We’re back home from an amazing Burghley Horse Trials, the first since 2019, and boy was it good to be back at this iconic three-day event. It’s right up there with our favourite equestrian events in the calendar and the parkland, house and surrounding countryside are beautiful. We were over the moon to see Piggy March and her horse Vanir Kamira topping the leaderboard after a superb performance in all three phases of the trials. The Hayfield stand was tucked away in the Rural Crafts Pavillion, but the atmosphere was still superb. The stand was busy for the whole week, sales were strong, and it was a pleasure to be back in Lincolnshire at one of our favourite events. Thank goodness the rumours that it wouldn't ever return after the pandemic turned out to be nonsense.
Autumnal fashion trends
Now that Burghley is over, the summer holidays have ended and children have gone back to school, autumn is suddenly upon us! The weather has shifted to being cooler and damp, the evenings are a little darker every day and the trees are starting to turn. We must admit that while summer is a very special time of year, here at Hayfield we can’ get enough of autumnal style. Our most popular product, and the one which really launched Hayley’s business into the limelight, is the fedora and it was just made for autumn and winter fashion. This is a time of year when a cosy sweater and jeans is the perfect attire, when long leather boots and sturdy shoes are a must and when scarves, hats and gloves suddenly become part of your day-to-day wardrobe.
This year, the nineties really are making a comeback in fashion for all ages, so expect to see jeans in bootcut and even flared cuts starting to replace skinny jeans. That means that whereas we’ve all been tucking our jeans into Spanish-style boots from a certain UK brand for years, now cowgirl boots, which are literally made for a bootcut jean, are back in style. That’s not to say you should immediately throw out all your skinny jeans and long boots, but we can’t wait to see how British country girls style a slightly new look this year!
Colour is set to be a big deal this autumn and winter too, with bold and bright colours set to be in the shops as well as the more muted tones of autumnal fashion. Given that lots of countryside outfits are based around tweed, leather and wool in greens and browns, we can’t wait to see how people inject some colour into their ensembles - perhaps not on a shoot day though… At Burghley our best-selling color was bright pink, and we very much hope people will tag us into their images for how they style them over the coming months.
That’s a wrap on shows for 2022
That’s it for shows and events for the rest of 2022, but we have so many amazing memories to look back on. Hayley loves nothing more than meeting people on the stand and being able to help them try on different styles and colours of hat until they find the one which immediately looks and feels perfect. It’s such a special moment and you can see the person’s outlook and confidence change in a few seconds, something which we can’t quite replicate with online sales! We will be back out in spring next year and are already planning which events to head to, so make sure you keep an eye on our social media feeds.