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Fashion Fashionable denizens of the stable have a special challenge in winter: to stay clean, warm, and dry in style. A beautiful BARN JACKET is worth its weight in gold, and that is when we turn to functional fabrics— quilted nylon, corduroy, and waxed cotton—in styles suitable for the saddle and beyond. BY MOLLY KNOTT

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o the uninitiated, quilted nylon, corduroy, and waxed cotton may not sound like luxury fabrics, but as equestrians we know these traditional workhorse staples of winter outerwear have an allure all their own. Recently, it seems, our secret is getting out. In recent years, the chic appeal of the sporting life has become a favorite look amongst fashion trendsetters. A certain stylish princess is often photographed strolling in her Barbour jacket, and Kate Moss, ever the iconoclast, never does the Glastonbury rock festival without her Hunter boots. A beautiful barn jacket has two key components: functional textiles and a flattering fit that is appropriate for the stable. Quilted nylon provides highly wearable insulation with its

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The Moredalecheck Quilted Jacket, from British favorite Joules, is a classic quilted hacking jacket in a dashing country plaid.

smooth face and lightweight loft, while waxed cotton, originally developed for the Scottish sailing industry, is a traditional choice when warmth and waterproofing are required. Touches of corduroy and leather add softness and durability to the collar or maybe an elbow patch. In terms of fit, silhouettes have become more tapered, creating both a fashionable appearance to the barn jacket as well as better range of motion while working or riding. Belted looks are in abundance this year, and I also favor back venting, which flatters and accommodates the hips in (and out of) the saddle. A most traditional choice is the iconic Barbour Liddesdale jacket, made modern with a feminine floral-print lining—a perfect choice for trail or town. The Dunburry, from the Barbour Gold Label collection, steps Continued on page 24


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