How I Wear Equestrian Street Style for Any Season | Minus the Horse

Harmfreefashion models three vegan and thrifted street style outfits wearing the timeless equestrian style trend
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Equestrian style isn’t just for autumn, in fact, it might just be the ideal “trend” to wear this spring (and every spring 🌷). 

The most basic way to pull a little equestrian into your look is by simply adding a pair of riding boots. It doesn’t need to get any fancier than that as riding boots are so blatantly equestrian. And by sporting a rubber pair (such as the vegan equestrian boots by Fouganza that I’m modeling in two of the looks below) you can fare all those April showers in style ☔️.

If you’re looking to take your equestrian look a bit further, the color palette is also an important consideration. With earthy browns and mossy greens being popular for spring, why not use this opportunity to incorporate these grounded shades into an equestrian-style look. Here I show you how to wear riding boots with a mini skirt or tucked into dress pants and how to make a victorian-style equestrian look out of an oversized blazer and midi skirt.

Prince of Wales check blazer + Navy Slacks + Black Riding Boots

Harmfreefashion models vegan & thrifted fashion (oversized vintage blazer, teal rollneck, navy slacks, Stella McCartney camel Popper bag, black Fouganza riding boots & Persol rectangular frame sunglasses).

An oversized Prince of Wales check blazer worn casually over a blue-green turtleneck and navy trousers provides this equestrian look with an up-to-date feel. And tucking straight-leg dress pants into tall black riding boots gives a very on-trend baggy look. This outfit feels like something Princess Diana would have styled so effortlessly.

Harmfreefashion models vegan & thrifted fashion (oversized vintage blazer, teal rollneck, navy slacks, Stella McCartney camel Popper bag, black Fouganza riding boots & Persol rectangular frame sunglasses).

Other small details that help to add to the equestrian vibe of the outfit are a vintage gold horse necklace, gold belt buckle, and cognac saddle bag. If your clothing items don’t give you enough of a feel for a look, you can easily inject a particular vibe simply with the addition of selected accessories. To prove to you the power of accessories, give my other post a read where I show you How to Dress Girly, Sporty & Grungy Using Vegan Accessories.

Harmfreefashion models vegan & thrifted fashion (oversized vintage blazer, teal rollneck, navy slacks, Stella McCartney camel Popper bag, black Fouganza riding boots & Persol rectangular frame sunglasses).

– OUTFIT DETAILS –

RIDING BOOTS | Fouganza (similar by Will’s Vegan Store)

PURSE | Stella McCartney (current styles by Stella McCartney)

SUNGLASSES | Persol (current styles by Persol)

Fitted Blazer + Frilly Mini Skirt + Equestrian Boots

Harmfreefashion models vegan & thrifted fashion (fitted blazer, vintage ruffle blouse, Sans Beast lilac lobby bag, black Fouganza riding boots & Cole Haan D-frame sunglasses).

Equestrian style doesn’t necessarily mean strait-laced; in fact, feel free to add a little frill to your equestrian looks. Whether that’s in the form of a girly skirt or by way of a victorian-style ruffle blouse, they both complement a horse-inspired look as well as exude a playful childlike spirit.

Harmfreefashion models vegan & thrifted fashion (fitted blazer, vintage ruffle blouse, Sans Beast lilac lobby bag, black Fouganza riding boots & Cole Haan D-frame sunglasses).

In addition to radiating equestrian vibes, tall riding boots can also offer some skin coverage to balance out a thigh-gracing mini skirt. If this is still too much skin for you adding a pair of leggings or tights offers privacy as well as warmth.

A rich and earthy color palette is typical in equestrian fashion and by purposely keeping the tones minimalistic it lets the lilac purse pop against the neutral colors and lavender pairs so beautifully with chestnut and tobacco brown. Brown and lavender is an unexpected color combo that can be used to add some life to a neutral-toned look regardless of whether you’re dressing for spring or fall. If you’re at a loss for other colors to pair with brown see my How to Style Brown With Blue post where I show you three brown and blue looks as well as tips for other creative combinations.

Harmfreefashion models vegan & thrifted fashion (fitted blazer, vintage ruffle blouse, Sans Beast lilac lobby bag, black Fouganza riding boots & Cole Haan D-frame sunglasses).

