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29 summer riding tops you might want in your wardrobe


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  • The best summer riding tops are technical, comfortable, smart and flattering, plus they’ll stand up to the test of daily wear in the summer months. Technical materials do a lot more than you might think and go a long way to keeping you cool and comfortable. Some fabrics are highly effective at wicking moisture away from your skin, which allows it to evaporate and provides a cooling effect – similar to a cooler rug.

    Some materials also offer great protection from the sun – this is measured by a UPF rating ( this a bit like SPF – the higher the rating the more protection is offered). Other technical features include dirt- and dust-resistant finishes, which allow dirt to be brushed off without marking and prevents stains from things like sun cream or fly spray.

    A smart, flattering fit is also important and goes a long way to keeping your comfortable. A slightly dipped hem at the rear will offer better coverage in the saddle, while capped or longer sleeves will offer more protection from the sun and in the case of a fall. And if you can find something that complements your summer breeches or riding tights, then you’re on to a style winner.

    We’ve rounded up a selection of the best summer riding tops in a wide range of fits, so there’ll be something for everyone…

    Apt Cavalier Sun shirt

    Apt Cavalier Sun shirt

    Colours: Azure or stone | Sizes: 6–16 | RRP: £54.50 |   

    Made from an Italian sports fabric, these ultra-lightweight and breathable shirts have built-in UV protection to protect your skin from harmful rays. Designed with a looser silhouette than a fitted base layer, these tops are flattering and forgiving. The back includes an anti-bacterial sports mesh panel that helps to keep you cool, and the material is quick-drying as well as sand and dirt resistant.

    View at aptcavalier.com

    Ariat Sunstopper 2.0 ¼ zip

    Ariat Sunstopper 2.0 ¼ zip

    Colours: 14 options | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £45 |   

    This base layer features breathable tech mesh panelling in all the places you need it most and has a fabric finish that prevents the growth of bacterial odours. It features technology that reduces skin temperature, wicks away moisture and offers a UPF rating of 45 to provide protection against UV rays.

    View at ariat.com

    Aztec Diamond fitted tee

    Aztec Diamond fitted tee

    Colours: Black, burgundy, grey, navy, taupe | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £30 |  

    This is an updated design for Aztec Diamond’s fitted tee. It is made with a four-way stretch fabric to sculpt every figure and features advanced cooling technologies and breathable mesh panels.

    View at aztecdiamondequestrian.com

    Cerci Equestrian Fresh polo shirt

    Cerci Equestrian Fresh polo shirt

    Colours: Burgundy or teal | Sizes: 6–16 | RRP: £154 | 

    Hand cut and made in London, this polo shirt is sweat-wicking, quick-drying and UV-protective with a UPF rating of 50+. The fabric has also undergone an antibacterial treatment to prevent sweat stains and odours, while soft threads and reduced internal labelling increase comfort. 

    View at cerciequestrian.co.uk

    Coldstream Lennel base layer

    Coldstream Lennel base layer

    Colours: Black, Windsor wine, navy/raspberry sorbet, grey or white | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £39.99 |  

    Crafted for ultimate performance, durability and comfort, this technical base layer has a tailored fit that delivers a sleek and stylish look. It has a UPF rating of 40+ and will help to regulate your temperature. It features flat lock seams and soft fabric that benefits from advanced moisture-wicking properties to keep you cool.

    More info at coldstreamequestrian.co.uk
    View at viovet.co.uk

    Derriere Activewear short sleeve top

    Derriere Activewear short sleeve top

    Colours: Grey, navy or white | Sizes: XS–L | RRP: £44.99 | 

    This top is aimed at the “fashion-focused rider who requires sports performance”. It features flat seams that eliminate rubbing, chaffing and friction and offers a sculpted fit, while the collar, finished with a smart zip closure, creates a smart look . It is made of fast-drying fabric with temperature regulating properties and mesh detailing to maximise airflow and breathability, and keep you cool, dry, and comfortable.

    View at derriereequestrian.com

    Dublin Maddison short sleeve technical airflow 1/4 zip top

    Dublin Maddison short sleeve technical airflow 1/4 zip top

    Colours: Salmon orange | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £36.99 | 

    This slim-top top includes Dublin’s Comfort Dry technologyy and features a laser-perforated airflow mesh detailing as well as silver reflective tape detail on the back. Also available in a long-sleeved version.

    More info at dublinclothing.co.uk
    View at equus.co.uk

    DVR Equestrian Santos shirt 

    DVR Equestrian Santos shirt 

    Colours: Tri or graphite | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £56.99 |   

    Originally designed for competition, this shirt has become a popular training option, too. The front and collar are made of a UPF 50 cooling fabric made with recycled ocean plastic, while the back and shoulders are mesh to aid cooling. 

