What To Wear To Burghley Horse Trials

by @CountryClassicLucinda

As we venture to Burghley House in Lincolnshire for the highly anticipated Burghley Horse Trials, we can expect to see nothing less than equestrian excellence as elite riders from around the world compete for the prestigious winning title. The 5* event, and one third of the Rolex Grand Slam, combines dressage, cross-country and showjumping over a number of days, promising to deliver all of the thrills and spills in this exciting competition.

Riders such as Zara Tindall, Rosalind Canter and FEI World Ranking #1 Tim Price are already lined up for this year’s event, with the very best horse and rider combinations competing for victory in this highest level of Eventing.

Spanning over 5 days, Burghley promises to be a ‘not to be missed’ event. Whatever day you attend, there will be something for everyone!


What to Wear to the Burghley Horse Trials

For the shopaholics amongst us, Burghley Horse Trials offers nothing less than an incredible shopping experience. From Equestrian clothing and saddleries to the very best in Country fashion, there is something for everyone. Joules will of course, have a stand within the shopping village, you can find them at stands B2, B4 & A36.

There is no set dress code when attending a Horse Trials – the great thing is you can go in whatever you feel comfortable in. Like with so many of these events now though, Country Fashion is at the forefront of more and more minds, and dressing for the occasion not only leaves you looking good, but feeling good too! The most important thing with any equestrian or Country event, is of course, practicality. There is nothing worse than getting caught out with shoes that are rubbing, or not enough layers!

Dressing for Burghley Horse Trials is the perfect opportunity to combine classic equestrian and Country style to create a practical, but stylish outfit. Equestrian fashion is characterised by its elegant, practical, and sophisticated elements, making it a great opportunity to invest in timeless pieces that will remain fashionable season after season. Earthy tones such as greens, browns and oranges can be used as the base colours for the outfit, incorporating tweeds and herringbone, reflecting a traditional Countryside aesthetic.


What to wear: a lady’s style guide

The Blazer

The perfect place to start is a fitted jacket or blazer. Opting for wool or tweed in neutral colours will effortlessly compliment any outfit, but also last in your wardrobe for many years to come. As we head out of August and into September, the weather has a tendency to change, and taking a blazer or jacket with you to Burghley will not only finish off your outfit beautifully, but will also be that extra layer should the weather be windy or rainy! The classic fabric and tailored silhouette of a tweed jacket/blazer encompasses classic equestrian style, with a polished country look. It can help to elevate any outfit, but remains an ever practical piece!


Think Layers

Layering is always a good idea for a Horse Trials, as this allows you to add or remove as required! Consider incorporating lightweight gilets, tank tops or raincoats into your outfit.

A white shirt is a great base for a Horse Trials outfit. A classic white shirt is elegant and traditional for Country styling, but also its simplicity allows a plain base to build the rest of your outfit from. Pair with a tailored blazer or jacket and simple black or white jeans and boots. A white shirt remains a wardrobe staple, but if you want to opt for a slight twist on the classic, why not consider a white or cream blouse, with an equestrian or Country print.

Jeans, skirts or shorts are all appropriate for Burghley Horse Trials, and it is best to consider the weather, as to which one to go for. Black and white jeans can be an easy base to build your outfit from, and ooze classic equestrian styling, whilst a tweed skirt is another option, creating a perfectly put together Country style.

Should the weather be a brighter and warmer one – a dress can always be a comfortable but stylish outfit idea. With anything from beautiful Country prints, to plain white dresses, confidence and sophistication oozes from this style of outfit. They can be teamed with tall boots and a tweed blazer for cooler days, or deck shoes or loafers for sunnier weather.


Don’t forget your footwear

When it comes to footwear, comfort and practicality is key! The weather and ground can be unpredictable, and it is always best to consider the conditions when it comes to footwear! Whether you opt for a pair of wellies, boots or deck shoes, the main thing is comfort! There is nothing worse than shoes rubbing, so if you have a new pair of shoes, make sure you break them in first and check they won’t rub as Burghley is a long day! Classic equestrian and Country styles nods towards a pair of suede or leather tall boots, which are not only timeless, but great investment pieces that will last in your wardrobe for many events to come.


Add accessories for a final touch

To complete your outfit, consider accessories which will add the finishing touch. A silk scarf, belt and fedora or flat cap are beautiful ways to elevate your outfit. Look for accessories with subtle nods towards equestrian theming, as a way to incorporate the event into your outfit. A comfortable shoulder bag is a good addition, especially if you are heading to Burghley on cross-country day! It is also a good idea to be prepared with both sunglasses and an umbrella – we don’t want to be caught out!


What to wear: a gentleman’s style guide

Similar to the ladies, a well-fitted tweed blazer is a great option for Burghley. Teamed with a classic fitted shirt and chinos or shorts creates a refined and polished look. Layering is just as important given the unpredictability of the weather!

Durable leather boots or deck shoes are a must-have for men attending the Burghley Horse Trials. Opting for classic brown or black will not only complement your Bughley outfit, but also stand the test of time in your wardrobe. Complete the look with a leather belt, and flat cap if required!

Burghley Horse Trials is sure to be a captivating event again this year, with star studded performances, and plenty to see and do! Step out in style embracing classic, investment pieces and embrace capturing the essence of equestrian style! Whatever day you are looking to attend – I hope you have an amazing time!


Look out for these new AW23 pieces, available for the first time exclusively at the Burghley Horse Trials.


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