Sun & Summer (and shirts)

It’s midway through the summer and you’ve spent the past couple of months roasting in the summer sun.  By now you know that the heat and humidity is no joke.  You end up covered in sweat before you even fully tack up.  And not the glistening, light, ladylike sweat, but the sticky, gross, sweat that makes you regret even stepping outside.  However, you are in luck!  Here at Cute to Boot, we have put together a list of our favorite budget friendly summer riding tops that are sure to keep you cool and complete that perfect ROOTD.  Check them out below:

Tailored Sportsman Icefil Shirt – $65 at SmartPak


Alright, I know this bad boy isn’t really “budget”.  To be fair, it is cheaper than the ever-popular EIS shirts which ring in at an icy $85.  I got one of these shirts on sale when a small business was closing and it is honestly one of my favorite shirts to ride in.  The fabric is smooth and thick enough that it is not super flimsy, but light enough to wick away moisture and keep you cool.  The mesh under the arms helps keep you cool as well but has stood up to multiple wears and washes.  I had a Dover brand cooling shirt much like this one but the fabric felt much thinner and cheaper and the mesh under the arms ripped after a few rides.  The shirt also offers 50+ UV protection, which is a plus if you have sensitive skin.  This is certainly one of the staples in my closet during the summer and I always look forward to riding in it!


Ariat Sunstopper Shirt – $50


Ariat has quickly become one of my favorite brands for equestrian clothing.  It seems silly I know, since they are such a staple of the equestrian community.  However, I used to only  turn to them for footwear.  These shirts retail at $50, however you can find them on sale for $33.71 at Stateline Tack.  This shirt also features under arm mesh to keep you cool and has special moisture wicking material to ensure that sweat disappears quickly and you won’t end up slick and smelly.  Especially at the sale price, this is one of the best sunshirts on the market for the price.  It also comes in a variety of colors and patterns that spruce up any outfit.


Under Armour Tech Twist Shirt – $20 at Under Armour


I own at least half a dozen of these shirts.  I am not kidding.  And I want more.  I bought two on Zulily for about $15 and have been in love with them ever since.  These shirts are everything that you want in the summer – they are lightweight, fitted but not too tight to be constricting, they wick moisture better than any other shirt I’ve tried, they come in a variety of colors, and are cheap! If you can grab them on sale, they’re about $15 but even not on sale, they are only $20.  I wear them practically every day during the summer, they’re perfect for riding in the morning and then running some errands or going to a horse show to watch or groom.  I’ve had mine for over a year now and through multiple, and I do mean multiple, washes they still look brand new!  Seriously, you need to own at least one of these shirts.




So there you have it folks – some of the best shirts to rock during the summer months to keep you cool and your outfit on fleek (is that how the youth’s use that word?).  Feel free to comment below with some of your favs! Keep a look out for some fresh summer rootds and more budget friendly tips.