Equestrian Meets Conference-Room Cool

Caterer Alissa Leinonen jockeys equestrian sass and professional style in classic jodhpurs, riding b
Photographed with horse Cortez at Leinonen’s Bainbridge Island stable by Hayley Young

WHY WE LOVE THE LOOK: A busy mom of five and the owner of Gourmondo Catering in South Park, Bainbridge Island resident Leinonen doesn’t have time for two separate wardrobes. Instead, she incorporates the equestrian riding pants, structural tweed show coats and high-end cowgirl boots she wears to the barn into her 9-to-5 ensemble. “I try to mix a bit of town and country,” she says, “one part horse lover, one part corporate woman.” Office-friendly twists come courtesy of weathered leather jackets, pencil skirts and body-conscious cotton tops from designers such as Abi Ferrin—topped by her favorite accessory, a pair of knee-high leathers plucked from her collection of vintage, Western and designer boots.

THE ENSEMBLE: Goode Rider Scottish tweed long show coat, Noble Horse Gallery; layered over weathered leather Blur jacket, Les Amis; chocolate brown turtleneck, Banana Republic; Tuff Her cream jodhpur riding pants, Olson’s Tack Shop; Ariat two-toned leather boots with side lace-up detail, Noble Horse Gallery; gold hoop earrings, The Finerie. Kate Calamusa

Alissa’s Local Shopping Stops

For sophisticated tops and dresses
The Finerie
Downtown
1215 First Ave.
206.652.4664
thefinerie.com

For statement office wear
Les Amis
Fremont
3420 Evanston Ave. N
206.632.2877
lesamis-inc.com

For riding boots and show jackets
Noble Horse Gallery
Pioneer Square
216 First Ave. S
206.382.8566
noblehorsegallery.com

For jodhpurs and riding coats
Olson’s Tack Shop
Bellevue
2105 140th Ave. NE
425.454.9453
olsonstack.com

For perfect jeans
Sweetie
West Seattle
4508 California Ave. SW
206.923.3533
sweetieboutique.com

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