What you wear to Badminton largely depends on the weather. Over the years, this has swung from one extreme to the other – 2011 was an absolute scorcher compared to last year’s where it was a little on the chilly side.
While there is an element of choosing clothing which is practical for a day out, there’s still plenty of opportunity to make a style statement.
Footwear is all important. Let’s be honest, you’re going to be on your feet for most of the day, whichever day you go, and nobody wants to go home with blisters.
One of our favourite brands is the Spanish Boot Company. Whether it is a pair of their Valverde Jodhpur Boots or a pair of the long Spanish Riding Boots not only will you stand out thanks to their fabulous range of colours, but you’ll be comfortable for the entire day. You can check out their range of boots at www.thespanishbootcompany.co.uk.
Ariat (Stand 264, Beaufort Way) is the go-to brand for stylish country footwear whatever the weather. The brand offers a wide range of on-trend and practical footwear, from tall boots – such as the Kendal H20 which are perfect for when the going is good to soft – to the Portland – a perfect example of a stylish yet practical every day country shoe which is most suited when the going is good. Our go to boot is the Grasmere H20 Boots. Not only are they stylish but supportive and comfortable – essential when you are on your feet all day.
Unless you are Pippa Funnell or Oliver Townend, I think it is safe to leave the riding kit at home. Take a leaf out of the elegant outfits chosen by the riders for the trot up. There are a wide range of choices for stylish jeans, chinos and trousers, and a smart shirt and jumper will keep you stylish and warm if the weather is on the colder side, as is a blazer or jacket. Again, there are plenty of brands to choose from including Crew Clothing (Stand 51, Swnagrove Street), Brocklehursts (Stand 77, Deer Park Drive), Elm of Burford (Stand 163, Swangrove Street), Joshua Jones (Stand 215, Severn Mile Street) and The Really Wild Clothing Company (Stand 192, Deer Park Drive).
One of the most practical brands to wear comes from Musto, and Peter Stunt (Stand 19. Worcester Way) has one of the largest collections of its clothing at Badminton.
And given the British weather over the last few weeks has provided us with hail, snow, wind and rain, it’s always best to come prepared with full on waterproofs just in case!
Sunday is the day when spectators, and riders, are at their most stylish. Our favourite brand of the moment is Timothy Foxx, as sported by Gemma Tattersall. When it comes to looking ‘Foxxy’ this this company know how to look stylish. Whether you choose one of their fabulous tweed coats – such as the Catherine – or tweed wraps you are bound to be well ahead in the fashion stakes. And if the weather gets really cold, we recommend a pair of their Tweed Earwarmers. Eventing Worldwide is giving you the opportunity to win two pairs of these in our latest competition – find out how here https://www.eventingworldwide.com/the-trot-up/foxx-y-ladies-win-win-win-with-timothy-foxx/. You can find Timothy Foxx at stand 236 on Hinnegar Way.
You definitely won’t want to carry anything to heavy around with you all day, but you still need something to carry all the essentials. Whilst Dubarry is well known for its range of country boots, it also has a range of fantastic handbags, such as the Dubarry Dalkey Ladies handbag or the Newgrange Shoulder Bag. Definitely worth taking a look at what they have to offer (Stand 228 on Withybed Way).
So there you have it. Our guide to what to wear at Badminton.