There are many types of equestrian fashion. Theres the sporting fashion, which includes events such as dressage, show jumping and eventing, this attire may be somewhat less formal than that used in hunter riding. In these events, riders typically wear tight, almost streamline clothing in our modern day. However in the past, horse riding was seen as a sign to show high status, and so it seems that they didn’t think about the practicality of their attire then. Here are some examples of what riders used to wear in the 1900s.
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There could also be an everyday, casual equestrian fashion which those involved in the equestrian, country world would wear from day to day.
Another type of equestrian sport fashion includes hunting attire, and side saddle attire which are both formal and smart fashion, one could say these are uniform.
(The attire depends on a few factors… the gender of the rider, the hunt colors, whether its cub hunting or formal season and whether the rider is an adult, huntsman master, junior/child)
Cub hunting attire:
-Hacking jackets- tweed or linen worn by all
-Shirt/blouse- light/pastel colour
Formal season attire:
(Depends on gender and whether they’ve been awarded colours- e.g. the scarlet coat
-Ribbons on the back of helmets should point up, and Masters and professionals to point down
-White or cream stock tie, tied down with plain, gold pin
-Dark gloves, or white
-Vests/blouse/shirt-canary colour is most formal
Gentlemen without colours should wear…
Black/dark coat, plain black buttons
Black boots with brown leather tops
Gentlemen with colours wear…
Entitled but not required to wear scarlet coat and gold buttons with embossed hunts emblem
Hunting gear has changed very little since fox hunting began. Its based on practicality. Heavy boots and thick breeches protect riders from branches and brambles. Heavy melton coats are almost waterproof. The stock tie, fastened with a gold safety pin can serve as a bandage for man, hound or horse in the case of an accident.
“Horses have for ever been symbols of power in history and literature,” says Lucy Cleland, editor of the glossy British monthly Country & Town House. “Exquisite leatherwork, tailoring and practicality makes equine-inspired style sexy and timeless.’’