Badminton Horse Trials is a real family day out or full weekend away that everyone can enjoy. It’s not just a case of watching the top class horses and riders compete in the nail biting 3 stages, there’s a shopping village, a Shetland Grand National, a Stallion Parade and much more to keep everybody entertained. For more information on Badminton and what the event has to offer click here.
Badminton offers 5 days of equestrian entertainment and whether you are going for the full 5 days or simply taking a day trip, here at Naylors we have a run down of some of our favourite pieces of clothing ensuring you look the part!
Get that country look
Begin your country look with a beautiful cotton shirt that’s easy to wear yet certainly looks the part. A cotton shirt is perfect for layering under a jumper if it is a chilly May day yet looks fabulous on its own tucked into jeans with a jacket over your shoulder. The Jack Murphy Anna Shirt comes in 2 gorgeous prints and features ¾ sleeves and a flattering feminine fit.
A Tweed jacket is a must for any country outfit and the Dubarry Birch Hacking Jacket oozes country elegance. The Birch Hacking Jacket features contrasting elbow patches, flap pockets and those typical Dubarry finishing touches that really make any Dubarry jacket stand out from the crowd.
Fingers crossed we get a lovely Spring weekend for Badminton but knowing how unpredictable the British weather can be sometimes it is best to plan ahead with a waterproof outer layer. The Barbour Ladies Durham Waterproof Jacket is a cagoule style jacket that is both waterproof and breathable making it ideal to throw on during those Spring showers. For that more traditional country look the Barbour Ladies Abrosa Wax Jacket features a pretty British Waterways print lining and the traditional Barbour relaxed fit. The Abrosa Wax Jacket may not keep you dry during a torrential rain storm but the waxed cotton outer is sure to keep any spring showers at bay.
Whether you plan on walking the cross country course or simply spending the day browsing the shops and stalls in the shopping village, a good pair of country boots are just what you need. Dubarry Galways are iconic country boots that are perfect for a day out at Badminton. The Dubarry Galways will keep your feet dry and comfortable all day long whilst definitely looking the part.
The country look is great for teaming with your favorite pair of jeans or trousers. Why not finish off the look with a casual country scarf like the Barbour Ladies Bridle Scarf or the Joules Ladies Wensley Scarf. The Jack Murphy Jute Shopping Bag is perfect for holding all your daily essentials and shopping and Dubarry leather bags are ideal for keeping your valuables safe.
Get that equestrian look
A Joules Polo is the perfect start to an equestrian outfit. Not only does it look great but it’s practical and comfortable too. Joules polo’s are a staple look of any equestrian outfit and look the part walking the cross country, browsing round the shopping village and sitting in the stands watching the nail biting show jumping. The Joules Beaufort Polo comes in 4 great colours that will add a splash of colour to your outfit. The Joules polo looks fantastic with jeans, trousers or breeches.
As much as we are hoping for a lovely weekend of weather for Badminton, the British weather is not guaranteed to cooperate. Layering is a great way to keep warm particularly on those chilly May mornings. The Joules Mary King Gilet teams perfectly with the Joules Mary King Sweater to produce a cosy and stylish look without the bulk of a heavy coat. A zip sweater like the Mary King Sweater is ideal as you can unzip as the weather starts to warm and tie round your waist or throw over the shoulder when the sun comes out (fingers crossed for some sunshine!).
Speaking of unpredictable weather, a waterproof layer is a must for Badminton. The Joules Weatherall 3 in 1 offers a zip out gilet making it the best of 3 worlds.; the gilet can be zipped out of the jacket meaning you can wear it alone if it is warm, it can be worn underneath the waterproof coat if it is a cold and damp day or can simply be left at home if you just want a lightweight waterproof coat with no inner filling.
Le Chameau Wellies are the wellies to be seen in at Badminton. The Le Chameau Country Lady Wellies are our favourites particularly in the gorgeous Marine Blue. Le Chameau wellies are practical and comfortable wellies that will not let you down during a full day or weekend of walking around Badminton. They offer a comfortable jersey lining to ensure feet stay comfortable and an all terrain grip sole (great if it rains and gets a bit slippy underfoot). The Country Lady wellies have been specially designed for ladies and offer a flattering fit to the calf and a decorative side buckle.
Why not finish your equestrian look of with the Joules Badminton Jute Bag, afterall you are going to need something to carry all your shopping and souvenirs in! The Jute Bag is a great size with durable webbing handles and really makes a statement with the vintage style Badminton branding to the outside.
Get the Badminton look at Naylors
We hope our guide of what to wear helps to plan your outfit for your trip to Badminton this year. Here at Naylors we have a wide range of both equestrian and country clothing and footwear so you are sure to find something to suit your fancy.
What did you wear last time you went to Badminton? What essential piece of clothing would you not be without when visiting Badminton?