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The Handsome Horse style guide

If you’re in a bit of a pickle over what to put with what, here are a few tips to help you with your style. There are always exceptions to the rule, but this might give you some ideas and something to base your next new outfit from.

HUNTER

You can wear plain or simple pattern shirt as long as it goes with the tweed. If you  have a striped shirt, go with a spot tie or wide stripe.

Avoid similar patterns of the same size e.g. narrow stripe shirt and narrow stripe tie or small spot shirt with small spot tie.

Keep your tie plain or a simple pattern and preferably no diamante's. Stripes and spots are quite OK together.

Try not to use too many different colours all together. Just because your tweed may have lots of different colours doesn't mean you need to use them all in your shirt tie waistcoat combination.

Good combinations:

Plain shirt with stripe tie.Try keeping one of the colours in the tie matching the waistcoat, and waistcoat matching helmet or velvet trim.

Plain shirt with plain tie and the waistcoat matching helmet or velvet

trim.

Stripe shirt with small or large spot tie. Use a tie that has preferably the same colour in it as the shirt and the other colour same colour as waistcoat.

Stripe shirt and plain tie. Pick up colour in the shirt for the tie and use a waistcoat that matches helmet colour or velvet trim.

If you wear a navy helmet and have navy velvet trim on coat, go navy waistcoat as it ties in nicely with the velvet.  A navy waist coat helps tie in a navy helmet if your jacket has no velvet on the collar

When you don't have a navy helmet and your feeling all too "brown" with everything, try adding a navy or quite a dark or contrasting colour waistcoat.

Don't forget your accessories!

A flower lapel pin that matches your waistcoat colour looks the part.

Nice tidy collars are a must, so try a collar clip, they are that little bit of something that is an understated piece of jewellery, no need for anything else! Less is MORE!

Unless of course you’re wearing a stock or ruffle bib, a simple pin or cameo brooch will top them off perfectly.

SHOW

You can wear plain or simple pattern shirt and match with your browband colours. If you have a striped shirt, go with a spot tie or wide stripe. Avoid similar patterns of the same size e.g. narrow stripe shirt and narrow stripe tie or small spot shirt with small spot tie.

Keep your tie plain or a simple pattern and if you like a little bling go for it (within reason). Stripes and spots are quite OK together. Stripes and some gingham checks are also good sometimes. Try not to use too many different colours all together.

Good combinations:

Plain shirt with stripe tie. Try keeping one of the colours in the tie matching the waistcoat.

Plain shirt with plain tie and waistcoat.

Stripe shirt with small or large spot . Choose a tie that has preferably the same colours in it as the shirt and the other colour same colour as waistcoat.

Stripe shirt and plain tie.  Same colour tie as the shirt, with waistcoat colour that is picked from your coat.

If you choose a waistcoat colour that is different to your shirt, use a tie that is a colour picked from  your coat.

Just because your browband may have lots of different colours doesn't mean you need to use them all in your shirt tie waistcoat combination.

Don't forget your accessories!

A flower lapel pin that matches your waistcoat colour looks the part.

Nice tidy collars are a must, so try a collar clip. They are that little bit of something that is an understated piece of jewellery-  no need for anything else! Less is MORE!

Unless of course if your wearing a stock or ruffle bib, a simple pin or cameo brooch will top them off perfectly.