BY STYLE EDITOR BETHANY LEE
With winter show season among us, it’s time to pack your bags and head south! It can be tough to know what to bring and what to leave, but I have compiled some of my favorite pieces that make my packing short list.
This packing list is sure to help you narrow down your riding essentials and bring your “A game” to any show you attend this winter.
1. RIDING SHIRTS.
¼ zip long sleeve tech fabric tops are a must with the warmer temperatures. I also like to wear long sleeve to protect my arms from the sun… and tan lines! My favorite practice shirts are breathable, fashion-forward and comfortable. Here are three practice tops that will be going into my suitcase: Callidae’s Practice Shirt in Cinder with Vines, R.J. Classics Princeton Black Lace Polka Dot Shirt and Opal Equestrian Base Layer top in Navy.
As far as show shirts go, I always look for bright white and a comfy collar. I love R.J. Classics fun spins on classic show shirts as well as Lotus Romeo’s and Ariat’s.
2. PULLOVERS & JACKETS.
No matter how hot it may be during the day, early morning sunrise rides are always chilly. I love to wear my Plaid Horse Magazine pullovers because they are so soft and they are easy to tuck in over my show shirt for later in the day.
My absolute favorite show jackets are Lotus Romeo and R.J. Classics hunt jackets. I always advise getting a great fitting black and navy blue, and then if you are able to buy additional colors, go with gray, hunter green and other fun colors. My main criteria is that they should be tight enough to utilize the stretchy fabric without rippling in the back or near the buttons.
Probably the easiest and most cost effective way to express myself in my #rootd is with a belt. I have a ton of favorites, so I packed my favorite leather, elastic and woven belts. My leather belt winner is easily my reversible black/brown Mane Jane leather belt with the yellow gold buckle. It just goes with absolutely everything and adds a nice finish to the look. When it comes to the elastic stable belts, the obvious front runner is Ellany Equestrian. EE has countless patterns now with a few closure options and finishes. Also major game changer: it is essentially the only elastic belt in the equestrian market that is adjustable. Shop Hunt Club has my all time favorite woven belts in many different color combinations and patterns.
When it comes to breeches, I am a freak about keeping them clean. I may change into 2-3 pairs throughout one show day. Practice breeches to ride in the morning and maybe a tan pair and white pair later on in the day to show in. When it comes to white breeches, I have never found a more flattering pair than my Sakkara breeches. They are the perfect low-mid rise waist and are breathable without being dreadfully see through. I love the fit so much, I had to order their navy pair as well! My R.J. Classics in hunter green and navy have vintage knee patches and are just a classy warm up option. I really love my Callidae tan breeches to show in. because of the clean lines and the stretchy fabric.
There are a couple things that are staples for me when it comes to non-clothing items. I always use Kleenex Cleansing System wipes to clean my face after a ride. I also carry Chap Stick and sun screen with me at all times! I am also using the View Halloo Competition Journal to track my students’ progress and winnings. The journal is bound with beautiful leather and keeps me so organized. Finally, I put a change of clothes and these accessories into my Maelort Ring Backpack. This backpack is a game changer. I love the waterproof outer shell, all of the inner pockets and compartments pockets and how it matches anything you’re wearing.
If you are missing one of these necessities, check out the brands I listed for top-of-the-line quality and style.