You could say “fashion blogging” is not my thing. I don’t own 100 pairs of TS, Le Fash, and technical shirts. I don’t have a pair of Parlanti Boots. However, I like to think that we can make riding affordable and still look good without spending $600 on breeches and shirts. So, today I picked a color theme (one of my favorite colors), and I came up with this set. The first thing I am featuring is the awesome Aqual/Teal shirt. It is actually a technical runners shirt from R-Gear. You can find a plethora of fun, inexpensive runners shirts to ride in at your local Target, Walmart, Ross, etc. After I found this shirt, I immediately thought of a pair of Smartpak’s Piper breeches that I have been eye-balling. These pipers are a flattering, dark color with pops of Aqual/Teal in the seaming, pockets, and belt loops. I think Pipers are a fun way of adding color without losing elegance and your true self. Next, I decided to pair this outfit with a white belt. I thought the white would off-set all the Aqua/Teal colors we have, and I thought it would be a good pop of a different color. I chose C4 belts because they are fun, eco-friendly, inexpensive, and customizable! I put a teal belt buckle on this particular belt, but you could have easily added a pink or black buckle. The possibilities with C4 are so much fun. They also donate to charity, and these belts LAST.
The last two things on this set are the “mandatory” things for riding. I’m going to guess that if you are reading this as a rider, you already have a helmet and a pair of tall boots. These tall boots could easily be swapped out for paddock boots and half chaps. I chose the OneK helmet simply because that is what I wear every ride. I love my OneK, and I will shamelessly brag on it throughout this blog. It’s well ventilated, fits well, and has an interchangeable liner. The best part is that it’s affordable. I also added a pair of boots that I have been lusting over for schooling. These are CHEAP! I mean seriously cheap (unfortunately they don’t have my size right now). They are Tuffrider Sport Dress Tall boots. A poster on COTH has dubbed them “Parwanties”. They resemble a Parlanti from afar, and I think they are very sharp. I have heard of a few problems about them running large in the foot (FWI). However, most of the people that I have talked to that own these love them. They are $100 so you can’t expect them to hold up forever, but they would make a sharp and fun schooling boot.
Here is a breakdown of what is included in this set, the prices, and where you can find them!
1. R-Gear Runner’s High Long Sleeve in Sea Breeze – $24.95
2. Smartpak Pipers in Navy/Emerald – $79.95*
3. C4 Belt – $29.99*
4. OneK Defender Helmet – Black Suede – $233 (can be found at numerous tack stores!)
5. Tuffrider Sport Dress Boots – $100
*These items can easily be found on sale pretty often. Smartpak loves to do 20% off on Pipers every few months. C4 generally has a sale of the week, and they often have specials on Holidays. You can also get 10% off going through a C4 ambassador.