The sun shone down on Badminton Horse Trials 2011, the riding event had kicked off and the shopping had commenced.
Practical riding attire has become every day fashion worn not just by the rural community but by the city folk too. From Barbour wax jackets to Hunter wellies these are all familiar brands that have become fashion must haves.
The stalls were endless and just showed that fashion was as important to this event as the trials. Girls wearing Dubarry and Ariat boots in the heat proved this point. Not just worn by the eventers for practical reasons but purely just for fashion and they looked great. The iconic Dubarry boot being the 'Galway', comprises of smooth and crushed leather and comes in three different colours with Gore-Tex lining. A pure classic.
The Dubarry stand was eye catching including a bar serving complimentary champagne for the customers. The girls assisting were dressed in Dubarry tweed jackets and boots looking immaculate. The shop was packed, women were not only trying on boots but the summer deck shoes on sale too. A Dubarry tweed jacket with jeans and deck shoes is a great look for the spring. http://www.dubarry.com/
Get the Look:
|black shorts, striped t-shirt, black tights and knee high boots with an over sized hand bag and big sunnies. Maybe a wax jacket if it gets a bit chilly.|
Shops included Brora for your cashmere, Dubarry, Ariat, Crew, Joules, Barbour, Hunter, James Lock hatters (founded in 1676), Cousins of Cheltenham, Gabriella Knight, Moloh, Simon Charles and Drakes bespoke country clothing.
Fashion must haves included wax jackets, gilets, tweed jackets, tweed skirts or shorts, Dubarry or Ariat boots, Cashmere jumpers or ponchos, cable jumpers, polo shirts, Hunter wellies, deck shoes by Dubarry or Hunter, Fur hats and bags, Barbour bags, jeans or jodhpurs, scarves and sunglasses.
I bought a tanned wax jacket for £35 made by Elveden Squire and a beautiful large black onyx ring from Love & Lilly for £18 http://www.loveandlilly.com/
Fur coats, hats, head bands and bags.
I am loving the faux fur headbands but they are definitely for the colder weather. I also fell in love with the brown and white satchel bag in the photo below.
The must have tweed jacket
Tailored tweed was found on most stands including Drakes, Cousins of Cheltenham, Moloh and Dubarry. The jacket below had a striking silk lining that you could button down to display.
James Lock hatters was founded in 1676 and is based in St. James Street SW1. If you are after a special Trilby or a Fedora then this is where to go. http://www.lockhatters.co.uk/
Trying on Panamas at John Halifax Hatters stand (Hatters based in Lovington, Somerset)
The Badminton Collection
The collection was made by Joules. It included polo shirts, jumpers and jackets with the Badminton logo and they had very smart mustard scarfs with horses printed onto them. The shop was packed as everyone wanted a fashion memento from the event.
I didn't want to leave the horse trials, the event was amazing. I would recommend it to anyone. It is a country retreat where you can do whatever you like, watching the horses thunder past while having a picnic, sit in the stands watching the jumping in the sunshine or browse the fashion stands. There is something for everyone and a little bit more. Girls go next year and check out the shops, you won't be disappointed.