Always on trend, Alex Calder joins The Gaitpost as our resident style guru and shows us how to mix it up this Autumn Winter.
The winter collections are always my favourite. Whether it’s the equestrian collections or the Autumn/Winter fashion collections, sometime around early September I always start looking forward to those crisp November days, and wrapping up in cosy layers, statement coats and sumptuous scarves.
As the worlds of high-street and horse-world fashion grow ever closer, there are more and more pieces in the equestrian collections that easily cross over to ‘real life’– just as long as you remember to wash them after mucking out all 7 stables of a Saturday morning.
Here are my three favourite pieces from the AW14 equestrian collections, that could work in any winter wardrobe.
1. Tailoring | Alessandro Albanese Technoready Jacket
Not just an outstanding competition jacket, the Alessandro Albanese Technoready makes the most perfect tailored jacket for wearing over a white shirt, with dark denim skinny jeans and Chelsea boots for an effortlessly chic look. Now that the competition season is over, mine is off to the dry cleaners to transition straight into my work wear wardrobe to work the tailoring trend.
2. Shades of Grey x Sport Luxe | Horseware Polo Carel Breeches
Bear with me on this one, I know the breeches look weird. I was lucky enough to be able to trial these before they went into production and in the 18 months I’ve been wearing them I’ve had more compliments on them than on any other breeches I’ve ever worn, ever. First off, they’re incredibly comfortable. Then there’s the side pockets, which are A REVELATION when it comes to riding in the summer with no jacket pockets to hold your enormous smartphone. And then, there’s how they look, which I think is pretty great. So much so, that I bought a second pair to wear ‘in real life’. I’ve worn them several times to work and no-one has batted a negative eyelid. (And I work in a trendster-central part of Dublin.) The sport-luxe look has been dominant for several seasons now, and while it’s less at the forefront than it used to be, its influence is still all over the shops, with statement sweatshirts, bombers and Nikes firmly entrenched on the street style and personal stye blogs. Style these breeches with grey and black layers for an understated equestrian-sport luxe look, or add in a pop of pastel for some soft winter colour.
3. Statement knit | Asmar Equestrian Fireside Sweater
United States based label Asmar Equestrian does an interesting line in luxurious equestrian wear that will definitely spend a lot of time in your non-horsey wardrobe. For this winter, I love their Fireside Sweater, a chunky rollneck made from a soft wool and cashmere blend, with faux leather detailing on the sleeves. Maybe a little too luxe for wearing around the yard, it’s a distinctive and on-trend piece for wearing between classes at winter training shows. For real world wear this one’s easy – pair with black jeans and just a hint of a white shirt for a monochrome look, and add one of their infinity scaves to maximise the statement swaddling.
Bonus level 4 – Accessories!
Accessories are the glue that holds every outfit together. This winter I’m crushing on Oughton Limited’s Paddock Correspondence Book (and their Paddock iPad case if we’re getting really serious), a Wiley Belt (that’s a real hoofpick!) and of course, the holy grail, a House of Salmi ring made with hair from the tail of your very own horse.
Alex was formerly social media and press manager for one of the world’s biggest equestrian brands, she now works in the design sector in Dublin, blogging at Dublin Street Style and A Long Summers Day when she remembers, and striving to one day finish on her dressage score at an intermediate event with her opinionated horse Ben. Alex also contributes to Le Cool Dublin and Starveling, Snout & Snug.
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