The Horse Girl aesthetic will be everywhere this fall — here are 14 pieces to get the look
In January, model Charlotte Casiraghi opened Chanel’s Haute Couture show wearing a black tweed jacket, fitted black pants and black boots. The look wouldn’t have caused much fanfare if Casiraghi hadn’t worn it while perched on his horse, Kuskus. Spectacle is often the name of the game when it comes to Chanel runways (Karl Lagerfeld once flew into an iceberg to serve as the backdrop for the runway), and a horse trotting around seated onlookers was no exception. Taking inspiration from the runways, equestrian fashion is in the spotlight this fall, with many designers adding sporty and preppy elements to their collections reminiscent of the equestrian outfits worn by equestrians.
Haute couture has always maintained a link with the equestrian world. Hermès began as a saddler, while Gucci products have long been adorned with the brand’s signature horsebit. More recently, a new era of riding enthusiasts has emerged in the industry. Model Bella Hadid often shares videos of her riding on instagram, and designer Hillary Teymour of Collina Strada has channeled her equestrian childhood into her recent runway collections. The message: The riding style might be considered preppy, but it’s not just for those who frequent the riding club.
Amelia Diamond, writer and head of creative brand marketing at AYR, who is also an advisor for Calling all horse girls, explains that there are three main categories when it comes to looks. The first is the one who has just left the barn, “hay in his hair, a wood chip somewhere, manure on his boots, drool on his shoulder”. Second, is equestrian-inspired. The third is horse iconography – “having real horses on your clothes.”
All of these iterations of the cavalier style — literal and whimsical — hark back to the broader appeal of fashion grounded in comfort and simplicity. “Equestrian fashion rotates frequently, especially in times of uncertainty,” says Susan Glynn, Ariat‘s VP of clothing design, renewed interest. “People are drawn to comfort, nostalgia and connection. The human-horse relationship is powerful and beautiful. It helps us feel grounded and connected.
This fall, look to the trend as a way to incorporate sleek yet preppy pieces into your collection. “The wonderful thing about equestrian fashion is that unlike other trends, the ‘look’ and the pieces are so timeless, classic and functional,” says Glynn. “You never have to recycle. They can stay in your closet forever.
There are still the formal English riding staples like field jackets and polo shirts, but you can also add fashionable touches with Western details. “I grew up riding in English so if I really want to lean on my riding roots outside the barn I’d wear an oversized blazer of some variety (traditionally you’d wear a much more fitted one because you don’t I don’t want the excess fabric to get in the way) with jeans and a button-up oxford shirt,” Diamond suggests. Plus, she points out, “you need a great leather belt.” To touch the western side of things, an updated cowboy boot worn with a sleek slip dress embraces the aesthetic without being too literal.
And while there are plenty of notable brands bringing equestrian fashion to the fore this season, Diamond’s recommendation is to keep an eye out for second-hand gear on Etsy or Ebay, which she says always look better. . “You know that scene in Philadelphia History where Katherine Hepburn tackles her fiancé at the barn because his riding clothes are too new and she wants to put dirt and barn dust in them? So.”
Ahead, shop 14 pieces to help you pull off the look this fall, whether you’re planning on hitting the stables or just rocking the look at home.
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Alex Mill Easy Ruffle Paper Poplin Shirt
The slight pomp of this frilly top has just the right amount of whimsy. Pair it with sleek pants and boots for a sense of poise.
$135, shop now
Buck Mason Ridge Twill Rider Pants
Inspired by the rise of Western clothing for Fall 2022, these slim twill pants will look as cool on the streets as they do on the bike.
$125, shop now
Toteme Riding Boot in Black
A stylish Euro-style riding boot doesn’t have to be reserved for skinny pants. Try the style with a maxi dress for more chic occasions.
$1,000 shop now
Eleanor cotton-poplin dress Tory Burch
A mix of minimalist and preppy, this cotton poplin dress has a subtle western flair while staying firmly out of costume territory.
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Upper Doen Joliette
Discover the perfect lightweight top for fall. Wear it alone or layer it under a sleeveless sweater or quilted jacket.
$178, shop now
Khaite Nirva Dress
This sleek, shiny design from New York-based brand Khaite might not be practical for riding lessons, but it embodies the shiny, lithe attitude of horses.
$1,700 shop now
Cawley Studio Shearling Jacket NZ
You are sure to be comfortable dressed in this luxury sheepskin coat. Wear it with slim jeans to embrace the aesthetic.
$1,395 shop now
Hermès Regatta 24 belt
Hermès has a long history not only as a fashion house, but also as a manufacturer of saddles and riding equipment. This belt is a subtle nod to this heritage.
$1,275 shop now
J. Crew Downtown Field Quilted Jacket
Coat time is just around the corner, but take the opportunity to play with layering in fun and unexpected ways. This preppy-meets-sporty coat will lend itself to your stylish styling needs.
$178, shop now
Aeyde Ariel Leather Cowboy Boots
If the western end of the spectrum is more your style, try a pair of fashion-forward cowboy boots. You can pair them with jeans as well as a cotton dress.
$645, shop now
& Other Stories Jacquard knit sweater
If you want to literally follow the trend, there’s no better way to show your love for horses than with this monochrome knit. Try pairing it with pants for a fresh, seasonal touch.
$119, shop now
Loewe Gate Mini Leather Shoulder Bag
This design inspired by the saddlebags of the Spanish brand Loewe is a practical everyday bag with a touch of high fashion.
$1,850 shop now
Polo Ariat Price 2.0
A sporty polo shirt will serve as a layering piece that will work just as well at the barn as it does for running errands.
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Rhode Ester V-Neck Midi Dress
Although you’ll want to skip a dress if you’re planning on going horseback riding, this playful printed style is a great way to show off your interests for chicer occasions.
$565, shop now