Equestrian Style – Blazers and Bags
For the last ‘How She’d Wear It’ of the month, Jamie requested looks that incorporate more of the traditional equestrian vibe, specifically blazers and bags. So I went with it, and one of the outfits is full on equestrian while the other one calls to the style but isn’t as obvious. You can take this style as far as you want, but blazers and bags are easy pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe.
Your best bet for finding cute blazers is to search shopstyle.com where you can search by price and color. The collages below are just ideas on what to wear with a camel or navy blazer, but I’m also a fan of gray, and with spring here soon there are a lot of bright color options. Also, check out thrift stores, Goodwill, or Value Village – I’ve found some sick tweed blazers in the vintage section of Value Village. If you’re wearing a blazer you don’t want it to look cheap, so don’t buy a blazer that wrinkles easily.
For bags, look for saddle bags or bags with a lot of belt straps and buckles, horse-bit details, and made out of leather or suede. Not all equestrian style bags are necessarily made out of leather and suede, some are made out of fabric like houndstooth, tweed, plaid, but the most common style is definitely brown or black leather bags with a lot of hardware.
The equestrian details in this outfit aren’t in your face. Your eyes are drawn to the pattern on the shirt and the pop of the red shoes; you won’t really notice the camel hair blazer or cross-body bag as equestrian pieces at first glance. That being said, you could take this outfit and replace the shirt with a button down and the pumps with boots and it would be incredibly equestrian. However, I like how this outfit developed. The blazer, which is insanely expensive (so here are two other options 1 and 2), is very structured, almost businessy, but the shirt and shoes are fun. Blazers elevate an outfit and are versatile enough that mixing up your accessories totally change the look. I really love this large crystal bracelet which is very “dressed up” and the star earrings are adorable.
I couldn’t get the picture for the blazer I really want, so this super expensive J.Crew blazer will have to do. It’s beautiful yes, but $700, so here is a slightly less expensive, similar blazer. You must check out the scarf! It’s so adorable with the pop art design and I’m obsessed with those tweed Hunter boots. I still need to get myself a pair of Hunters, which are a great alternative to leather riding boots. I hesitated when I thought about making a full on equestrian outfit. You don’t see people rocking it full-on unless they’ve just come from riding but still, it’s a coveted style that I think people wish was normal to wear. I do anyway. I’ve always envied the girls in their tan pants and boots, wearing show shirts that button all the way up to the neck. It’s an incredibly chic look that I will always admire.
– Julia of Style and Cheek