Whether inside the competition ring or out on the town, every rider wants to feel good in the clothes she wears. With her loyal French Bulldog, Fudge, trailing her side, American show jumper Carly Anthony invited us into her home in Wellington, Florida, to share her favorite pieces that make up her fashion-forward yet edgy style inspired by her family roots.
“All of my outfits have to be comfortable with a little edge. I could do an all-black outfit with a bright-colored scarf, or a simple dress with a crazy designed shoe. It just needs one piece that makes the outfit. If I look good, I feel good. If things don’t fit, it’s distracting. If you don’t feel like you, you don’t ride like you. The most important thing is to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing.
I’m a fan of Samshield. The fabric is like wearing yoga pants and their durability is incredible. I’ve been wearing the same pair for over a year and the rhinestones are still there! No matter where I am — Florida, California, Europe — they’re comfortable and breathable. Plus, they’re mid/high rise – low-rise are hard to wear riding.
I love this Massimo Dutti belt — I got it in Europe.
I recently got a pair of Parlanti boots with ostrich on the top. They fit incredibly. To the barn, I wear Chucks. I’m a big shoe girl — I particularly love funky shoes that make a statement.
Shirts and Show Coats
I’m a big fan of the crystal details on my Samshield show coat. Whether I’m schooling or showing, I wear It’s a Haggerty’s shirts. They’re incredibly soft, wear nicely, and fit really well.
I’ve been wearing Samshield helmets for many years. My favorite is matte black with a shiny finish down the center. I love how comfortable the helmets are and they fit my head perfectly.
When I’m in Wellington, I workout with a trainer at home. She’s the real deal. I notice a difference in my body even though I train with her once a week. When I was at the University of Georgia, we would exercise five times a week — I was super fit, but it wasn’t tailored to riding muscles. Now, I really focus on my core, mobility, and flexibility.
The two bracelets with sayings on them are from Roxanne Assoulin. They say “stay in the magic” and “follow the sun.” I love the inspiration of them. The gold chain was my grandmother’s. It was originally a necklace that she wore and made into two bracelets — one for me, and one for my sister. Wearing it makes me feel like I always have a little bit of that strong little Italian woman with me. The other gold bracelet is another favorite of mine because it was a gift after graduating from college. I love rings but find it hard to wear them when I ride so anytime I get a chance to wear them I love putting them on. This ring was also a gift and I love that it goes great with my other bracelets.
Splurge vs. Save
I’d rather splurge on an experience like staying at a nice hotel to decompress. I much prefer that to a material object. Those experiences last a lifetime, and I continue to seek out my next adventure.
What’s always in my purse…
Blue Chapstick. Chapstick is the one thing I cannot live without. For Christmas one year my dad got me a Chapstick stand in the shape of Chapstick that holds four boxes of Chapstick. Honestly, it was hard to top Christmas after that.
Currently focusing on…
Gratitude. This time has forced me to take a moment to reflect on where I am, where I want to go and be incredibly grateful for all of the people, horses, and the best dog that are sharing this journey with me.”
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Photos by Kate Metzner for NoelleFloyd.com.
Written by Lizzy Youngling
Lizzy Youngling is a former professional rower turned runner with her roots firmly planted in the horse world. When she's not roaming the halls at the Brearley School, you can find her hitting the pavement in Central Park or roaming the trails of North Salem, NY.