Equestrian Luxe for the Clothes (and Jewels) Horse

The equestrian influence this season appears in full classic ensembles and also in more subtle additions to casual fashions. Boots are huge for fall/winter 2012, and they arrive during a season when women’s slacks are an important trend. The net result is more than a few looks that have been styled with a decidedly equestrian vibe.

Calling equestrian “the most wearable trend right now,” the September 2012 issue of Real Simple elaborates: “Time for some good old-fashioned horse sense: Designers are bucking the trends with never-out-of-style classics straight from the English countryside (just like the Tommy Hilfiger look above).” Featured are a pair of bracelets: a gold-plated enameled bangle from Lauren G. Adams, and a metal bangle from Shop Suey Boutique.

“You Can Do Equestrian” writes fashion director Cindy Weber Cleary in the September 2012 issue of InStyle, noting that many dressage-inspired styles are ageless. Among the reasons she loves this look: “Its aristocratic aura has always held a special allure for upwardly mobile-minded Americans. The new iconic offerings—skinny red jeans with a horse print or a bracelet that curves into hooves—have an edgier appeal.” The bracelet to which she refers is a brass cuff from Giles & Brother, pictured above. Cleary adds [“My Secret”]: “A horse-bit detail on a belt or bracelet lends elegance to a sophisticated outfit without being costumey.”

The September 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar has a beautiful fashion spread shot at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. Perhaps the most equestrian-inspired look from the shoot is this jacket, bodysuit and pants ensemble from Donna Karan New York, accompanied by a ring from Gucci, which also supplied the boots. The Helmet is from Charles Owen.

From Issue No. 4 2012 of Capitol File Magazine, here’s an ensemble from Salvatore Ferragamo accented with a cocktail ring and drop earrings from Roberto Coin and boots from Jimmy Choo. The male model wears a suit, shirt, and tie from Joseph Abboud Collection with a pocket square from Brunello Cucinelli and shoes from Ermenegildo Zegna.

The equestrian look is, at its essence, a sporty look, which generally calls for jewelry that won’t interfere with an active lifestyle. Jewelry will be relatively modest in size and tasteful. Consider what jewelry could add to the above display of equestrian-influenced accessories from the October 2012 issue of Family Circle.

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