I’ve come to accept the fact that I’m a little obsessed with horses. I grew up a horse-crazy girl, matured into a horse-crazy woman and will eventually become an old horse-crazy lady. And it’s not enough to just ride my horse and spend my free time at the barn. When I’m not in riding breeches, I like to wear equestrian-inspired apparel as I behold the horse-centric decor displayed in my home. (Are you getting the picture?) But you need not be a total fanatic to appreciate a little tasteful equestrian flair here and there. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite equestrian-inspired items, from clothing to accessories to homewares.
Anyone who knows Hermès or horses knows the two go hand in hand. After all, as the fashion house explains it, “It all began with and for the horse.” These simple, stately silver cufflinks will complement any dapper gent’s wardrobe.
Celebrated American designer Ralph Lauren might give me a run for my money when it comes to admiring horses. Throughout his eponymous brand’s history, he has injected his collections with plenty of equestrian style. Case in point: this sleek calfskin belt.
I’m mildly obsessed with Colombian company Rönner Design, which crafts beautiful apparel for both the barn and the office. This ultra feminine ruffled blouse has a subtle equestrian touch and is oh-so flattering. It’s also stunning paired with the brand’s Mimosas Slippers.
The fashion house’s iconic saddle bag is back and better than ever. First designed in 1999, it hit the runway in John Galliano’s spring/summer 2000 collection and quickly became the It accessory, seen on the arms of celebs from Beyoncé to Paris Hilton. It made its epic return last year, and this time, I have a feeling it’s here to stay.
You don’t need to actually use this eye-catching grooming box for its designated purpose — although that’d be pretty fabulous. This sturdy, versatile tote from German maker Manifattura Valor is handmade by talented craftspeople and will last a lifetime.
If, like me, you simply must display your equestrian style in the streets, do it in the highest form with these calfskin boots from Hermès. They’re adorned with the subtlest of detailing and are sure to make a statement wherever they go.
Scottish brand Walker Slater has long crafted fine clothing using Harris Tweed, a legally protected material made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides. This striking asymmetrical jacket takes its inspiration from Victorian riding jackets. It’s available in a variety of hues and patterns, but I can’t quite get over this vibrant purple herringbone.
Breeches have a very practical use in the horse world (helping riders better stay in the saddle), but the style easily translates to the real world. This breathable pant with eco-suede knee patches is as comfortable as it is flattering.
Need a festive spot for your incoming mail to land? This elegant handcrafted serving platter with bit detailing will do the trick. Oven- and freezer-friendly, it is of heirloom quality and won’t lose its luster over time.
British fashion house Holland Cooper combines founder Jade Holland Cooper’s passions for exceptional design and the great outdoors. Crafted from the finest tweeds, this eternally stylish, equestrian chic trench is an instant wardrobe staple.