October already! Consider this a wish list for my closet of autumn riding attire. Cooler temperatures require layering on the clothes. These layers are calling to me. Loudly. And really, I’m posting ten things here, not just five–a wallet-respectful option, and the version for those of us who are more financially cavalier. Wait, we have horses. We are all, just a little bit at least, financially cavalier.
Winter riding breeches have not really been on my radar because I live in Texas and it’s only winter for, like, three days. But then I saw some winter riding breeches that I really, really wanted.
In the interest of fairness, I have trolled the infinite for (Texas) winter riding tights that are a little more budget-friendly and that get good reviews.
Do you struggle with keeping your pants on? Don’t actually tell me, but let me just suggest a few belts, and we’ll call it a day.
Soooooo I missed the very important memo that C4 makes a belt strap WITH BITS ON IT. C4 does give a portion of every purchase to a charity of your choice, therefore, I am honor-bound to buy this belt, right?
Okay, so here … there is no less expensive option. Well, technically, the skull cashmere scarf is less expensive than the Burberry scarf … Don’t kill my dreams, people.
The Base Layer
We can’t ride topless. Seriously, please don’t ride topless. If you have an extremely well-tailored option like a shirt from Fior da Liso, you’ll want to wear it every day. A few months ago, I found one on eBay for over 50% off from a retailer who was clearing out last season’s stock. It is truly the nicest shirt I have ever owned. I can wear it to work. I can take a lesson in it. I can wear it in the jumper ring for classes under the standard jumper attire rules. I can wear it to a boozy brunch on the weekend. I’m going to wear it a lot, is what I’m trying to tell you. In this case, I see a second one as a good investment.
Plaid doesn’t have to be Italian. Oh, most of the time, it’s not, huh? Plaid shirts generally seem like an equestrian fall staple, so affordable ones are coveted.
Here’s where the layering comes on strong. Cool mornings and mild afternoons call for something versatile, like a vest. Not too hot, but not freezing, either. I already have a few vests in my closet, so I can’t really justify buying one, but there are some really pretty ones this season and it’s going to be kind of difficult to imagine my wardrobe without them.
Sticker shock? Always. But there are less expensive alternatives that are just as stylish.
$54.00 < $218.00. Yet they are equally fitting the fall equestrian style bill.
Any autumn necessities I missed? What’s in your chifforobe?