ON YOUR HORSES

The world of equestria is one of the big influences for fashion in Autumn/Winter 2012. It can be seen absolutely everywhere this season and luckily it’s amazingly wearable. It’s also versatile, so if, like me, you’re not quite brave enough to wear some of autumn’s other trends (that head-to-toe leather just looks so uncomfortable, doesn’t it?) this could be perfect for you.

Jodhpurs, ruffle blouses, blazers, and even a take on the classic riding could all be seen on this season’s runways. For a gentler look go for a woody palette of muted browns in soft textiles, as seen at Ermanno Scervino, or if you’re feeling brave opt for a harder, edgier look in blacks and purples like those that featured heavily at Gucci.

Ermanno Scervino AW12

Gucci AW12

So if you feel you feel the equestrian look could be for you, here are just a few of the ways you can work the trend into your everyday wardrobe:

Ribbon Blouse by Sister Jane – £46 – Topshop

A classic high collared white or cream blouse, like this one from Topshop, is a great way to incorporate the look into your outfit; it can be worn with pretty much anything for an instant air of hunting-party chic.

Bedford Hudson Jodhpur – £185 (Sale price) – Ralph Lauren Blue Label

If the thought of yet another winter of wearing nothing but jeans doesn’t thrill you then a pair of jodhpurs could be the perfect remedy. These ones from Ralph Lauren offer a great heritage look but you can opt instead for jodhpur-cut leggings or jeans.

Checked Wool Blazer with Elbow Patches – £59.99 – Zara

For those chilly months before you’re quite ready to bundle up in your big winter coat, a preppy checked or tweed blazer is the answer. Wear cropped or long and throw it over anything for an instant boost.

General Knee Boot Black Leather – £115 – Office

Of course no mention can be made of equestrian fashion without a nod to the key piece of the trend, the boots. Make yours knee-high with a chunky heel to keep them fresh, like this pair from Office, and looking like you’ve just stepped off the catwalk instead of out of the stable.

Leather Gloves, £19.99 from H&M. Minkpink Leather Belt, £32 from Urban Outfitters.

For a subtle nod to the style just add some cute accessories to your usual look. Go for a great pair of leather gloves or take things in a new direction by throwing on a statement western belt.

To work the equestrian trend to maximum success think sharp tailoring and classic accessories. Mix and match these key pieces with your existing wardrobe or wear them all together for a really bold, fashion-forward look.

By Alice Calder

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