The Original Moorland – Riding Skirt

(13 customer reviews)


Waxed cotton, handmade riding skirt.

This beautiful and highly practical waxed cotton skirt has been designed and tested by experienced riders.

Protecting you and your saddle from the rain, this waterproof skirt will keep you warm and dry while looking gorgeous at the same time. What’s not to love?

The waxed cotton is hard wearing and durable. The more it’s used, the more beautiful the material becomes – soft and supple.

Every skirt is handmade to order, is of a high quality and made to last.

These items are made to order and therefore delivery time will vary please contact us prior to ordering if you have a special date so we can confirm if it is possible.

Choosing a bespoke option may incur additional costs depending on your fabric choices and production time may take longer. You will receive an email to discuss options once ordered.

Size Chart



Warm and dry out hacking

Every day riding/schooling

Clean and dry while warming up before competitions

Protect your legs from branch’s and brambles

Help prevent chilblains

Keep your saddle clean & dry



  • 100% Wool lined pockets
  • High supporting waistband
  • Waterproof
  • Hi – Visibility piping
  • 100% genuine leather buckle mounts to fasten and adjust size
  • Wrap around design
  • Fits easily over jodhpurs, jeans or leggings.
  • Leg straps
  • Waxed cotton -100% cotton
  • Linings – 65% cotton 35% polyester
  • Nouvelle Habit exclusive rose motif lining – 100% organic cotton
  • Weighted to optimise stability

Nouvelle Habit sells to all UK locations, for all orders outside of the UK please contact our team.

All of our skirts are designed to fit as an elegant and protective overskirt; the buckles at the front allow for size adjustment.

The skirt waist sits on the waistline, just on or below the belly button. The weight of the skirt allows it to sit comfortably on the hips and over the natural curve of the body.

Each skirt ranges between two sizes (see chart) when the skirt is done up at its tightest it is at its lowest size.


Size  UK Length
XXS (24″ lowest)  6 – 8 80cm
XS (26″ lowest) 8 – 10 80cm
S (28″ lowest) 10 – 12 80cm
M (30″ lowest) 12 -14 80cm
L (32″ lowest) 14 -16 80cm
XL (34″ lowest) 16 – 18 80cm

Hand Made

Each Nouvelle Habit skirt is handmade to order. We aim to have your skirts sewn up 3-4 weeks from the date of order, this can change during busy periods. 

If you need your skirt made by a certain date, please contact us directly before ordering to ensure we can achieve this.


If you have selected a bespoke option you will receive an email from our team to discuss your individual requirements.

Please note that bespoke elements may incur additional costs and or require longer sewing slots depending on production costs and lead times for bespoke elements.

If you would like to talk over ideas before purchasing a bespoke skirt please email [email protected]

Odette is always happy to discuss ideas, interests, best options and provide an estimate of additional costs.

Tips from our designer

When thinking about bespoke fabrics I recommend looking at cottons, poly cottons, cotton twills, tweeds and boiled wools. If you have a different fabric in mind just let Nouvelle Habit know and we will check to see if it is a viable alternative.

Stripes and checks are more challenging than they might sound; due to the shapes of the pattern pieces in the skirt (all have a slight curve to them) straight lines will not match up at the seams.

If you want a patterned fabric in your skirt think about the size of the pattern and the repeat – this means how often the design is repeated in the width of the fabric.

Please note: If you are buying your own bespoke fabric (once you have confirmed with us it is a viable option) you will need between 2 -3m to line your skirt (depending on size ordered) ideally the width of the fabric would be 140m wide but we can work with any width.


Additional information

Waxed cotton

Black, Chestnut Red, French mustard, Khaki Green, Navy, Vintage brown


Rose Gold, Gunmetal, Antique Brass, Antique Silver

Lining (skirt)

Chocolate, Wine, Navy, Racing Green, Bespoke

Yoke (waist band) Lining

Bespoke, Blue Roses, Red Roses


Extra Large (UK 16-18), Large (UK 14-16), Medium (UK 12-14), Small (UK 10-12), Extra Small (UK 8-10), XX Small (UK 6-8)

Waxed cotton Explained

We use Traditional English Waxed Cotton.

Waxed cotton fabric is waterproof but wherever the fabric is stitched there is a possibility it will allow water in. If you find that there is a leak in your skirt you can easily touch up the area with a wax dressing. Regular reproofing will help maintain the waxed cotton and prolong its life. You can purchase our recommended wax dressing or treat yourself to a handy waxed cotton care kit.

How to re-wax using waxed cotton dressing

  • Using a damp sponge clean of any excess dirt from the waxed cotton.
  • Place your tin of wax cotton dressing in hot water to soften it.
  • Apply thinly with a clean cloth to you waxed cotton.
  • Paying extra attention to seams, pocket edges and any particularly worn areas.

The best way to store you skirt, is to hang it up using the hanger at the back of the skirt. This will allow it to dry out and reduce the risk of it staying damp and mould forming.

