BY TPH ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE LIZ DAVOLL
Scrolling through Instagram a few weeks ago, I came across @xfreerein and was intrigued by their stunning imagery. Equestrian essence in some images, street style in others, and that was before I found the bodysuits!
Honestly when I think bodysuit I think super tight, which is usually only flattering on very young women and certain body types. But these photos were beautiful and I found myself thinking, That’s a bodysuit? But it’s so flattering! Then I remembered that body suits are currently super on-trend, and with them I’d never have to worry about my shirt coming un-tucked! This all sounded very promising.
A few days later, I placed my order for Free X Rein’s Derby Riding Pant in Wellington Tan, and their Moto Equestrian Bodysuit in Forest. I love daring to try different types of riding pants in beige or tan, because the color can either be really stunning… or all wrong. During my order, I spent some time on the phone with the founders of Free X Rein, Dana and Andrea, and was excited to hear that they wanted their clothes to go from the barn to the street and beyond for errands or dinner with friends. While I really appreciate the sporty fabrics and styles of today’s equestrian trends, I was excited to own something classic and multi purpose.
My package arrived (with 2 day shipping!) to my front door in a beautiful navy blue box with gold text across the front. Inside, I found my items carefully wrapped with two postcards that had clear instructions on how to care for my new riding apparel. Exciting discovery — the pants can be tossed in the dryer on low! How convenient is that?!
My first impression of the products was their overall high quality. The fabric on the pants is sturdy without feeling thick, and once I put them on I fell in the love. The color is perfect. The fit is flattering, the mid-rise is comfortable, and I felt great in them. The tan suede knee patch is a beautiful nostalgic and classic touch. These pants will be great to lesson or show in, and then meet my friends for a casual dinner at the end of the day by throwing a big sweater on and some white sneakers.
The body suit is super cool. The fabric is SO soft and I will definitely be wearing this as an everyday item, in addition to a riding top. The zipper details are trendy yet subtle, and this particular color feels very fall and would be a great layering item. The fit is loose, and the body suit is a thong bottom with a snap closure. The snaps are perfectly placed and remarkably comfortable to ride in!
Free X Rein nailed their design and function, and I really look forward to new products they launch in the future! Comfortable, trendy, and gorgeous — I can’t ask for anything else in equestrian style.