As the world prepares to say goodbye to 2013, many are also preparing to usher in the next year of the Chinese calendar: the year of the horse.
Of course, for committed equestrians, every year is the year of the horse. But 2014 will particularly allow you to indulge your passion through fashion.
The shops are sure to be awash with bold jodhpurs, striking cowgirl boots, leather accessories and horse-print fabrics to make your own.
Animal prints – both fur-patterns and illustrated representations of the creatures themselves – have been a huge hit in recent years, as retro fashion has dominated the high street. In particular, wolves, foxes and owls are incredibly popular.
Next year will likely see horses to be the number one must-have print. As Bustle.com predicts, “horses are the new wolves”.
You can incorporate this pattern in your wardrobe a little, through a scarf, or a lot by wearing a striking tea dress depicting your favourite animals.
Other equestrian trends have already made their way back into the mainstream, with tight-fitting jodhpurs being used in fashion collections through 2013.
These riding pants are comfortable, flattering and take a twist on the skinny jean trend that has been so popular in recent years.
Leather boots have long been a staple of any woman’s wardrobe, but riding boots will top the fashion table next year.
Whether they are knee-high traditional equestrian boots or a western-style cowgirl form, they can be dressed up or down and be worn with skirts or trousers, making them an ideal and valuable addition to a closet. Don’t be surprised if jackets take an equestrian theme as well.
There are a total of 12 signs on the Chinese Zodiac. The last time we had a year of the Horse was 2002-2003.
Those born in the year of the horse are said to have communication skills and love to be in the limelight. They’re clever, kind and enjoy adventure – much like the animals themselves.