Sunday, 24 October 2010

The mane secrets of equestrian style

For some time now, Heritage has featured heavily on the catwalks in London, but it never really makes its way boldly to the high street like it does this winter.

I walk into all manner of shops and I am delighted to see tweeds, checks, and tartan all over the place. As a lover of all things country (Barbour, the Lake District & Alex James) I have never been happier with this trend and I encourage people to really invest in a few key pieces.

Style Secret Number 1: The riding boots.

The riding boot is an absolute staple if you really don’t want to horse around with this trend and there are absolutely bags of choice in the shops to guarantee you nail this look. Wear with leggings, jodhpurs, and jeans and see if you can find some over the knee socks to wear with them as well. My favourites are this leather pair from Dune@Asos for £160

Style Secret Number 2: The quilted jacket.

Still not going away, last year’s quilted jackets are back and even better than before. The quilting fabric means it contains air so will keep you cosy and warm as the cold weather hits in. For real pizzazz invest in a genuine Barbour, but for those who want something with a little more glamour try River Island for this fabulous piece at just £39.99

Style Secret Number 3: The saddle belt

For those that aren’t really feeling the all over big pieces of equestrian style, there are the accessories. Personally I think this is where people who are a bit unsure about this trend can begin to integrate it into their wardrobe. Add a saddle belt to a coloured silk shift to give it that extra hint of Heritage Chic. Once again River Island come up trumps and have one available for £19.99

Once you have the jacket, the boots and the belt everything else should fall into place naturally. You’ll soon find yourself picking up that horse print cardigan, or snatching up that horseshoe and saddle print scarf. Who knows, maybe you can channel your inner Betty Draper and add in a black riding hat to team with your winter coat. The Heritage trend is all about good quality wools and enjoying our British love for the great outdoors. So make like the Lady of the manor and ride this trend right through to next year.

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