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Warm Up

Winter has just begun and we are facing some of the coldest weeks of the year, brrrr! One thing is for sure, no matter the weather or temperature my horse still needs to be ridden and worked everyday. When the mercury dips and the wind howls I reach for my winter breeches and bundle up. My trusty winter breeches from Kerrits and Irideon help keep me extra warm in the saddle.

I bought my first pair of Irideon Wind Pro Riding Breeches last winter and have worn them like crazy, adding two more pairs along the way. They are the riding equivalent of your favorite soft, fleecey sweatpants. Stretchy, wind and mud resistant outer give way to a cozy Polartec fleece inside. Thick and warm without being overly bulky, you will wear them to ride in as well as work in the barn. Available online at EquestrianCollections.com.

Kerrits Sit Tight N Warm Breeches are the newest addition to my winter riding wardrobe and let me tell you, it was love at first wear. They are also insulated with soft, plush fleece and feature a wind resistant outer that will protect you when frosty weather strikes. The flat, wide elastic waistband is comfortable and flattering (while holding you in, in all the right places). Available online at Kerrits.com.

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Case Closed

Case Closed. Enough Said. Shut The Door. These i-phone cases from Iomoi are the coolest i-phone cases on the market hands down! Their clever, whimsical patterns and colors make them eye-popping and oh so chic. Your phone has never had it so good! The only problem is picking which one to buy! I am thinking of ordering one for each day of the week. They are perfect for giving or getting and should definitely have a spot on your Christmas Shopping and Wish Lists. Available personalized for $58 online at Iomoi.

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Faux Real

The Hermes Birkin is an iconic fashion symbol of luxury, style and elegance (ignore the fact that the Kardashians insist on carrying them around, it’s not the Birkin’s fault). I have always wanted my own Birkin bag but their steep price is slightly out of reach so I will happily settle for this trompe l’oeil version from Resort Chic. It’s cute, clever design adds a bit of style to a utilitarian canvas tote that can be used to carry everything from snacks to books to horse show gear. Plus, it would make a great gift for the fashionistas in your life. Available for $150 at ResortChic.com.

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An Extra Inch – Stylish Boots For Wider Calves

“Dear Clotheshorse, I am loving all the fall knee-high boots this season but have a hard time finding a pair that will fit my calves. Are there any stylish boots out there for gals like me with wider calves?”

The above question was recently posed to me and I can sympathize since years of riding have left me with muscular calves that don’t always fit in tight, zip up, knee-high boots. After doing some extensive research I was able to find a treasure trove of stylish boots that come in wider calf widths, whether you need a little extra room or a lot there are great options out there.

Your first stop should be WideWidths.com, where every boot on their site comes in wide calf sizes. Ask and you shall receive via the internet, it truly has it all. WideWidths.com has a great selection of flat, high-heel, knee-high, over the knee, dressy and casual boots. A one stop shop! Many of the boots come in a variety of calf widths so take a soft tape measure and measure the widest part of your calf on both legs in order to determine which size will work best for you.

Ross Hommerson Over The Knee Boots:

Ross Hommerson Faith Flat Boots:

Naturalizer also has a great selection of boots that come in wider widths. Known for their extreme comfort these boots blend great fit, comfort and style seamlessly. Many styles are also on sale on their website Naturalizer.com.

Love these mid-heel boots with cute lace up detail. Wear dressy with tights and dresses or wear over skinny jeans with a silk camp shirt.

A tough motorcycle inspired flat boot that will work well with leggings, skinny jeans and a cozy cashmere sweater. Plus, they look just like a pair from Cole Haan but available in a wider calf width.

How adorable are these gray suede boots with sweater knit detail? I am so buying these.

You can’t do a footwear post without mentioning Zappos and they also have a nice selection of boots with wider calves. Click this link to see their selection or go to Zappos.com and search for wide calf boots.

Pyramid studs make these brown boots anything but basic.

A simple, elegant suede high-heel boot is a must-have for any winter wardrobe.

Wider calf riding boots can also be a challenge to find but SmartPak carries Fuller Fillies boots that come in a broader range of calf widths. Great for riding, showing or wearing out to dinner.

