BY JESS CLAWSON
Springtime means all kinds of weather, and those April showers mean cute all-weather riding gear. Like most of us, I’m on a budget, so you can imagine my delight when I discovered the British equestrian clothing company, Rydale.
I could easily have purchased everything on their site in my size. It’s all adorable, comes in cool colors and patterns, and is so affordable. But in an effort to restrain myself, I narrowed my selection to a few things I really needed.
First, I knew I needed the Askwith Sports Grip Jodhpurs. I got them in khaki, but they come in a lot of different colors (and I will be buying more in denim). The seat is grippy but comfortable, and they have one of my key requirements: back pockets. I like the slim, compression fit. The fabric will be cool even when the temperatures rise.
Virginia springs are always rainy. For years, I have coveted a beautiful long riding raincoat that wasn’t stiff or suffocating. The Emley ¾ Riding Coat is exactly what I have always wanted. I chose the berry color to coordinate with my khaki breeches. I love how cheerful the color looks—perfect for gloomy days. The fit is flattering, and the storm cuffs mean I won’t get cold hands and wrists. I’m an event rider that rides in all kinds of weather. This coat will make that a much more pleasant experience.
I couldn’t pick just one jacket, so I also snagged the Ladies Milly II Belted Wax Jacket. I love this look. It’s very on-trend in the Virginia riding scene. Again, I’m shocked at how well-priced it is considering the terrific fit and all of the features, including the corduroy collar and pretty lining. This jacket also comes in a variety of beautiful patterns.
I’m a sucker for soft layering pieces and I hate being cold, which led me to the Hannah Fleece Lined Shirt. This is another great piece with beautiful pattern options. I picked the navy check, but it was a close call because there were so many great options to choose from. I like how slim fit this shirt is, and what I didn’t appreciate until I had it on was it has pockets! They’re nice, deep pockets. I would feel safe leaving my phone in while I ride and do barn chores.
As I rounded out my shopping, I couldn’t leave my smallest friend, Arthur, out of the mix. I’ve tried several dog coats on him and haven’t liked how any of them have fit, but he looks great in the wax dog coat. It will keep him dry in the April showers without being too hot or slowing him down.
If you’re looking to update your wardrobe with quality items for a reasonable price, check out Rydale. Between their lovely clothing (including a well-stocked men’s line) and warm customer service team, you won’t be sorry.
About the Author: Jess is a professional historian and educator who lives in northwestern Virginia. They completed their undergraduate degree in English at William & Mary, and did their masters and doctoral work at the University of Florida. Jess is an event rider with a passion for thoroughbreds, and has extensive experience in community organizing around queer identities, racial marginalization, and labor.
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