Horses and their riders have shaped the history of our world – and also had a major influence on fashion both on and off the runway. During the Year of the Horse, it is believed that incorporating horse-themed items into your style will help you take advantage of the year’s prosperity and good fortune. To get you out of the starting gate, Isharya celebrates the Year of the Horse with a fun look at three riding fashions you can wear every day.
Charlotte Casiraghi, Granddaughter of Princess Grace of Monaco, and the face of Gucci Heritage.
The Hunt Coat
Since the late 1700s the red hunt coat has been the standard uniform for horsemen and women who hunt on horseback. Most English riders also wear breeches, or form-fitting pants with leather knee patches. The hunt coat has seen its days on the couture runways, and available at our fingertips.
Dior Couture Spring 2010.
Alexander McQueen tailored red jacket, available at Net-A-Porter.
The Riding Boot
Everyone should have at least one pair of riding boots in their closet – their timeless fashion is inspired by styles worn by members of the Calvary, jockeys and English riders.
You can duplicate this classic theme and maximize your good luck. Pair leather riding boots with leggings and a neutral-hued top under a red blazer for a comfortable and versatile look.
Edwina Alexander, in Gucci Equestrian.
Louboutin riding boot, available at Neiman Marcus.
A Hint of the West
Blue jeans and cowboy boots have become iconic symbols of American culture. For a modern take on these riding classics, you can match cowboy boots with a layered skirt and polo shirt topped off with a denim vest. Or, whether you wear denim on denim, pair your boots with a maxi, or throw a denim jacket over your shoulders as a duster, create a fun and flirty look that is ready to giddy up and go.
Chanel’s Paris-Dallas Metiers d’Art collection showed us how the West is won after their December Pre-Fall show in Dallas, Texas. Considered Chanel’s triumphant return, after Coco’s visit in 1967 at the invitation of Stanley Marcus, Karl Largerfeld chose the location to fete a truly Americana comeback.
Denim jacket by Free People.
Hopefully you have a few riding-inspired fashions in your wardrobe, if not, stop horsing around and get to shopping! Look your best while you get the most from the Year of the Horse!
Till next time….