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Horse Illustrated’s Spring [Fashion] Forward

This spring, expect to find riding gear that’s packed full of performance features, with both modern and traditional elements of style.

“For equestrians, fashion goes back to function, so we really want something that’s going to be able to perform well and look great,” says Renee Portnoy, Director of Merchandising for SmartPak. “It’s less about a trend and more about a performance element, and I think manufacturers have really dialed in on materials, fabrics and styles that appreciate riders as athletes. We’re going to see this moving forward in 2013 with fabric technologies that really make riders feel more comfortable in the saddle.”

Practical, performance-oriented gear can still look good, however. “What’s great is being able to add that pop of color and detail to riding wear,” adds Portnoy. This year, she says you can expect to see fashion elements that give the English rider the chance to have some fun but still feel appropriate, with less of the super blingy or bright extremes.

Jeans—a mainstay for riders—have seen some modern updates in fit and design details, and for English riders, denim and jean-style breeches bring the look and comfort of your favorite fashion jeans into a saddle-friendly format. The looks are also more wearable beyond the barn.

“We’ve been fortunate over the last few years to have an equestrian fashion trend in the mainstream market,” says Portnoy. “That’s made it a lot easier to wear some of our barn clothes before and after riding, and probably get quite a few compliments along the way too!”

Fashion Meets Function


What’s in the look?

Mountain Horse Oakley Jacket
This perfect spring jacket is lightweight, windproof, waterproof and breathable.

Mountain Horse Oakley Jacket
(1 reviews)

Paired with Wrangler Cash Dream Believer Jeans in a perfect rise for riding, with flat seams and a vented boot cut for all-day comfort in the saddle.

Wrangler Cash Dream Believer Jeans
(12 reviews)

All-Around Cowgirl Style


What’s in the look?

Cruel Girl Georgia Relaxed Fit Jean
Made with just the right amount of stretch to be flattering in and out of the saddle.

Cruel Girl Georgia Relaxed Fit Jean
(7 reviews)

Justin Women’s AQHA Ostrich Remuda Boots set you apart in a crowd or in the ring.

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Justin Women's AQHA Ostrich Remuda Boots

(2 reviews)

Ride by Design


What’s in the look?

Ariat Denim Knee-Patch Breech
Designer jeans meet riding breeches!

Ariat® Denim Knee Patch Breech
(30 reviews)

Ariat’s Vintage Horse Print Polo is sure to be a hit at the barn and beyond.

Ariat® Vintage Print Polo

Versatile Performers


What’s in the look?

Alexus Riding Top by SmartPak does double-duty for show or schooling. Lightweight, breathable material has 50+ UPF sun protection.

Alexus Riding Top by SmartPak
(35 reviews)

Alexus Knee-Patch Breech by SmartPak is designed for the equestrian athlete. Innovative fabric provides flattering coverage without bulk.

Alexus Knee Patch Breeches by SmartPak
(86 reviews)

Cool for School


What’s in the look?

Kerrits Venti Tank features slimming princess seams and fast-dry Cooltek fabric. Get your groove on in paisley print.

Kerrits Venti Tank
(12 reviews)

Kerrits Microcord Full-Seat Breech in stretch-rib fabric with tummy-flattering V-panel.

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Kerrits Microcord Full Seat Breeches

(49 reviews)

Flowers & Showers


What’s in the look?

ELT Laetizia Jacket is waterproof and breathable, with detachable hood and riding vents in back.

ELT Laetizia Jacket

Bradley Full-Seat Breech by SmartPak is fashion-forward in denim with contrast stitching and fun floral embroidery on the back pocket.

Bradley Full Seat Jeans Breeches by SmartPak
(113 reviews)

Brighter than the Sun


What’s in the look?

SunShield Short Sleeve Shirt by SmartPak blocks 98 percent of harmful UV rays.

SunShield Short Sleeve Shirt by SmartPak
(42 reviews)

Piper Low-Rise Knee-Patch Breech by SmartPak comes in a modern cut and colors, at an attractive price point for schooling.

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Piper Breeches by SmartPak - Original Knee Patch

(1553 reviews)

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