So whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, Fall is on its way… so instead of focusing on the fact that Fall leads to Winter, I think we should focus on something more exciting – new fashion collections!!
So as we speak our favourite dressage brands are shipping their new collections to stores and I think my favourite thing about this year’s collections are the colours! Vibrant rich colours are in at the moment… burgundy, teal, blue and mustard are perfect choices for riding apparel as they can stand their own against horse slobber and dust.
Some of my favourite features of the 2013 Autumn/Winter collections are the flattering fits of the tops and vibrant colours for breeches. Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean we should have to dress like black and grey marshmallows to stay warm (a certain friend from Barbados knows exactly what I mean…). Here are some of my top picks from Pikeur, Cavallo and Gersemi. Please click on an image to view the large size.
Ladies Outerwear: Keep warm with this seasons rich colours, down fill and fleece. My fall Fall riding apparel staples are a fleece or softshell with a vest.
This jacket is warm yet flattering, which lets admit it is not common for down filled coats. The high collar keeps you warm and doubles as a hood. The length is perfect for when in the saddle. (Photo Credit: Gersemi 2013)
What I love about this fleece jacket is the flattering shape that accentuates your waist. We shouldn’t have to resemble marshmellows just because its cold. A good fleece with perfectly placed pockets to keep your hands warm should be a staple in your cold weather wardrobe. (Photo Credit: Pikeur 2013)
This fleece looks and feels luxurious with its attention to detail in the trim. (Photo Credit: Pikeur 2013)
Just looking at this jacket, makes me want to curl up in it and take a nap. With down fill its cozy and looks durable enough for the barn. The matte look is sophisticated and classic. (Photo Credit: Pikeur 2013)
I love this parka in the red, tapered at the waist, covers your tush and has big pcokets for sugar cubes!
What sets this vest apart from others are the bright colour options (aquamarine, as shown, and ruby), the flattering fit, the soft neck lining and bulk-reducing zigzag pattern. (Photo Credit: Cavallo 2013)
Ladies Apparel: I love Fall clothes, they’re warm with rich textures and provide options for layering – this season’s riding apparel is no exception.
Love the denim knit version of a athletic top. It’s different yet practical for riding in. (Photo Credit: Gersemi 2013)
This high collar functional shirt, looks good and is moisture wicking (I hate sweating)! The high collar is great for keeping your neck warm in cooler weather and can be folded down like a polo on warmer days.
I love the put-together look of 1/4 zip shirts in the saddle and this delivers both warmth and fun colours.
This top comes in a “high tec” fabric that keeps you warm, dry and is lightweight. The material also stretches with you so you don’t feel constricted when riding, tacking up or working around the barn.
This varsity style shirt fits right in on campus or at the barn. It’s also moisture wicking which is great for staying warm and dry during training sessions.
This warm pullover is perfect for throwing over a polo shirt on a brisk morning incase it warms up later.
This cozy jacket is perfect for hand grazing on those brisk Fall evenings and can easily go from the barn to the grocery store. (Photo Credit: Gersemi 2013)
The aquamarine colour of these breeches is fun yet not tacky. The contrast full seat is the perfect complement to the bright colour. (Photo Credit: Cavallo 2013)
The popular Pikeur Lugana breech comes in a softshell for the winter. This version keeps you warm by blocking the wind and keeping the warmth in.
Mens Wear: We can’t forget about the guys, they need to keep warm too!
This top is fashion and function all in one. Its unique blend of material means it is moisture wicking and breathable. (Photo Credit: Cavallo 2013)
I love the contrast of the grey/black with the trim details. This zip up will look great in and out of the barn and can be layered for more warmth.
This jacket is trendy but not tacky with its attention to detail but yet practical around the barn. The knitted cuffs and hem keep the warmth in and cold out while you tack up and is a good length for riding in. The model is a must have as well… (Photo Credit: Pikeur 2013)
You shouldn’t have to freeze in the saddle simply because you’re a guy. This parka is the best of both worlds – warm and toasty like a good parka, but very functional in the saddle with riding vents in the back. (Photo Credit: Cavallo 2013)
For the Horses: Our four legged friends need to stay warm too, here’s a preview of the fall collections to keep them happy throughout Fall & Winter.
Eskadron’s Fall Winter 13 Classic Collection
Eskadron’s Fall Winter 13 Next Generation Collection
Cavallo Collection by EQUEST
Cavallo Collection by EQUEST
While it was hard to make a decision here are my must have pieces put together with my current helmet and boots.
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What do you think?
Thank you to the manufacturers who shared their collections with me. You can find more information at Cavallo.info, Gersemi.se and Pikeur.net.