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How to Wear the Equestrian Fashion Trend on a Budget

The worlds of the equestrian and the fashionista have long overlapped. The highlights of the last 100 years of equestrian fashion include the elegant skirts of women riding sidesaddle, the hats Coco Chanel designed for her equestrian friends, and jodhpurs worn by runway models at Tory Burch’s NYFW Fall ’16 Show.

Fast forward to the fall and winter of 2022 and Burberry, Gucci, St. John, and other designers are on the equestrian bandwagon again — with high-end boots, horse-inspired prints, and blazers peppering their collections.

The good news is, you don’t need a Chanel-sized budget to step into the elegant equestrian trend. Here’s a look at a few high-design equestrian pieces and cheaper options you can work into your own wardrobe.

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Designer and budget equestrian fashion staples

The core horseback riding clothes (at least for the hunter/jumper competitor) are boots, breeches, show shirts, and show coats. Fashionistas convert that uniform into a wearable, everyday fashion look with tall or ankle boots, skinny pants, blouse, and blazer.

1. Ankle boots

A true horsewoman wears fitted, soft leather boots that top out just at the knee. The less expensive fashion riding boots generally fit wide around the calf and may be adorned with a buckle or other embellishments.

For warmer weather, paddock or ankle boots are a nice option too. Any chunky ankle boots will do, but if you want a real equestrian look, find a pair of lace-up paddock boots.

Designer version

Product shot of Burberry equestrian boot.
The pricey Pryle Equestrian Ankle Boot by Burberry. You can shop it at Neiman Marcus, if you dare.

Budget version

Budget equestrian fashion style ankle boot from DSW.
A nice budget version of the Burberry boot is the Aveya bootie by Kelly and Katie. Check today’s price at DSW.

2. Patterned blouse

A competing equestrian would traditionally wear a white, collared blouse or top. But the fashionista version of the equestrian top can be a more interesting pattern featuring horse-related shapes (things like stirrups and bit designs).

Designer version

Model wearing equestrian printed blouse.
St. John’s blouse features an equestrian-inspired pattern. Shop it a Neiman Marcus.

Budget version

Model wears equestrian blouse sold by Selfridges.
This horseshoe print blouse by Whistles will set you back less than $55. That’s a nice price tag for a blouse with a designer look. Shop it at Selfridges.

3. Blazer

Horsey girls call their competition jackets show coats (or hunt coats if you rode in the ’80s). Fashion girls dupe the look with a smart blazer.

You can wear any single-button blazer from your closet. Or, if you’re looking for a new investment piece, go with this version of equestrian fashion — the plaid or patterned blazer. This is a creative departure from the real thing, but that’s OK. A patterned blazer adds more interest to your wardrobe for sure.

Designer version

Model wears equestrian blazer from Bergdorf Goodman.
Theory’s riding blazer features a pretty beige and blue stripe. Check today’s price at Bergdorf Goodman.

Budget version

Model wears grey check blazer by Marks and Spencer.
This single-breasted blazer by Marks and Spencer has that checked look, for a much lower price tag. Shop it at Marks and Spencer.

Breeches (or leggings)

Yes, you can buy riding pants (aka breeches) for about $50 on Amazon. But these low-priced options are likely to be poorly made and guaranteed to be unflattering. The riding pants people actually wear in the show ring range in price from $100 up to about $400. Equiline is a brand that’s particularly popular.

A more wearable option (that delivers a similar look) would be a heavier pair of leggings or even a neutral skinny pant. Even better if you can find a pant with a suede knee patch.

Designer version

Product shot of equestrian inspired pants.
Elisabetta Franchi makes these equestrian style pants, complete with a metal bit detail at the waistline. They’re pretty, but the price is $$$. Shop them at

Budget version

Camel skinny pants.
For the budget price point, you probably have to live without the bit detail at the waist (though you could easily invest in a belt to mimic that look). Still, this is a pretty neutral pant that you could wear lots of ways. They’re also 51% off right now. Check today’s price at Saks Off Fifth.

Putting it all together

There are two major rules to follow when putting together an equestrian-inspired outfit:

  1. If you’re not actually going to ride a horse, don’t go full equestrian. You’ll look a little silly if you throw every equestrian-looking thing you own at one outfit. Instead, build your equestrian pieces on top of skinny pants. Most of the time, you’ll probably want to keep your shirt untucked.
  2. Accessorize. A bold necklace, scarf or necklace are great choices, but choose only one of these.

You feel ready to put your own spin on equestrian fashion?


Tuesday 26th of April 2016

its eautiful and comfortable. not really expensive.

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