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Five For Five – Fossil

My mailbox is filling up fast and furious with holiday catalogs and I have a duty to flip through each one. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my brother and I would fight over the huge Sears toy catalog and return it to my mom with dozens of dog-eared pages in hopes she would pass the hint on to Santa. Now, I still dog-ear pages but instead pass them on to my husband in hopes of helping him with his holiday shopping. One such catalog that is is now worse for the wear is the current Fossil catalog. It is full of casual, cozy, rustic-chic pieces that will pair easily with jeans and tees. Great everyday wear that will guide you through the day in laid-back style. Here is the link to the online version of the catalog and each piece is available for purchase online at Fossil.com.

My five favorite pieces:

Better start with the shoes, my achilles heel. Seriously love these rustic boots, can’t you just see them worn with skinny dark jeans and a cozy, chunky marshmallow-colored sweater curled up by a roaring fire sipping hot chocolate.

This charcoal flannel bootie will dress up jeans and tees while running errands as well as look great paired with dark tights and a sweater dress. I love the vintage silhouette, turned up toes and stacked wooden heel.

Ahh The Mackenzie… the perfect cozy, grandpa-inspired chunky cable knit cardy. What else is there to say? A true must-have that you will reach for time and time again. Go ahead buy it in all colors, you will thank yourself later.

The Cameron Jacket is an absolute must-have barn piece, a puffer vest/jacket hybrid that comes off looking feminine and fashionable (two words not usually associated with a puffer vest). Layer over a long turtleneck or striped tee with jeans and boots. It will help keep you warm during changing fall weather.

The piece de resistance! Channel Amelia Earhart with this leather and shearling aviation inspired jacket in crisp, snow white.ย Rich leather and warm shearling is the perfect combination to combat a chilly day.

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Covetable Collection

Every season I browse through the latest styles from many of the designers I used to carry in my store, imagining which pieces I would have bought for my customers. Nanette Lepore by far is one of my absolute favorite lines and this season is chock full of amazing must-have pieces that look current and modern with a touch of vintage charm that will have true staying power. Each piece is truly an investment that can be worn again and again. This collection seriously has me missing buying at wholesale! All pieces available online at NanetteLepore.com.

Vine Talk Dress: Bohemian flare and elegant ease, pair now with high-heeled loafers and wear later with patterned tights and boots. It can even pitch hit at a casual holiday party.

Tasting Top: If separates are more your speed, try this top with skinny jeans and jeweled flats or skinny black tuxedo pants and dressy booties.

It’s never to early to start thinking about the holidays and these dresses are the cream of the crop, sure to make you the best dressed.

Nanette Lepore’s tailoring is unprecedented making her jackets and coats fit like a glove. The Napa Valley Coat in teal will add a punch when worn with your basic black and brown and the Riesling Coat’s rich tweed and fur collar will glamorize anything, even when worn to the gym over your workout clothes.

An amazing collection of dressy blouses that can be worn with everything from jeans to pencil skirts to tuxedo pants. Wear to work under a suit or out to a party with sparkly jewelry.

Two of the sexiest basic black skirts, wear with anything and everything and look amazing.

The perfect basic black dress, exceptionally made that will last forever. A true elegant workhorse with a chameleon-like quality. Change it’s entire look with a mix of different accessories, go casual with dark tights, booties and a scarf or wear with sky-high stilettos and a big statement necklace. It’s the perfect base to show off a fabulous range of accessories. Plus it looks like something Kate Middleton would have in her closet.

Love the mix of feminine and tough in this military-inspired sweater. I plan on wearing it with leggings and flat boots as well as to the barn with breeches and riding boots to keep me cozy during early morning, chilly riding lessons.

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Get Your Stripes On

A cold, crisp north wind has finally pushed away all memories of the hottest summer on record and put a spring in my step as well as a spring in my horses hooves! It’s time to dig out and dust off your coats and your horse blankets. I’ve had my eye on a Horseware Newmarket Fleece Dress Sheet for my horse and a Horseware Newmarket Fleece Jacket for me. The super-soft anti-pill fleece will be extra cozy for cool fall days as well as make a great base layer on really cold days. The preppy stripes in striking colors add a fashiony touch to traditional solid colors, giving your and your horse’s wardrobe a little zing.

Wear your fleece jacket with jeans or breeches and don’t forget to layer with a fur lined-hooded vest on colder days. Available in three colors at DoverSaddlery.com.

The Horseware Newmarket Fleece Dress Sheet is made from an anti-pill, double-bonded fleece which offers excellent thermal and wicking properties. Cross surcingles and two-surcingle front closures. Sizes 63″-87″ (3″ increments). Available in 4 colors at Shop.Horseware.com. On really cold winter days layer it with your horse’s thick winter blanket for an extra bit of warmth.

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