I bet you know one of these people, all yards have them…

never fade

The super-stylish equestrian. She arrives at the yard in her pristine car, perfectly made up and in clean, stylish riding clothes that not only look super expensive, but are also super flattering. What’s more, she doesn’t just arrive looking like this, she somehow remains in this pristine condition throughout the day. She never seems to suffer from helmet hair, nor is she ever caught with mud on her breeches or slobber on her top.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t fall in to that category. At the weekend I leave it until the very last minute to get out of bed, pull something off the “floordrobe”, grab a cup of tea and go. No makeup on my face or thought about my outfit is made. That is until a bit later on when I wake up while out hacking and realise that I look like crap. I could have at least pulled a brush through my hair and chosen something matching and clean to wear.

I’m also incredibly lazy with taking off my boots before getting in my car and spent the entire winter driving around in mud-clad wellies. Ben helped me muck out my car recently, ready for spring (it was horrendous) and now I’ve vowed to be much better behaved and change out of my boots before I get in the car to go home.

On the same note, I’ve also taken to keeping some handwash at the yard and giving my hands a proper clean before I get in to my car to drive home. I know that probably sounds so basic, but our yard is far from civilisation and there is no bathroom. You have to hold the hose between your knees and wash your hands in the cold water. Then shake them dry, obviously. But anyway, my steering wheel is still looking quite clean, so it must be working and I certainly feel less gross when I have to pop in to the local shop to grab some milk or chocolate on the way home.

So after assessing my life, I decided that enough is enough! Time to sharpen up my act and start looking a bit more presentable when riding. After all, you never know who you might meet on a hack! (True story, I bumped in to a work associate on a hack once, he pulled over for me in this car).

So after much research, I’ve concluded that I need:

  • A capsule riding wardrobe
  • Belts

If I have a collection of riding clothes where all the tops go with all the bottoms, which go with all the jumpers and so on, then hopefully it should eliminate the recent equestrian fashion faux-pas such as the hideously clashing purple and navy jods with the green hoody and brown boots. Hmm, not my best look.

Hopefully I’ll be able to assemble a reasonably good outfit, in minimal time and with minimal effort in the mornings.

And belts. Nothing says stylish equestrian more than a good belt round your breeches with a tucked in, slim fit top.

So I went on a little late night online shopping spree and have purchased a selection of riding gear for my new capsule wardrobe. I don’t want to give too much away with what I’ve bought, but I’ve gone for mostly practical, but with a splash of colour for Spring.

I haven’t found a belt I like yet. Not sure whether to go for a coloured polo style belt or a classic soft leather. I will have to ponder it for a while…