that protect you and that you look great in! Because most of the time, the sunglasses don’t come off!  


Also look for some great hats as well.  Ones you like to wear.  Ok, so many of you have a couple of ratty baseball caps that have horse snot, slobber, and hair on it as well as your blood, sweat and tears in the barn or on a  hook by the door that leads towards the barn.  My advice is to also invest in a couple of cute hats as well.  For in between going from the barn to other places!   If your hair is already up because of riding and barn work and has formed to your helmet- putting on a clean cute hat after that barn is a great transition.  No one will ever notice that you just came to the barn!


The equestrian look is always in!  As long as you spruce it up a little from barn to public.


Mix or Match- below is probably most equestrianista’s barn outfits to go riding in?


Typical Barn Outfit
Your Replacement Items to allow you to go from Barn to Public!
The Replacements
A quick change of yucky barn boots – it you have time.  A dry clean top, lip gloss, deodorant, a cute jacket or cardigan and a new, non gunked up hat.  Mix & Match as you please to suit your discipline and style.
Wipe & reapply
May 1, 2014