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What to put on to Burghley Horse Trials


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  • A visit to Burghley has the potential for blazing sunshine, light showers and heavy downpours – this time of year can be hard to predict so, if you’re wondering what to wear to Burghley Horse Trials, your best bet is to prepare for all eventualities.

    Although achieving “country chic” is the main priority for many, it’s important to make sure you’re comfortable and well prepared to spend a day outdoors in order enjoy the action without a worry. Comfortable footwear is key – especially if you plan on walking the cross-country course – as is appropriate layering so that you can adjust your outfit to remain warm (or cool) and dry. If you can find a hat that suits you and complements your outfit, you’re really onto a winner because not only do hats keep off the showers, but they can really make an outfit, too.



    Here are some ideas of what to wear at Burghley Horse Trials – with some of our most desired options along with a slightly less pricey alternative.

    What to wear to Burghley: Footwear

    Although it might be nice to wear the beautiful suede boots you spent ages eyeing up, if there’s a chance of wet weather you’ll be better off in a harder wearing pair of leather country boots. If you prefer to wear something lighter and the weather is looking pleasant, deck shoes are a great alternative.

    Fairfax & Favor Explorer

    RRP: £450 |

    Waterproof for up to eight hours, these are Fairfax & Favor’s hardiest boots, yet they still tick all the boxes for ‘country chic’. They’ll keep your feet warm and dry, and have a memory foam comfort insole, too. Available in standard, narrow and sporting fit.

    View now at fairfaxandfavor.com

    If you're wondering what to wear to Burghley Horse Trials, you can’t go wrong with these stylish Shires Moretta Alessandra boots

    Shires Moretta Alessandra

    RRP: £155.99 |

    With plenty of practical style, these oiled leather boots are smart and flattering. The oiling gives a water-repellent finish and helps them to remain fast drying and flexible. They also have a waterproof lining and flexible, shock-absorbing insole.

    View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, equus.co.uk, sportsdirect.com or ebay.co.uk

    Dubarry Galway

    Dubarry Galway

    RRP: £379 |

    Of all the beautiful Dubarry country boots, these are the most classic. They’re available in standard, slim fit and wide fit, and a wide range of colours. They’re made with ‘DryFast-DrySoft’ leather and have a Gore-Tex lining to keep your feet dry, and have shock-absorbing insoles, too.

    View now at philipmorrisdirect.co.uk

    Mark Todd country boot MKII

    Mark Todd Country Boots MKII

    RRP: £154.99 |

    We’ve tested these Mark Todd boots and awarded them H&H Approved status. They’re waterproof, lightweight and comfortable, give good support and stand up well to regular wear. You can get cheaper country boots, but we think these are worth spending the extra money on.

    View now at amazon.co.uk or viovet.co.uk

    Chatham Deck G2 Boat Shoes

    Chatham Deck G2 Boat Shoes

    RRP: £115 |

    If the weather’s looking warm or you prefer lighter footwear, why not pick up a pair of boat shoes? These leather shoes have a cushioned and shock-absorbing sole, which is also anti-bacterial – great as you may want to wear them without socks.

    View now at amazon.co.uk or philipmorrisdirect.co.uk

    Skechers On-The-Go Flex

    Skechers On-The-Go Flex

    RRP: £60 |

    These colourful canvas boat shoes with a synthetic leather upper will keep your feet comfortable all day. They have an air-cooled insole and cushioned midsole. They’re machine washable, too, so if it is wetter than planned, you can stick them in the wash when you get home.

    View now at skechers.co.uk

    What to wear to Burghley: clothing

    If you’re wearing tall country boots, skinny jeans of some kind are an essential – whether you opt for classic denim, black, white or a touch of colour is up to you. On the top half layering is key – a patterned blouse is a classic country look, while a mid-layer or gilet can add colour and warmth. Early September calls for water protection over warmth, so a light jacket that you can pack into your bag is an ideal option.

    Ariat Premium High-Rise Skinny Jeans

    Ariat Premium High-Rise Skinny Jeans

    RRP: £115 |

    These medium-wash jeans from Ariat will work with anything you add to them.

    View now at ariat.com

    JDY high rise skinny jeans

    JDY High Rise Skinny Jeans

    RRP: £35 |

    Head to Asos for a great selection of skinny jeans for all budgets. This mid-wash pair from JDY are a great alternative to the Ariats above.

    View now at asos.com

    Ariat Woodside Quilted Gilet

    Ariat Woodside Quilted Gilet

    RRP: £110 |

    Available in navy, green and white, in addition to this lovely coral colour, this diamond quilted gilet has a recycled outer shell, recycled insulation and vegan leather pulls.

    View now at ariat.com

    Ariat Woodside Quilted Gilet

    Joules Minx Diamond Quilted Gilet

    RRP: £49.95 |

    Also available in a range of colours (caramel, navy, white, green or black), this gilet is fitted and flattering, making it a great addition to your outfit at any time of the year.

    View now at joules.com

    Barbour Safari Shirt

    Barbour Safari Shirt

    RRP: £64.95 |

    With a feminine, curved hem, this shirt is a great layering piece.

    View now at barbour.com

    Few items state “country chic” as the Rydale Wistow Shirt, which is an ideal choice for a day at Burghley Horse Trials

    Rydale Wistow Shirt

    RRP: £29.99 |

    This feminine shirt comes in a range of country prints, including flying ducks, pheasants, deer and hare.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Joules Snug Long Packable Showerproof Coat

    Joules Snug Long Packable Showerproof Coat

    RRP: £79.95 |

    This jacket is warm, water resistant and packs away into a small pouch, which makes it perfect for stowing away when the sun comes out.

    View now at joules.com

    Amazon Essentials Packable Puffer Coat

    Amazon Essentials Packable Puffer Coat

    RRP: £25 |

    Available in a wide range of colours, this coat is water resistant and packs into a small bag.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    What to wear to Burghley Horse Trials: hats and accessories

    Finishing your outfit with a fedora will top off your country look. Totally gorgeous, but also handy if there’s a bit of rain and you’re out and about in the Burghley grounds. A cute bag to carry drinks, snacks and smaller purchases is also a must.

    Hicks & Brown Suffolk Fedora would be an ideal choice to wear at Burghley

    Hicks & Brown Suffolk Fedora

    RRP: From £89 |

    With a selection of gorgeous colours, bands and feathers to choose from, these fedoras will really catch the eye.

    View now at hicksandbrown.com or ebay.co.uk

    The Hat Company Coloured Fedora

    The Hat Company Coloured Fedora

    RRP: £25 |

    Still smart and available in a choice of colours, these hats will add a pop of colour to your outfit.

    View now at amazon.co.uk

    Fairfax & Favor Fitzwilliam Saddle Bag

    Fairfax & Favor Fitzwilliam Saddle Bag

    RRP: £295 |

    This beautiful bag is perfect for storing your phone (for great cross-country pics) and purse (for easy access at your favourite tradestands).

    View now at philipmorrisdirect.co.uk

    Afkomst Cross Body Bag

    Afkomst Cross Body Bag

    RRP: £29.99 |

    This bag can be worn across the body or over the shoulder.

    View now at amazon.co.uk


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