– OUTFIT DETAILS –

RIDING BOOTS | Fouganza (similar by Will’s Vegan Store)

PURSE | Sans Beast (current styles by Sans Beast)

SUNGLASSES | Cole Haan (current styles by Cole Haan)

Oversized Checkered Blazer + Corduroy Midi Skirt + Ankle Boots

Harmfreefashion models vegan & thrifted fashion (oversized vintage blazer, corduroy midi skirt, Stella McCartney cognac Popper bag, black ankle boots & illesteva Palm Beach sunglasses).

Even without the assistance of riding boots, you can pull off some equestrian vibes. This look is more of a victorian interpretation of the style (sans the steampunk hat 🎩) that plays with proportions, colors, and textures. 

Harmfreefashion models vegan & thrifted fashion (oversized vintage blazer, corduroy midi skirt, Stella McCartney cognac Popper bag, black ankle boots & illesteva Palm Beach sunglasses).

A vintage caramel-colored midi skirt in Manchester cord gives some western ’70s vibes while adding texture, movement, and volume, while an oversized checked blazer in earth tones offers victorian-equestrian elegance when cinched at the waist with a vegan snakeskin belt.

One thing to be mindful of when working with oversized pieces is that they can easily overwhelm a petite frame. Using a belt to create the appearance of a Marilyn Monroe-esque hourglass figure adds definition to your waist and gives shape to a baggy outfit.

Choosing ankle boots rather than riding boots also helps to counterbalance the bulk of the blazer and skirt by drawing the eye to the slimmest portion of your leg.

Apply these quick and simple tips when styling voluminous or oversized items to help accentuate your physique.

For more styling tricks for petite women check out my Oversized Blazer tips for Petite Women post.

Harmfreefashion models vegan & thrifted fashion (oversized vintage blazer, corduroy midi skirt, Stella McCartney cognac Popper bag, black ankle boots & illesteva Palm Beach sunglasses).

– OUTFIT DETAILS –

ANKLE BOOTS | Nicora Johns (similar by Will’s Vegan Store)

BELT | Peta + Jain (current styles by Peta + Jain)

PURSE | Stella McCartney (current styles by Stella McCartney)

SUNGLASSES | Illesteva (current styles by Illesteva)

Final Thoughts

Equestrian-inspired looks are a recurring theme season after season making it worth investing in a quality pair of vegan riding boots or an equestrian-style blazer. I’ve shown three basic ways to embrace the style and if you’re seeking further inspiration, check out my post on How to Wear a Blazer with Jeans where I style an equestrian blazer with jeans and heels.

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Michelle Rothenburger

Michelle Rothenburger is a vegan fashion blogger whose work has been featured in such publications as Marie Claire, InStyle, Woman & Home, and Vilda. Find out more by reading Michelle’s full story (from bullied to fashion influencer) and feel free to send her a personal message.


All your must-have vegan accessories!

Thanks for reading my blog post until the end.

To me, no outfit is complete without some killer accessories, that’s why I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite vegan accessories below.

Some of the links are affiliate links, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I will earn a commission to help support my blog and keep it ad-free.

Combat Boots: You can’t go wrong with these killer black vegan leather combat boots from Viron World. I dedicated this entire post to them and also styled them in a grungy look and for winter.

White Lug-Sole Boots: If you’re looking for an awesome pair of chunky white boots then this pair from Venus is Vegan is a dream. As comfortable as they are chic, you’ll want to style them with everything. Use discount code HARMFREEFASHION20 to save 20% off all styles. I show you three ways to style them for winter and one way for spring.

White Chunky Sneakers: These white trainers from Humans are Vain have the perfect amount of chunkiness in addition to an unexpected splash of color. If you use the coupon code HARMFREEFASHION you’ll get 15% off. Here’s how I styled them with a layered outfit for spring, with mom denim shorts, and with winter layers.

White Low-top Sneakers: If you’re searching for the perfect classic white shoes then these beauties from BeFlamboyant are it. Discount code HARMFREEFASHION will save you 10% off. See how I styled them for winter and with a timeless trench coat.

Timeless Purses: My favorite brand for classic purses is Angela Roi. The styles are all super fashionable and made from a luxurious-looking pebbled vegan leather. I have their Barton mini bag in postbox red, which is sadly out of stock but all of their other styles are equally as cool and timeless.

Personally recommended purse brands: To see a detailed list of my favorite purse brands check out my Best of Vegan Handbags post.



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