Winter, even at the best of times, is cold. Throw in some storm force gales, pouring rain or — if you’re really lucky — some snow, and spending time outdoors with your horse doesn’t seem too appealing. However, a good jacket can make life much more bearable and if you look stylish at the same time, then even better. Here is a selection of the best ladies’ winter jackets on the market this season.
The classic Caldene Hardcastle wax jacket in chocolate is a real head-turner. The elegant vintage-style long jacket features exquisite tailoring with feminine styling to achieve a statement look, while the adjustable waist gives a fitted finish. The Hardcastle is designed with cord trims and a check cotton lining. The jacket features a two-way zip, with epaulette detail and front pockets. Made in the UK, the Hardcastle celebrates all that is British; it is 100% cotton with a wax coating.
Available in chocolate in sizes 8-16.
Buy now: Caldene Hardcastle from £136.98
A wonderfully soft, down-filled jacket with a tailored, feminine cut that eliminates any unnecessary bulk. The hood is detachable as is the faux fur trim. The soft, fleecy-lined extra high collar will help to keep the winter wind at bay. Other features include knitted inner cuffs with thumbholes and a two-way front zip. There’s gold embroidery at the sleeve, chest and collar to add to the luxurious feel of this practical coat. The Belvedere can be washed in the machine and it comes with a tennis ball for effective tumble drying! 100% polyester outer, 80% down, 20% feather fill. Available in black, royal blue, sunrise pink in sizes XS-XXL.
Buy now: Mountain Horse Belvedere jacket from £188
Showerproof, windproof and breathable, the Quilted Spectator Jacket is extremely warm. It is engineered with technical and functional features, including duck down wadding and a high insulating snug collar to keep warmth in and drafts out. With a down to feather ratio of 70:30, the ultra-fine clusters are extremely efficient at trapping insulating air. The showerproof and breathable outer fabric ensure the wearer stays warm, but also comfortable without overheating. Both the outer fabric and inner cuffs have a durable water repellent finish, which encourages surface water to bead and run off, reducing both weight and drying time.
Buy now: Musto Spectator from £325
A short quilted down jacket filled with 70/30 duck down, with a removable hood trimmed with genuine raccoon fur trimming. The jacket is nipped in at the waist with double stud finish pockets at each side. The weather proof jacket is made using showerproof, subtle sheen/shimmer to polyester fabric offering a feminine silhouette and is finished with real leather trimmings and a concealed double slider zip for easy use.
Buy now: Aigle Old Haveny from £225
This updated paddock jacket is a comfortable choice for a variety of weather in poly-blend coated microfibre. A slimmed-down remake of an Orvis classic, it is neatly shaped with princess seaming and adjustable side tabs. It has a soft corduroy trim, is diamond-quilted and lightly insulated with a checked cotton lining and is washable. Jacket: 55% polyester/45% nylon; lining and fill: 100% polyester.
Buy now: Orvis paddock jacket from £159
The stylish ladies Sheringham jacket is waterproof and breathable, featuring a soft noiseless fabric ideal for riding and other country activities. The jacket remains smart enough to wear to a myriad of country events where a combination of style and practicality is required. Available in light khaki, dark olive and sizes S – XXL.
Buy now: Baleno Sheringham from £153.67
This lightweight, waterproof and breathable jacket is ideal for cooler weather. Its many practical features include reflective piping, two way zip, quilted lining, fleece-lined inner collar, rear vents, one secure inner pocket, two zip pockets and wrist adjusters. It is made from 100% nylon with PU coating, with 100% polyester lining and fill. Available in a choice of petrol and black and sizes XS – XL.
Buy now: Shires team training jacket from £69.99
A new addition to the Mark Todd Collection, this smart and stylish ladies’ jacket is warm yet lightweight, making it perfect for riding, working on the yard or just spending time in the great outdoors. The jacket has a high padded collar for added warmth, plus two-way front fastening and zipped pockets. It is available in ladies’ sizes 8 to 18 in black or grey.
Buy now: Mark Todd padded jacket from £58.50
This stylish and versatile waterproof jacket is crafted from a high quality robust cotton rich outer fabric. With a waterproof level of 15000mm and a breathability of 25000, the wearer will remain dry and comfortable while out in the most punishing conditions. The jacket has waterproof windbreaker cuffs plus a waterproof drip strip at the bottom of the lining. Each jacket comes with a two-year guarantee. Other features include pleated sleeves, copious pockets, a detachable and adjustable peak hood plus two essential hand-warmer pockets. Extra zips enable the wearer to zip in one of Alan Paine’s Aylsham fleece waistcoats or fleece jackets to provide additional layering if required.
Buy now: Alan Paine Durham jacket from £225.74
This three-quarter length padded jacket is incredibly warm and insulates the body against the coldest days of the year. It is shaped to give a flattering silhouette and has a detachable hood with a fur trim that is also removable. Featuring two front zip pockets, a two-way front zip fastening and cosy quilted lining in the upper body, this is a lightweight jacket that is high on style as well as being very practical. The outer fabric is durable and lightweight with breathable properties making this a practical piece that can be used for any number of country activities. Available in sizes XS – XXL and a choice of black or coffee.
Buy now: Just Togs Silverton jacket from £19.45
The Dovedale jacket from Craghoppers is ideal for your winter wardrobe as it is full length, feminine and eminently warm for use all winter long. Synthetic insulation is paired with a Sherpa fleece lining and faux fur hood ensuring its suitability for use in the coldest temperatures. The addition of AquaDry membrane technology ensures it remains waterproof. Available in sizes 8-20 and a choice of charcoal and almond.
Buy now: Craghoppers jacket from £64
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