Here in the UK the temperature can vary greatly day to day, particularly in Spring time. April can give you sunburn, snow, wind and rain all within a week! It can present challenges on the outfit front. We’ve all dressed warmly for a chilly morning, only to find the sun come out and then we are boiling. Or we’ve been tricked by a few warm days so we head out in a t-shirt to find an icy wind has picked up.
So as well as the constant weather check and deliberating which rug to put on, we are also not sure what to wear ourselves!
Preparation is key, our horses may get some naked days, the fly rug might make an appearance, or they may still need mediums with necks. It’s definitely not quite time to put away the waterproofs and fleeces, but we need to dig out the t-shirts too. Layers are the key!
As the blue skies start to appear it’s nice to add a splash of colour to your (or your horses!) wardrobe. Navy and grey and firm favourites but teamed with a pastel pink or yellow and you will be tuning into those spring vibes. We’ve got some great new t-shirts from Kingsland, the Agda t-shirt in Mustard is a soft cotton fabric, or the Ariana t-shirt in Blue China, a vibrant shade in a soft, technical fabric. Or if you want to be bright then the HV Polo Sandy top in Coral is going to look great in the sunshine.
I personally prefer to ride in fleeces with a full-length zip. That way if you’re riding and the sun comes out, you can take it off easily while still on board. The new Agnes fleece from Kingsland is a lightweight fleece, great as an under layer or perfect when it’s starting to get warmer. The HV Polo Felice fleece jacket in grey is also ideal spring. Choose fleeces with zip-up pockets as they are handy to keep your phone, keys or horse treats safe.
Gilets are also a great addition to the spring wardrobe. They are ideal for riding in because they keep your body warm, but you won’t overheat as you get going and they aren’t restrictive. Our new Deorsa body warmer is a favourite of mine. Classic navy in colour so it will go with everything, but it’s got sequins on the zip line and a flattering panel style on the front. Functional, but stylish, which is my favourite type of rider wear! They are also great over a long sleeve training top. Especially if you are riding in the morning or the evening when the temperature is still a bit chilly. Our HV Polo training tops are popular, they are stretchy, technical fabrics that are light and breathable. The Kastel collection features UPF 30 protection fabric, so not only are they great base layers, when worn on their own they deliver protection to your skin! They come in a variety of colours so you can bold and bright or classic and muted, depending on your mood.
I also like to dress my horse in some brighter colours when the weather improves. PS of Sweden’s S/S20 collection has some gorgeous vibrant colours, the vanilla and cranberry are my favourites. Kingsland has continued their Vintage Violet colour into their horse wear, and the matching combination of the saddle pad and Klawock jacket is definitely a must-have look this season!
I ride in gloves religiously, and after a long winter, it’s nice to switch from my winter weights to the standard gloves. Roeck grips are my go-to for spring. This season I have ordered the Lona’s, which are the same as the Roeck grips, but they have contrasting colours on the piping. I live in my navy and silver pair. It’s not quite the wear for the light Laila’s yet, they are truly a summer glove. But you can switch to a standard weight glove now spring has arrived.
So to conclude, my key recommendations for a spring fashion are;
– Get layering. Keep your coats close by but get the t-shirts out too!
– Gilets and long sleeve training tops are perfect as the temperature gets milder.
– Be brave and add a splash of colour to your outfit.
– Don’t forget your horse! Add a touch of spring to their wardrobe and dress them in one of the latest spring colours.