Tally Ho

Having grown up around horses, une femme has always had a soft spot for equestrian-themed clothing and accessories. The look is classic and timeless, but if you don’t wish to appear to be on your way to a riding lesson, don’t wear it head-to-toe. By mixing one or two equestrian inspired pieces with other basics, you’ll keep the effect fresh, and not overdone.

Riding boots are hot right now, which means there are a lot of choices available. I prefer a simpler boot, without a lot of extraneous buckles, straps or hardware to look dated in a year or so. Here are some options, all under $200.

Etienne Aigner

AK Anne Klein

Or, for a little over $200, you can have the real deal: Ariat.

A hacking jacket is another horsey item that translates well to a classic work wardrobe. Ralph Lauren made his bones on equestrian-inspired wear, and hasn’t lost his touch.

Or again, you can go with the real thing.

RJ Classics Hunt Coat.

Scarves can also be easily incorporated into one’s regular wardrobe. To keep from looking like the Queen Mum, pass up the elaborate knots and throw over your shoulders casually, with a “this-old-thing?” insouciance.

Brooks Brothers

Or, the Mother of Them All, Hermés.

I know jodphurs have made an appearance on the runways recently, but frankly, that’s one item I’d skip. Not only are they rarely flattering, but they’re tough to wear without looking a tad…costume-y…

…or worse.

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  1. October 24, 2007 / 2:23 pm

    Love your linked story, and the photo is great.

  2. October 24, 2007 / 2:27 pm

    And also very glad to hear your house is ok. I know, you probably live nowhere near the fires. It was like that living here in the floods of 93, and everyone from all over asking us, is your house underwater? (Not even close enough to worry the whole summer, but it made for some interesting driving as outer roads went under.)

  3. October 24, 2007 / 2:28 pm

    ok, really I ought to work, but what about the riding/western thing? I seem to be starting to head that way. Where you come from, it’s probably too pedestrian. But here in the eastern Midwest, it’s fairly out there. People may start thinking I’m a redneck.

    I guess it’s like any seasoning: use with reserve and caution.

  4. October 24, 2007 / 2:40 pm

    Actually, western shirts with snaps are popular with some of the young guys right now. And I don’t think a good pair of cowboy boots ever really goes out of style, but I’m not crazy about them worn with skirts or with jeans tucked in. But I think they look cool under a longish pair of jeans.

  5. October 24, 2007 / 5:16 pm


    Miss J’s never longed for the riding look til just now.

  6. October 26, 2007 / 12:23 am

    I wonder if army surplus stores would carry them?

  7. bonnie-ann black
    October 25, 2007 / 10:16 pm

    i had a pair of old duck twill military jodphurs that had belonged to my aunt. i *loved* them and wore nearly them to death with a silk blouse that had a shawl collar and whatever pair of boots were my favorite at the time. eventually, they wore out a bit and i never could wear the newer, spandex-y ones… and the current crop look more like cargo pants… but a pair of the old army-style twill ones with the button fly and button legs, i’d love to find again.

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