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Our style guide to help you decide what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials in 2018…

Yes, it is nearly that time of year again! The British Summer Social Season is almost upon us and what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials is something that plays on everyone’s mind before attending this famous equestrian event in May.

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is a popular occasion on our British Summer Social Season Guide. It is set to be one of the main highlights of The Season again in 2018. It attracts some of the best event riders in the world and provides a great day out for spectators.

Aside from the sporting action, the event also offers a wonderful opportunity to escape to the British countryside. You can browse the vast shopping village, arts and crafts displays and enjoy delicious cuisine.

Badminton Horse Trials

Badminton Horse Trials

Our coverage of the event always proves tremendously popular. Many of our readers are keen to make a debut visit to Badminton this year. We are always inundated with questions about how to dress appropriately for such an occasion and people want to know what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials.

In short, there is no official dress code. It is best to embrace a stylish country look. Think tweeds, layers to stay warm, smart tailoring and comfort because you are likely to be on your feet all day. Some people will dress really casual and wear a simple pullover and jeans. However, others use the occasion to embrace some of the fashionable pieces that are available from the likes of Barbour, Holland Cooper, Hunter Boots, Burberry, and Dubarry.

The weather can vary and some years it can be really warm. At other times there has been heavy rain throughout. So, when you are thinking about what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials, you also need to keep a close eye on the weather forecast.

This comfort, style and warmth when deciding what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials

Think comfort, style and warmth when deciding what to wear at Badminton Horse Trials

Whatever your individual style, there are some fundamental and simple tips that you should keep in mind for what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials. Just follow our key pointers below for guidance…

Tip 1

Ladies, leave the stilettos at home

This is more of a rule than a tip. Whilst the racing and polo may look more kindly on such glamourous footwear, you would certainly look out of place turning up to Badminton in your Louboutins. It’s all about flats and by that we do not mean ballet pumps. Think chunky soles as seen on equestrian-inspired boots. A pair of Hunter wellies will work well and you will see plenty of Dubarrys. If the sun is shining, deck shoes can provide a lighter alternative.

What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials: Dubarry Boots are a popular choice

Dubarry Boots are a popular choice of footwear

Tip 2

It’s all about layers

Although the forthcoming May Bank Holiday indicates that summer is well on its way, the changeable weather conditions mean you should prepare for all seasons. You can’t go wrong with a pair of jeans and an elegant vest top. However, make sure you also have a warm cardi for a blustery day. A light mac will come in handy should the clouds turn black. Avoid taking an umbrella to an equestrian event as this often resembles an alien to the horses!

What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials: Burberry has a great range of trench coats

Take inspiration from Burberry – the brand known for trench coats

Tip 3

Tweed is in

Whilst it may only have a slight flirtation with the London catwalks each season, tweed is certainly the most fashionable texture in the Cotswolds. A classic cut hunting jacket, such as those seen in the Ralph Lauren collections, will guarantee you look chic among the crowd. This J.Crew wool blazer with a trim also caught our eye recently. It is available at NET-A-PORTER now.

J Crew

J.Crew wool-tweed blazer

Tip 4

Accessorise with a spacious bag

When you visit Badminton you are likely to leave your car in the morning and not return until dusk. Therefore, a large handbag is a must for carrying all of your daytime essentials.

Bag: New season Mulberry

Bag: New season Mulberry

Tip 5

Minimal makeup

When you arrive at the grand Gloucestershire estate you are likely to be spellbound by its natural beauty. Use this as your inspiration for makeup. Apply a light tinted moisturiser, one coat of mascara and a dusting of blusher. You should go for a classic English rose look.

Opt for natural makeup

Opt for natural makeup

 

The Badminton Horse Trials Lookbook

If you need some inspiration of how to put your outfit together, take a look at our Badminton Horse Trials Lookbook. This will gives you some ideas for what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials in 2018:

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials: NET-A-PORTER

NET-A-PORTER

Dubarry

Holland Cooper

Holland Cooper

Belstaff

Belstaff

The Barbour for him

Barbour for him

Barbour for her

Barbour

Belstaff

Belstaff

Vintage Burberry

Vintage Burberry

Beretta

Beretta

Gucci

Gucci

Belstaff

Belstaff

D&G

D&G

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