STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Equestrian Chic

A simple white T-shirt, blue jeans and traditional riding boots transport me to the countryside. I imagine a field full of wildflowers. The sun is shinning bright, and there is not a cloud in the sky. (Someone please take me there!) Something about the ease and carelessness of an equestrian-inspired outfit sends me into fashion overload. Maybe it’s the classic vibe of simple staple colors mixed together or the straight-cut riding boot. Or maybe it's the statement such an outfit can make: sporty and casual without being too stuffy.

This look can be translated into your personal style by adding the appropriate amount of riding fashion into your wardrobe. I would recommend wearing one to two key pieces. Overloading the outfit with too many equestrian-inspired elements can make the look feel like a costume. Don’t go horsey from head to toe! Try a subtle vibe; start off with a classic pair of leather riding boots. They are versatile, comfortable and practical. A boot like this can give you extreme bang for your buck. Invest wisely, ladies. This week’s Fashionista sported a pair of dark chocolate riding boots, which are gorgeous. Her equestrian style was clever with a hint of urban flair. You can incorporate your personal style into this trend; don’t be afraid to mix and match looks. Try pairing a saddle brown blazer with an ornate scarf and dark denim for the ultimate polo match meets big city vibe. This week’s Fashionista reminded me of the classic Ralph Lauren model. If you want to add more pizzazz, try including a tailored ruffle shirt or a riding vest.

Riding boots can be found just about anywhere, from DSW to Vince Camuto. I recently scooped up this pair, and they are the most beautiful boots I have unwrapped before Christmas! Whoops, Santa! If you want to snag a pair of riding pants, try shopping at an equestrian store because they can be cheaper and more original than pairs from the big box stores. Whatever way you style this look — from your personal approach to the trendy technique — you cannot go wrong!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Equestrian Chic

Whether you live in the midwest or like riding beautiful animals almost twice your size, there is no mistaking the equestrian style. There are two signature pieces of this style: riding pants and knee-high boots.

I spotted this look due to its classic style, but also because of the personalization that went into it. The simple addition of a hair bow and a denim jacket changed this from a classic style to an original one. I really like the tan high-waisted pants this Fashionsta is wearing and the black multi-button jacket to finish the ensemble. The pants were capped on the inside of the leg which set them apart from any other type of tan high-waisted pant and made them very reminiscent of riding pants.

Grab a simple t-shirt to tuck into your high-waisted riding pants, a denim jacket, a pair of riding boots and your own accessory to make the look your own.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Equestrian chic

This Fashionista is channeling her inner equestrian into a beautifully put together ensemble. The riding boots were a lucky ebay find, but websites like Endless offer a wide variety of boots as well (with free next day shipping!). She is also sporting denim leggings made by Joe’s, along with a vintage belt.

For those of you who are not yet used to weather Durham, which tends to hover between 40-60 degrees in the winter, it may be difficult deciding what to wear–it’s not too warm for summer clothes yet not too cold for winter clothes. That’s why the key to a Durham winter is layering effectively, and this Fashionista does a wonderful job of layering to keep herself warm and comfortable.

To get the equestrian look, try pairing leggings with boots and a blazer. Brightly colored scarves are also a nice accessory. Collared shirts from J.Crew are also a must!

Style On,

Mona

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