Equestrian clothing used to be seen as purely practical - outfits that you were not proud to be seen in on the school run, or when popping to the shops, post-ride! But now, thanks to creative designers and advanced technological materials and styling, today’s riding tops, breeches and other items of horse-riding apparel are smart, sassy, fit-for-purpose and form-flattering.
But what about the colours? Surely horsey clothes in lighter colours will get dirty - so dark colours rule? And don’t technologically-advanced materials like Polyamide and Elasthane shrink in the wash, or become ‘bobbly’ after frequent washing? Not necessarily - choose a high-tech item, whether riding top or breeches, that washes well at thirty degrees, and hang your garments to dry instead of tumble drying, and they will last and last, and retain their shape.
Top style tips - matching your breeches to your accessories
Yes, we all know that colour coordinating saddle cloths, head-collars, bandages, ear bonnets and protective boots for horses and ponies are definitely still popular! And if you want to do ‘matchy matchy’ with your breeches, then Derriere’s gorgeous navy Treviso Training Breeches will work well with all of the equestrian accessories brands. As a grown up, you may not want to colour-match exactly, however - tonal dressing and coordinating is even bigger news than ‘matchy matchy’ - so why not start with your breeches, and work backwards from dark blue? Tonal coordinating means using multiple shades of the same colour. It gives polished and ‘pulled together’ look, and you can be sure than all tones within a colour will go together. It’s also a more grown up way to rock the single-colour accessorising, starting from your smart, dark blue Treviso Training Breeches.
Style advice - choose pretty pastels
Every spring and summer, the fashionistas declare that pastel shades are de rigour. Here at Derriere Equestrian, this is something we have known about for a long while! Pastels go with most human skin tones and work beautifully with the staple of equestrian dressing, the colour navy. We love the concept of colour blocking with lighter, solid shades against a darker shade, making interesting and complementary colour combinations with our riding wear.
A good example is wearing our navy Treviso Training Breeches with a turquoise ‘Pocket Skin’ riding top - the Pocket Skin garments not only look good, but provide all round upper body support, comfort and climate control technology, with their moisture wicking, all-way stretch fabric. You will be in good company if you choose this pretty, green-blue colour - turquoise is officially making a comeback (if it ever went away!), with Valentino and Nina Ricci highlighting this beautiful hue in their fall-winter 2017 / 2018 runway fashion shows; and the famous Pantone Spring 2018 Fashion Trend Report giving a nod to the colour as one of 12 ‘call out shades’. You will find Derriere’s take on the colour turquoise a beautiful, soft, wearable shade.
If you want a different look, stand out from the crowd in our lovely white Cannes Competition breeches; they’re designed to promote optimal comfort and performance (and, like all our breeches, work in harmony with the Derriere undergarments, to eliminate chaffing). Pair with a coral-coloured ‘Pocket Skin’ for a pretty, summery look that ticks the fashion boxes! Again, the Pantone Spring 2018 Fashion Trend Report highlights coral as a key colour, describing their favourite as ‘blush coral pink’, with ‘subtly alluring’ qualities and ‘an understated appeal!’
We’d love to see your summer riding looks, so do share your pics with us on our Derriere Equestrian Facebook page, or drop us a message via the page!