    View at dvrequestrian.com

    Dymond Horsewear sleeveless base layer

    Dymond Horsewear sleeveless base layer

    Colours: Navy, olive or dark grey | Sizes: 6/8–14 | RRP: £30 | 

    Made with a long-lasting and durable material that drys quickly and keeps its shape, this top offers UPF 30+. 

    View at dymondhorsewear.com

    Equestrian Stockholm UV-protection top

    Equestrian Stockholm UV-protection top

    Colours: Soft lemon yellow, royal classic navy, silver cloud grey, champagne, emerald, pistachio, black or midnight blue | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £59 |   

    Available in a variety of colours, this top is made of a fast-drying, eco-friendly material that breathes well and has a cooling effect. The top is UPF 35 and cools your skin temperature. The material also contains recycled coffee beans, which functions as an odour control to keep your top fresher for longer.

    View at equestrianstockholm.com

    Equetech Tropics mesh polo neck top

    Equetech Tropics mesh polo neck top

    Colours: Black/grey | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £33.50 | 

    With semi-sheer mesh back and sleeves, this top is styled in a lightweight stretch fabric featuring a tropical leaf print and been designed so you can enjoy it away from the yard, too. 

    More info at equetech.com
    View at equus.co.uk

    Georgian Dollar polo shirt

    Georgian Dollar polo shirt

    Colours: Navy | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £52 |   

    This 100% cotton polo has a flattering and feminine fit and features white contrast collar and sleeves for a smart look.

    View at georgiandollar.co.uk

    Ginger & Jardine bamboo sleeveless polo shirt 

    Ginger & Jardine bamboo sleeveless polo shirt 

    Colours: White/pink, cream/blue or pink/blue | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £29.95 |   

    Made from super-soft bamboo fabric, this top is lightweight and has excellent moisture-wicking and antibacterial properties. It has a good length of body to ensure ample coverage and allow it to be tucked in.

    View at gingerandjardine.co.uk

    Gray Equestrian short sleeve base layer

    Gray Equestrian short sleeve base layer

    Colours: Grey, light blue, light pink or purple | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £30 | 

    This short-sleeved version of Gray Equestrian’s original technical base layer is made of lightweight technical fabric that keeps you cool. It is  stretchy and has flat seams for added comfort.

    View at grayequestrian.co.uk

    Honest Riders training layer

    Honest Riders training layer

    Colours: Navy, black, grey or mulberry | Sizes: XS–XXXL | RRP: £38 |   

    Made from soft, lightweight eco-friendly bamboo fabric that’s sustainable, wicks sweat, has antibacterial properties, this top offers UV protection of UPF 50. It also has mesh sleeves and back panels to help keep you cool, hidden pockets either side and cuff thumbholes.

    View at honestriders.co.uk

    Horseware Aveen short sleeve tech top 

    Horseware Aveen short sleeve tech top 

    Colours: Navy, blue or green/navy | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £34.95 |   

    This high-performance, mid-layer is made of antibacterial, breathable and wicking material with UPF30 treatment and mesh side panelling. The high-neck collar has an auto-lock zip and zip guard for maximum comfort. Also available in a long-sleeved version.

    More info at horseware.com
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    Kerrits Cool Ride Ice Fil lite short sleeve riding shirt

    Kerrits Cool Ride Ice Fil lite short sleeve riding shirt

    Colours: Bluebird or willow | Sizes: S–XL | RRP: £37.50 |   

    This technical riding shirt is designed to wick moisture, lower skin temperature by up to 5°C and provide UPF30 sun protection. It has a relaxed but feminine fit, long zip for extra ventilation, longer sleeves for protection, stock tie loop and high collar.

    View at glazeandgordon.com

    LeMieux ActiveWear short sleeve base layer

    LeMieux ActiveWear short sleeve base layer

    Colours: Azure, sage or musk | Sizes: 4–16 | RRP: £39.95 |   

    Ideal for the active rider, the lightweight, sweat-wicking material and under arm vents encourage air flow. The close fitting four-way stretch jersey fabric has a soft touch for ultimate comfort, while the shaped collar and zip detailing give the shirt an elegant finishing touch.

    More info at lemieuxproducts.com
    View at equus.co.uk

    Mochara technical sleeveless base layer 

    Mochara technical sleeveless base layer 

    Colours: Berry, snow white, charcoal grey, jet black, baby pink, slate grey, rose or navy | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £36 |   

    Suitable for a range of sporting activities, this top is treated with a UPF40+ finish to prevent UV rays penetrating through the fabric and reduce heat absorption. The technical wicking fabric will keep you dry, too.

