As an avid horseback rider ever since I was a young girl, I grew up in an equestrian world in which a unique sense of style permeated my every day life. Even before Ralph Lauren’s polo-inspired line of fashion and home furnishings, this equestrian style was centuries in the making, characterized by a classic and simple approach to fashion appropriate for country or city life. I am drawn to the familiar country dress codes of jeans, plaid, leather, corduroy, quilted jackets, and riding boots that are signature components of this equestrian style.
Whether an English or western rider, all riders like a playful plaid shirt. Riding vests and jackets or traditional blazers always look chic and preppy and are easy to layer over tees, turtlenecks, and cardigans.