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Autumn layering for horse riders

Posted on 13 September 2014 by Kim

how to layer clothing for horse riding

I look forward to the autumn weather. Autumn is my favourite season. The changing colour of the leaves, the low position of the sun in the sky, the chillier mornings. We’re all still wishing for an endless summer…but it’s already that time of year when the mornings are a little crisper and the evenings require a welcome layer or two. Lately I've had some trouble putting together pieces that will take me from 8 degrees when I’m mucking out in the morning to 20 degrees when I ride in the afternoon to 14 degrees when I put my boy to bed. The secret to staying comfortable (and looking great which all of us equestrianistas aim for) is multiple, distinct functional layers.

Some riders don’t know how to layer. Others are afraid to layer for fear of looking bigger than they actually are. While logic would lead one to believe that this claim is true, if you’ve mastered the art of layering this couldn’t be further from the truth. A perfectly layered look will compliment your curves and create the illusion of a more proportional silhouette. Follow these three simple steps below

  1. Start with a basic, lightweight top. If you suffer with the cold, try a nice cosy long sleeved polo. Take a look at HKM’s Pro Team Boston Polo Shirt. If you prefer something with short sleeves how about the HKM Lauria Garrelli Naples Ladies Polo Shirt?
  2. Add another layer such as a riding gilet. The great thing about a gilet is that you can wear just about anything underneath it and this is a great opportunity to go for a bold colour that will add a bit of oomph if there is even such a word! I like the Toggi Bellingham Ladies Padded Gilet.
  3. Then add a lightweight riding jacket as the final autumnal layer. I cannot recommend softshell jackets enough. It’s highly versatile piece that can be worn on its own or with other layers, i.e. under a gilet. Again HKM have pretty much got the market cornered with this HKM Pro Team Boston Softshell Jacket.

You can see both long sleeved and short sleeved layering choices in our Equestrian Look Books.

If there’s two very quick tips I could give you, it would be:

  • Keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim.
  • If you’re concerned about your waistline, go for a layer with a belt or that’s waisted to create an hour glass shape.

Now it’s your turn! Create a layered look today from our great collection of equestrian clothing.


Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.

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