During my senior year of high school I had the distinct honor of playing Sally Cato in the spring show, Mame. The role came with the pivotal and plot-twisting musical number in which I sang the line “Giddy-up, Lightening Rod” to my invisible horse for two whole minutes, in about a dozen different octaves, while a crowd of 300 wondered why I didn’t wear nude undergarments and why I was holding my whip upside-down. I still pray to this day no one has footage of that scene to hold over my head when E! News profiles my True Hollywood Story in ten years, but one plus that Sally Cato brought to my dignity was an edge-up on the current equestrian trend taking this fall season by storm.
Everything from riding helmets to horse patterned sweaters made their way down the catwalk this past season making it evident that equestrian was being translated into pieces from head-to-toe. Yet, since a stallion graphic knit can seem a little My Little Pony-ish and a riding helmet will probably get some “Halloween was last month” reactions, a riding boot is the perfect compromise to stay on trend.
Frye boots are notorious for being the best in the industry. My favorites this season are the Jet Boot Riding and the lace-up Melissa Riding Tall. Both can be worn for everyday classes paired with a dark jean or legging for days you need an added stretch. If you’re looking for a more price-friendly option that’s still an investment for seasons to comes, I’ve been wildly impressed by Madewell's Archive Boot in English Saddle.
Although I’m sure my “Lightening Rod” experience will come back in the form of blackmail at some point in my life, at least I will have my equestrian-themed pieces from this season to console me through the humiliation.