Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I love fall. Cubbing season starts. The fall indoor horse shows take place. Thanksgiving. Christmas is just around the corner. That nip in the air exudes a certain energy that disappears in winter.
"Cubbing season" is a fox hunting term - the time generally between Labor Day and Thanksgiving in which hunts "cub" - an informal hunt if you will, which allows the horses and hounds to get fit before the real season begins. When you go cubbing you wear more informal hunting attire mostly tweed jackets. You also see brown field boots on riders in lieu of the more formal black boots.
I love cubbing attire and think you can easily translate this traditional dress into your every day wardrobe.
According to the Masters of Foxhounds Association, here is what considered acceptable attire for cubbing season:
Informal attire: The cubbing season or Autumn hunting allows for less formal attire called "ratcatcher". Ratcatcher normally refers to a dark sport coat or hacking jacket and a shirt and tie or turtle neck shirt. In warmer climates coats are not required.
Cub hunting also is the period when horses and hounds are conditioned and trained. At the same time, the foxes learn to evade hounds and become conditioned and smarter by being chased for longer periods of time as the season progresses. During cub hunting hounds are hunted only long enough to assure they are hunting the proper game. They are not kept out for long.
Can't you see the influence this attire has had on fashion? Ralph Lauren? Barbour? Tommy Hifinger? I'm sure there are many others. (photo is from Pininterest, girls at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA - not sure of the date, 60's maybe?)
This jacket is timeless. But I still love it.
All photos are from Pininterest. Happy Thursday!