Autumn layering for horse riders

autumn layering tips for horse riders

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:

Start with a basic, lightweight top. If you'e a cold mortal, a long sleeved base layer is the best option. Base layers come in two types of neck line: the crew or the turtle neck.

A crew neck fits along the base of the neckline and is collarless. This style is better on warmer autumn days when you don't want to be too hot. The Noble Equestrian Hailey Long Sleeved Crew Riding Top is the best option for a crew neck as its Opti-Dry technology wicks away moisture to keep you dry and warm. Plus it comes in a great range of colours. 

Noble Equestrian Hailey Long Sleeved Crew Riding Top   Noble Equestrian Hailey Long Sleeved Crew Riding Top

The turtle neck has a high collar and usually has a 6" or 30 cms zip. This style tends to be cosier as it protects the neck from the cold and draughts. Popular with many riders, is the LeMieux Base Layer as it comes in the same range of colours as the hat silk, saddle pad, brushing boots and ear bonnet.

LeMieux Base Layer   LeMieux Base Layer

Then add the next layer of a riding gilet. The great thing about a gilet is that you can wear just about anything underneath it. If your base layer needs spicing up a bit, make a bold statement with something eye catching, like the Pikeur Felia Gilet.   

Pikeur Felia Gilet   Pikeur Felia Gilet

If you'd prefer something simpler and lighter weight, the HKM Extra Light Riding Gilet is a good choice. Available in a range of colours, it's extremely lightweight.

 HKM Extra Light Riding Waistcoat   HKM Extra Light Riding Waistcoat

Finally add a riding jacket. Softshell jackets are highly versatile as they can be worn on its own or with other layers. As you'll see, there are a range of styles now available in softshell and the beauty of it is...hay, straw and shavings won't stick to it, so your car will stay nice and clean!

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

equus bullet Keep the under-layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim.

equus bullet If you’re concerned about your waistline, go for a layer with a belt or that’s waisted to create an hour glass shape.

Ready to layer?

Take a look at our wide selection of women's equestrian clothing including base layers, gilets and softshell jackets. And remember, we offer free UK delivery on all orders at EQUUS, with no minimum spend!

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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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