Fashion & Accessories

By Sarah Solomon

It goes without saying that all seasonal styles have “themes”. Summer is predominately nautical-themed and everyone looks like they belong on a boat or are spending the weekend at the Kennedy compound. Winter is trying to hide the fact that you’ve put on a few pounds due to the depressing weather and an alarming proximity to your favorite bakery (kindly called “layering”.) And spring is more of a celebration of being able to show your ankles and arms without fear of frostbite. But what about fall? That my friends, is when equestrian-inspired style really comes into its own.

Photography courtesy Rebecca Plaine

The essential fall statement is your jacket. It’s what everyone sees and what style and brand you choose speaks loads about your aesthetic and personality.

Enter one of my favorite brands: Barbour. A Barbour jacket is not a purchase, it’s an investment. Handcrafted in England, these timeless waxed cotton numbers evoke a heritage-inspired air that leaves you wondering why the hell you’re wandering down Fifth Ave instead of the British countryside.

I’ve always admired Barbour because of what they stand for — tradition, quality and gaunt British men — and the pictured International and Shaped Liddesdale jackets are not only impeccably crafted and stunning but as warm as can be. I think I may have to plan apple picking excursions or put aside time for nonchalantly strolling around Central Park just so others can witness their glory.

Photography courtesy Rebecca Plaine

Another fall staple is footwear. We may not have to deal with the sleet and slush that the harbinger of ill will brings (cough, winter, cough) but you do want a tall shaft on your boots that will protect you from the elements. A comfortable sole that will allow you to walk far and thoroughly enjoy the fleeting weather wouldn’t hurt either.

I’m partial to these Zoubaby monogrammed rainboots not only because of their classic equestrian silhouette and my intense love of monogramming, but they’re dependable and comfortable as well. Even better, you don’t have to worry about your friends trying to borrow them from you.

Another comfortable, fall friendly boot is Croc’s equestrian suede boot. Yup I said it – Croc’s. As you can see from the photo they’re pretty darn adorable, and I can walk for miles and miles in these puppies without fear of blisters or wear and tear on my feet. For city slickers or even country bumpkins who plan on loitering the streets or fields, these boots are for you.

Photography courtesy Rebecca Plaine

Fall wouldn’t be complete without the dresses that not only span seasons, but also easily translate from chilly to cold weather with the addition of tights. I’m kind of obsessed with Shabbyapple’s take on an equestrian style dress, and thanks to its silk construction and pleating on the rear it has a Downton Abbey feel. This is also a must-have for hourglass shaped girls out there, I rarely find clothes that actually cater to my dysfunctional body type (size 4 waist, 8 on the hips) and this is already tailored like a dream.

Bring it on fall; we’re more than ready for you.

Originally published September 2012
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