The Equestrian Look
Fashion Article Posted May 27, 2009

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The aim is to get an equestrian look and what you can do is get the trousers and a suitable shirt and for one thing, high boots may not be necessary. You are aiming to be inspired by the equestrian look and a suitable bodice and trousers/pants may be sufficient as well as the boots. The fabric/design of the bodice is important. A classic pattern ie patterns like argyle and plaid may not of course be necessary for the top. This is obvious but an argyle or plaid pattern certainly could aid in creating an equestrian look. 

The equestrian look could be directly inspired from the riding coat look ie the riding coat worn with white jodhpurs. Thus instead of jodhpurs, white shaped pants/trousers could be used and since we are taking inspiration from the equestrian look, white shaped trousers are not the only choice. Perhaps black or grey too, maybe a specific charcoal grey are suitable colors. Maybe a red hue too is a choice too for shaped trousers,. What is meant by shaped relates to the way jodhpurs are structured with proper fabric and shape. Here the equestrian inspired look is only being influenced by the shape of the jodhpurs/breeches and one doesn't have to have jodhpurs. 

In describing an equestrian look, it is worthwhile to look at coats/jackets to create the look, and remember the pea jacket, the navy jacket look too, as well as the actual riding coat look with a conservative lapel and collar going to hip length. In being inspired by the equestrian look, the black riding jacket can perhaps go to waist length but if one has chosen to wear a skirt/long skirt and one wants to get the equestrian look, then a jacket like the established hip-length riding coat is welcome. 

In some way, to create the equestrian look, one can focus on that hip-length riding coat, or a coat that is styled like the riding coat as well as tight shaped pants. The fabric is important for the pants/trousers, perhaps a twill. The main thing re: pants is the shaping to look like jodhpurs and to get this perhaps cuffs are suitable as well as the full shaping around the waist to crotch to hip.

Remember those white tight jodhpurs. Does that mean white is a good color for the equestrian look ? Yes probably. Then there is the jacket, maybe a hip length white jacket with black shaped pants. One can choose a bolero type jacket and the shirt inside whether sleeveless or not can be hip-length. And perhaps one can create an equestrian look with leather ! One can have a leather glam jacket with cropped twill pants, i.e. cropped pants inspired from jodhpurs. One needs a suitable fabric ie. Twill. Corduroy is perhaps suitable but certainly a cavalry twill. Cavalry twill is a good fabric for a formal trousers and if one has a cropped cavalry twill pants, this might help to create an equestrian look. One can have a waist length cropped leather jacket or hip-length. Maybe a glam designer jacket could complement the cropped cavalry twill pants. Instead of leather, choose a waist length 'smart and chic
jacket inspired from the actual riding coat but obviously shortened. These are suggestions for an equestrian look. 

Inside the jacket a white shirt/blouse with black tie or a black choker can create a look Accessories are important. Think of other details like a lacy cuff area for the shirt and the jacket may just reach to elbow length to allow the lacy cuff to be seen. Thus one has a jacket with elbow-length sleeve or at least a sleeve that is
tied or folded back to the elbow. 

Remember too for a certain equestrian look red cropped pants are an idea. This can create an exotic type of equestrian look. Thus one has red cropped pants and a black short jacket i.e. waist length with an inside shirt. Maybe a black t-shirt is suitable. Thus black t-shirt, jacket and red cropped pants. If one wants to use plaid or tartan, one can perhaps create an equestrian look too. Maybe a plaid skirt with the black hip length jacket or a red hip length jacket with plaid skirt. 

by Kim Kirby

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