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For my first official equestrian style post I thought it was only right to start with my riding outfit formula. All of the elements that I add together to create not only a stylish, but functional outfit for my everyday riding outfit, are a product of constant trial and error. Riding in and wearing these garments all day long, especially in the south, is the ultimate test of cost per wear. Of course my propensity for luxury extends from my taste in street style, along with my incessant hunt for a bargain. Applying the same shopping strategies I use for everything else I buy, I am able to create outfits that I love, for a fraction of the price!
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The foundation of any riding outfit must be your breeches. With any garment, fit is everything. I prefer a mid to high rise, that falls at my natural waist, which supports but doesn’t squeeze. Proper sizing is important to ensure the best fit. Fabric choice for both leg material and knee patch (or full seat) needs to be comfortable and not restricting. To ensure your best ride, I highly suggest comparing product measurements to your own measurements if buying online, or even better, try them on at your local tack store!
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The southern sun is pretty intense most of the year, so I make it a habit to wear long sleeve UPF protective tops. With the trend ever so popular among the equestrian community, most outfitters have made them not so affordable. I have turned to main stream fashion for alternatives to sub out for my more expensive tops, which in turn has opened up a lot more style options! Golf shirts and even rash guards are great options when looking for sun protection on a budget. I try to make it a habit to look when I am shopping in person or online for other garments, for any long sleeved top that contains UPF 30 or higher. The top I am wearing here is an awesome light weight rash guard from Athleta. The length is perfect for tucking (which I’m all about!) and the sleeves don’t stretch out! It is a slim fit but I stayed true to my normal size. (on sale here, & here )
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I am a sucker for riding belts. Leather, elastic, plain, or sparkly, I like it. For me a good belt makes your outfit. Growing up my trainer made it mandatory to wear a belt. She said it would come in handy if a piece of equipment ever broke and that stuck with me for life. Back then, I chose a classic leather name plate belt that had my favorite pony and first horses show name’s that was adorned with some fancy stitching – it was all the rage- and I still have it to this day. This burgundy surcingle belt I am wearing here is actually something I asked my Mom to make! If it seems like something doable, I almost always ask my Mom if she thinks she can make it. I am very grateful she shares my frugal tendencies and understands how much $$ she is saving me! Thanks Mom!
There ya have it! Well fitting breeches, a comfortable sun protective top, and a belt that shows your personal style: my riding outfit formula! I find if I make these elements readily available, no matter what time in the morning I get dressed, its a successful riding outfit!