Stable Staples: Get Fall’s Equestrian Look Straight From the Source!

grace kelly riding

Grace Kelly

We love scoping out stores such as Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney when we are in need of tailored staples with an equestrian edge. But why get the fashion interpretation of those pieces when you can go straight to the, er, horse’s store? Everything from jockey’s hats (à laBalenciaga) to riding boots (at Givenchy, Ralph and more) and show-worthy tailoring (at Stella, naturally) are coming off of the jumping course and right into your closet. So instead of heading to the boutiques, we decided to take a peek at equestrian tack shops to get the look. What did we find? The real deal, that’s what! And as a bonus, you won’t be paying couture-level prices, either. But it still doesn’t exactly come cheap. Both shopping and riding are expensive sports!

RJ Classics Essential Collection Ladies Shadbelly

RJ Classics Ladies Shadbelly

Alexus full seat breeches

Alexus full seat breeches

We’re not suggesting you go full jumper and don an entire outfit from the tack store, but adding a tailored topcoat (with an unexpectedly fashion-forward high-low cut) to your skinny jeans will give you a straight-off-the-Stella McCartney or Jean Paul Gaultier runway look. And we’ve seen jodpur-inspired bottoms everywhere from Club Monaco to Theory this fall, so they’ve clearly made the transition from country club to real world. And since they’re designed to be form-fitting and comfortable while you’re riding a horse, your day-to-day grind will be that much more comfortable. Think of them as jeggings with a more elevated style.

Ariat heritage boots

Ariat heritage boots

It’s not uncommon for a pair of riding boots to climb into the quadruple-digits. Labels such as Chloé and Chanel are known for releasing them every time the fall collections arrive at stores, and while they’re all covetable, it’s hard to plop down that much cash when you can nab the look — along with the promise of durability — for a third of the price. And something these specialty bootmakers offer is the ability to order your pair in different calf widths. If only more designers did this, too! Who hasn’t experienced a little bit of difficulty getting that zipper to come all the way up? So instead of getting calf-envy every time you try on a pair of boots at your favorite shoe store, try opting for real thing.

Tory leather hoof pick belt

Tory leather hoof pick belt

Equestrian motifs such as the snaffle bit are instantly recognizable in the fashion world (Gucci is a big fan of that particular motif, of course.), but we’d prefer opting for the less-common hoof pick. Not only is the hardware on this belt eye-catching, it’s also meant to pick rocks and debris from horses’ hooves. Handy, no? We checked out a few of the other leathergoods on offer — harnesses, blinders, crops — and don’t recommend adding them into your wardrobe unless, that is,  you’re a very big fan of the 50 Shades series. And if you are, by all means, giddy up!

Photos courtesy StateLineTack.com and SmarPakEquine.com

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.