Clothes Horse: Tackling the Equestrian Trend - Chitown Fashionista

10 October 2012 / By Sarah Powers

Clothes Horse: Tackling the Equestrian Trend

With chilly weather looming just around the corner, we’re anxiously awaiting to see how the highly anticipated Fall runway looks will take to the streets. At the starting gate we have some of the expected trends: metallics, oversized coats, prints on prints, statement hats and leather. But if you ask me, the equestrian trend is the underdog I’m putting my money on to be the first philly to explode onto the track. Last Fall, we saw just a tiny glimpse into this classic, polished look with the introduction of the riding boot. With a new year comes a revamped aesthetic that includes all-over prints and horse-head knits. Now the equestrian element has been incorporated into almost every aspect of fashion- from belts and bags to dresses and hats. Designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, and even Max Azria all included equestrian themes in their Fall collections.

This trend can be styled in many different ways. Look to Tommy Hilfiger for a vintage “British countryside” vibe that is also elegant enough for royalty. (Have you seen the recent ad campaign?) After I saw his collection walk the runway at Macy’s Glamorama, I’ve been hooked on this style that seamlessly spans from high fashion to casual.

Tommy Hilfiger

This printed halter dress straight from the RTW collection is stunning and would look great paired with my favorite riding boots (which happen to be these beauties from Ralph Lauren) and a pair of fabulous leather gloves. Donna Karan also wowed me with her sophisticated take on the trend, looking more to the dressage-style of the equestrian sport while incorporating elegance, grace, and complexity.

Donna Karan, photo courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

With Michael Kors, we see pattern mixing within the same color palettes and somewhat of a Southwestern take on the trend with the inclusion of the blanket coat.

Michael Kors, photo courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Within the equestrian trend, there is as much focus on accessories as there is on clothing. That makes it easily accessible and achievable for those on a budget. This stellar 3-strap leather belt from ASOS (on sale!) over a simple dress adds a bit of edgy, equestrian sex-appeal. Leather riding gloves and equine-style caps are also great investments for Fall and Winter. They lend a unique flair to your choice of outerwear, all while keeping you toasty.


(l-r) Herve Leger by Max Axria, Moschino, Burberry


Whether you dedicate your whole ensemble to your inner horse-lover or just want to add a few subtle flares, there are so may stores and designers offering exactly what you’re seeking. So place your bets and let the race begin!

counterclockwise from top left:

1. Barneys New York CO-OP Equestrian Hip Belt: $115, available at Barneys New York CO-OP

2. Hunter Equestrian Boot, Regent: $150, available at Hunter USA

3. Ash Scott Equestrian Boots: $350, available at SHOPBOP

4. Warehouse Stirrup Print Shirt: $32 (on sale!), available at John Lewis

5. Proenza Schouler Cutout Lace-Up Leather Ankle Boots: $389 (on sale!), available at The Outnet

6. Stella McCartney Natalie Tweed Equestrian Jacket: $1,881, available at Matches Fashion

7. Dooney and Bourke Large Equestrian Bag: $265, available at Dooney and Bourke

8. Michael Kors Equestrian Heritage Watch $225, available at Zappos Couture

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