What's the best horse riding top for spring?
Posted on 16 March 2017 by Kim
Spring has almost sprung! And that means plants start to flower in the warm spring weather. The drab outdoors starts to become ablaze with colour: white from snowdrops, yellow from daffodils and primroses, blue from bluebells. So why don’t you dress yourself for spring season and add some colour and life back into your equestrian wardrobe. If you need a little inspiration on what to wear, look no further. This week we take a look at Base Layers.
What is a Base Layer?
A Base Layer, as its name suggests, is the first layer of clothing you wear against your skin before you put on any other layers. It is the “base” of your outfit.
Typically, a good base layer, is made of a synthetic fabric that wicks sweat away from your body. And it is for this reason that base layers are often referred as “technical” items of clothing.
When should I wear one?
They’re best worn in cold or changing weather conditions. In winter, it performs the function its name suggests, ie a base layer under other layers; in spring and autumn it can be worn as a top layer. What other equestrian item of clothing is as versatile as this? It makes it great value for money.
So why should I wear one?
The most popular reason to wear a base layer is that in the cold weather they keep you warm. It does this in two ways. Firstly, the base layer provides an extra layer of insulation. Secondly, it will wick sweat away from your skin, so you stay dry and comfortable.
Another reason “why” for me comes down to providing a little bit of protection on my arms when hacking out. Protection for the UV rays of the sun but also from injury if I have a fall while I’m out. Whilst I’m not expecting miracles, it’s worth wearing a base layer, isn’t it, if it reduces the extent of any injuries? And it is for this reason that some riding schools insist that a long-sleeved top is worn when hacking out.
To do its job, a base layer should be snug against your skin. A loose fit base layer will just bunch up, making it uncomfortable and unable to function very well.
So most are a no-nonsense, figure hugging style that makes you feel secure when you’ve got it on. Consequently, they’re highly shaped and more often that you might think, they complement practically all figures well. If, like me, you’re worried about wearing a tight-fitting top, simply pop a gilet over the top of it to create a layered look.
So what about the “Neck Line”
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. So, everyone with a long and thin or regular neck has a winner here as do women with smaller busts. This neckline is not a good choice for women with a short, wide neck or women with a bigger chest.
The turtle neck has a high collar and is no good for a short, wide neck, but should be worn instead by women with a long, thin, or regular neck. It’s also great for women with a small chest, whether you have a long or short décolleté.
Add a Touch of Colour
Add colour and life back into your wardrobe and brighten up your look with some colour. This season we’ve got a stunning range of colours that’ll give you a cheerful, happy, and fresh look. Some have even got a touch of a floral pattern on them which is perfect for spring.
Stock up on neutrals
While spring is all about colour, you still need a good stock of neutrals to match things with. Neutral tops also carry over well into other seasons and this makes them a worthwhile investment. Neutral colours include grey, navy and white.
What’s the take home message?
Base layers are great value and now they come in a great range of colours and neutrals so that you can team them with any existing riding clothes that you’ve already got. If you haven’t tried one yet, treat yourself to one and let me know what you think of it.