    View at mochara.co.uk

    Mountain Horse Tyra tech top

    Mountain Horse Tyra tech top

    Colours: Blue, dark navy or pink/gold | Sizes: XS–XXL | RRP: £27 | 

    Made with stretchy quick-drying fabric that has a hydrophilic finish to wick away moisture, this top has a feminine fit, V-shaped neck and laser cut details on the short sleeves.

    More info at mountainhorse.se
    View at elandlodge.com

    Musto Evolution Sunblock short sleeve polo 2.0

    Musto Evolution Sunblock short sleeve polo 2.0

    Colours: Brilliant blue, true navy, white, charcoal, true red or blue curacao | Sizes: 8–18 | RRP: From £30 | 

    With a UPF of 50, this top is a great shield to the sun and is made of fast-wicking and -drying fabric to keep you dry, cool and comfortable during intense activity.  

    View at musto.com

    Pikeur Jarla sleeveless polo shirt

    Pikeur Jarla sleeveless polo shirt

    Colours: Black, white, dark green, aquamarine, night sky or light aubergine | Sizes: 6–18 | RRP: £49.75 |   

    Soft and comfortable to wear, this stylish polo has subtle contrasting binding at the shoulder and button band. Highly breathable and made of a four-way stretch polyester microfibre fabric that absorbs sweat and dries quickly, the Jarla is soft and comfortable to wear.

    View at sportsdirect.com

    PS of Sweden Alessandra summer base layer

    PS of Sweden Alessandra summer base layer

    Colours: Navy or aqua | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £65 | 

    This comfortable, wicking and breathable base layer has a flattering slim fit with a half-zip and a stand-up collar. Designed to accentuate the shoulders and slim the torso, the top has decorative stitch details and an inspiring quote is printed tone-in-tone at the back.

    View at psofsweden.com

    QHP Noëlla sport shirt

    QHP Noëlla sport shirt

    Colours: Green or navy | Sizes: 6–16 | RRP: £34.95 |  

    Made with a crystal print on the inside that keeps your skin cool and fresh, this tailored shirt also has a reflective insert that gives a subtle shine.

    View at qhp.nl

    Shires Aubrion Elverson Tech T-shirt

    Shires Aubrion Elverson Tech T-shirt

    Colours: Navy, pink or aqua | Sizes: XXS–XXL | RRP: £17.99 | 

    This V-neck T-shirt has a relaxed fit and is made from lightweight, quick-dry fabric. It features sporty side paneling and has flat seams for added comfort.

    More info at shiresequestrian.com
    View at equus.co.uk

    Stierna Jessica sleeveless top

    Stierna Jessica sleeveless top

    Colours: Navy, white, pink or lemon | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £52 | 

    The fabric of this fitted top is permeated with natural bamboo charcoal, which is naturally antibacterial and has anti-odour properties to keep you fresh and cool. It is UPF30+ and highly effective at transporting moisture, as well as having chafe-free seams and an asymmetrical hem for a better riding fit.

    More info at stierna.com
    View at rideawaystore.com

    Stockinjur short-sleeved base layer 

    Stockinjur short-sleeved base layer 

    Colours: Black, navy, dove, charcoal, plum, olive, blackcurrant or cranberry | Sizes: XS–XL | RRP: £36 |   

    Made of the same technical, regenerated nylon-based Lycra as Stockinjur leggings, which offers muscular compression, this baselayer has a soft feel and is resistant to creasing and staining. It offers UPF 50+ and wicks away moisture effectively.

    View at stockinjur.com

    Toggi Summer Reflector

    Toggi Summer Reflector

    Colours: Grey | Sizes: 8–18 | RRP: £39.50 |   

    Crafted from super-sleek, stretch fabric. Featuring mesh panelling at the sides and sleeves and a practical zip neck. Reflective prints aid visibility and on temporary features include fusible hems and a grown on collar.

    More info at toggi.com
    View at elandlodge.com

    Uhip technical short sleeve top

    Uhip technical short sleeve top

    Colours: Navy, pink orange or black | Sizes: 34–46 | RRP: €41 | 

    This lightweight, feminine short-sleeved top is made of quick-drying functional material. The synthetic fibre used is a hydrophobic, which means that it resists water penetration, and is highly effective at wicking away moisture, which helps to keep you cool. There are mesh panels on the upper back and along the sides for maximum ventilation and comfort.

    View at uhipwear.com


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