13 reviews for The Original Moorland – Riding Skirt

  1. Amanda Friend

    My Nouvelle Habit riding skirt is my new favourite piece of kit!
    It has been designed with a huge amount of thought and this is matched by the attention to detail, craftsmanship & high quality materials – this really will last for years!
    Odette could not have been easier to deal with. She answered all my questions and gave me a stunning bespoke skirt – I love orange!!!
    I’ve ridden in the skirt in torrential downpours, windy storms and freezing temperatures – it makes riding just so much nicer in these conditions (and it makes you feel stylish). It keeps me warm, protects my saddle and saves me so much time in cleaning.
    I highly recommend 👌

  2. Alison Zuend

    What a wonderful product.
    I’m used to good equipment but often they will be missing something- pocket/ loop etc. This product really has thought of everything, a stylish product which is actually waterproof, good fastenings and great quality through and through, right down to the hanging loop!
    A quality stylish product that will last from a local company you can trust. Thoroughly recommend this.

  3. Lucy Ballard

    where do I begin with this AMAZING skirt 😍
    Not only is it absolutely beautiful, its 100% warm and waterproof.
    Super easy to wear, get on, get off, jump in and gallop for miles!
    First time I wore it was for 6 hours galloping on the moors in bitter wind and piercing rain, not only was I completely dry but my saddle was too .
    I cannot fault this item , its my go too for any chilly or wet day and would 100% recommend to anybody and everybody I know
    Thank you Odette for making such a beautiful , hard wearing and fantastic skirt ☆☆☆☆☆

  4. Jacky

    I absolutely love my skirt from Nouvelle Habit. I messaged back and forth with Odette to have slight adjustments made to the skirt length before I ordered and she was a pleasure to deal with. It arrived beautifully (and I mean truly beautifully) packaged, made and sent with loving care. I wear it throughout the whole of Autumn, Winter and Spring, I wear it to walk the dogs, pooh pick the fields and ride my horses. I just wish Odette made matching jackets…. I’d buy one like a shot!

  5. Nicky

    This is one of the best things I’ve ever bought. I can’t tell you how many times it’s kept me warm and dry while riding.
    It’s perfectly designed and hardly moves even when I’m show jumping- yes even when jumping up to 1.50m jumps! Unbelievable!
    It’s beautifully made, the quality is amazing and will last forever.
    I’m a very happy customer.

  6. Beki Anderson

    My Moorlands skirt is probably one of the best things I have EVER bought; I absolutely love it! 🥰
    I wear it to walk the dog, for walks on the beach, throw it on over my work clothes to keep them clean whilst checking my horse (so much easier to put on/off than waterproof trousers/overalls!!), I’ve worn it wandering round town on a rainy day, doing my poo picking/yard chores, I wear it all the time – oh, & I ride in it too! 😆
    It’s warm, waterproof and so stylish too; I’ve lost count of the compliments I’ve received whilst wearing it & am always being asked where I bought it. And the quality is amazing – worth every penny. 🙂

  7. Charlotte

    I could not recommended a nicer lady or company.
    We met at a show and instantly you could see how the quality was through the skirt from start to finish. When it arrived in the post it did not fail to give me the ‘wow’ factor, she really had thought of everything including the wax seal on the envelope. Several people have commented on my skirt & I have & I will continue to recommend this amazing brand! Thank you, what a find!!

  8. Isabelle Geran

    To find something that will truly last a lifetime is quite rare. But the Nouvelle Habit skirt ticks all the boxes. Practical, portable and stylish. Instead of faffing with waterproofs that just don’t work I can simply wrap my custom skirt over my jumper and hop in the saddle. Once on board it well covers the saddle and my legs so no more soggy tack cleaning or drying! My horse Haze also appreciates staying nice and dry underneath. I have worn it in the warmer summer months and have not been too hot. Now I am wearing it during icy rain showers and have been comfortably toasty sheltered from the wind and rain.
    Odette’s attention to detail is second to none. I wear it on every ride. Wet or dry!

  9. Rachel MacKenzie

    My skirt is an essential bit of kit for me now. When it’s cold and wet, I wear it around the yard as well as riding. Being cold can really put me off riding and having my cosy skirt is making the world of difference! Odette is brilliant to deal with and provided a fantastic customer service- you can tell she really cares about the process of making the skirts 🙂. I recommend mine to anyone who will listen

  10. All the kings horses

    I absolute adored my Moorland riding skirt my husband bought me for Christmas last year… I bought another!!! Say goodbye to chilblains, cold wet soggy breeches. I use them for pretty much everything outside. Fit beautifully, look fabulous and I definitely feel like an Edwardian lady riding!! Oh AND save your saddle from the elements what more could you ask for?
    Odette Is so helpful and talks through any ideas you have- I had a custom made option too. The question really is when I will buy the navy??!!!
    As soon as you get yours I guarantee the first thing you’ll at is why didn’t I have this before … and twirl.. you will twirl

  11. Caroline Heppenstall (verified owner)

    I cannot thank Odette enough… she’s so helpful. Absolutely love my beautiful riding skirt, it’s so easy to wear on and off the pony… keeps me warm and dry…without feeling overwhelmed.
    Elegant and simple… highly recommend

  12. Pauline Thomas

    My hubby spotted the Nouvelle Habit skirts at the Game Fair, he knew I was on the look out for a new overskirt as the one I had made for myself some years ago was looking very tatty. I am so pleased with my riding skirt, it looks so elegant and practical and I have received lots of compliments already. The details and quality are just absolutely wonderful. I will wear it when walking the dog, with a short boiled wool jacket which suits the shape of the skirt perfectly without hiding the lovely buckles. Worth every penny. Thankyou Odette.

  13. Juli Anderson

    Very nice skirt. My legs were protected from all of the prickly plants.

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