You don't typically think of dressage riders as rock stars. I mean, sure, we have our favorites, but most of the time we obsess over the horses, not their riders ... but then there's Silvia Rizzo, the Italian, international dressage rider, PS Dressage fashion columnist and all around equestrian fashionista. Silvia has a cult-like Facebook following of 95,209! Yes, that's ninety-five-thousand-two-hundred-nine, and growing by the day.
Silvia proves a dressage rider can be driven, ultra-competitive ... and still find time for that mani-pedi, which, she defends with a smile, is "an essential part of my training regimen!"
It was no surprise last month when Silvia announced the launch of "Stylish Rider", her signature equestrian apparel line. Her first product? A sporty polo.
Silvia pairs her new polo monochromatically with blue Accademia Italiana breeches. Her belt is the Otto Schumacher Swarovski Crystal in Havana leather with Topaz bling (LOVE the gorgeous color options available for this belt on Calevo.com!)
In crafting her signature polo, Silvia insisted that it be Italian-made, of heavy weight 100% cotton fabric, and she chose embellishments that were meaningful to her:
- The "3" on the back signifies perfection and is considered a lucky number in Italy (and in design, there's no denying the Rule of Three!).
- The Italian and US flags on the sleeves signify Silvia's heritage and her current home.
- Symbols of dressage, eventing and show jumping are incorporated to appeal broadly across the equestrian disciplines (the trend for crossover apparel continues).
The SHADBELLY Team unanimously agrees, our favorite feature of the Stylish Rider polo is the extended five button placket - it's more flattering than the typical three button design. The shirts (sizes S, M, L and XL) are available for purchase directly from Silvia - just email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for ordering and pricing information.
Silvia's already working on her next Stylish Rider design and this got us wondering, SHADBELLY bloggers: What's your idea of the perfect equestrian shirt? What colors? Fabric? Cut? Details? What's YOUR signature style?
Rock on Silvia. You can count us among the 95,209.