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Burghley International Horse Trials: Style Etiquette

With every rural event there comes the call for heritage chic, a luxury we love to indulge ourselves in. The embodiment of everything British, country shows like Burghley International Horse Trials showcase shopping, gastronomy, a whole lot of tweed and of course equestrian sporting excellence. Taking place from the 3rd to the 6th of September, the four star event is one of only a handful of three day events across the globe, attracting a plethora of skilled riders which descend on Stamford every year hoping to earn the top placings. Spectators can expect to experience world-class performances across dressage, showjumping and cross-country spheres which test horse and rider to their limits offering thrills and spills amongst nail-biting competition. A guaranteed hit for equestrian fans and families alike, the event proves to offer something for all tastes: stroll the cross country course and join the crowds watching the riders take on the grueling course, listen to a talk from the equestrian celebrity elite, cheer on the dogs at the Defence Animal Centre Military Display or shop to update your heritage-inspired wardrobe.

Whilst jodhpur-clad riders rule the arenas and provide the base of equestrian-inspired pieces; equestrian influences of a rather more elegant nature have long been part of fashion history, particularly with British brands such as Burberry, Paul Smith, and of course Gucci, whose iconic horse-bit image is synonymous with the luxury brand. At Jules B, we live and breathe high-end luxury, with authentic heritage underpinning many of our much respected brands, with labels like Barbour and Cocoa Cashmere showcasing classic fabrics tweed and cashmere – countryside fashion favourites and sure to be seen gracing the best dressed at equestrian events this season.

A medley of luxe textures, this ensemble boasts indisputable equestrian appeal and the air of practical femininity that accompanies it. Heritage pros Barbour provide the classic wax jacket which is a staple in the wardrobe of any country dweller being a perfect balance of effortless enduring style and essential durability, whilst the design of their diamond-printed Chicara trousers echos the slim stretch fit and high waisted structure of jodhpurs for equestrian appeal within a contemporary rework. A requisite to snug luxury – the pure cashmere sweater is a fail-safe in both the practical and style stakes, sporting ultra-wearable colouring making seasonal layering effortless. And with their padded sole the Ash trainers are an essential for walking the fields of Burghley, enveloping your feet in premium comfort with the unbeatable edge of padded leather and buckle details doing all the work to finish this casual ensemble with subtle equestrian-inspired attitude.

If you prefer a more preppy and sartorial style, then this country-inspired rework we’ve put together is ideal for your rural pursuits. Sturdy leather boots boast durability and classic style for fail-safe foot protection, expertly complementing the colouring and skinny fit of the high-waisted black jeans which offset the loose fabric construction of the jacket and shirt. Underpinned by directional lines, heritage fabric and a sharp aesthetic; the partnering of the Isabel Marant tweed jacket and Duo shirt from Backstage is inspired by the tailored uniform of dressage whilst also giving a nod towards classic, time-honoured country styling.

The makers and breakers of any well-edited ensemble: accessories. Very weather-dependent and also dependent on whether you prefer minimalism or love to pile on the accessories. Either way, we’ve hand-picked a selection which are sure to be a hit at whichever country event you choose to attend this season.

A pashmina never fails to add class and subtle injection of colour to any outfit, regardless of the season, and are on the must-have list for all country ladies. Bridge the gap between waistband and shirt hem with an essential leather belt – an eternally equestrian-influenced item, enhanced only by an embellished buckle, which is the specialty of belting experts Nanni. And finish any slick ensemble with a set of aviators – forever cool on either gender and the perfect partner for a timeless aesthetic.

Please note: Boots may need to be traded for Hunter wellingtons and umbrellas are always in for September accessorising. 

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