Fox Hunting Attire

RATCATCHER

Informal dress, referred to as ratcatcher, is worn during cub-hunting season, which generally takes place in early autumn, and on week days during the regular hunting season. Red is worn by staff only.

Ladies

Ladies wear a tweed coat or hacking jacket; natural-colored (buff, tan, or rust) breeches; light-colored shirt and plain or colored hunting stock tie or ratcatcher shirt with collar and stock pin; canary or tattersall vest; buff, brown or black leather or white wool or string gloves; brown field or black dress boots; and brown, navy or black hunt cap or safety helmet.

Gentlemen

Gentlemen wear a tweed coat or hacking jacket; natural-colored (buff, tan, or rust) breeches; light-colored shirt and colored tie; canary or tattersall vest; buff, brown or black leather or white wool or string gloves; brown field or black dress boots; and brown or black hunt cap or safety helmet.

FORMAL

Ladies

Ladies wear a black frock coat or Melton coat with plain black buttons. A lady will wear a canary or tattersall waistcoat; a white shirt with a white stock tie and a horizontal gold pin; buff or tan britches of twill, cord, or leather; wash, brown or black leather gloves or string gloves, and regular hunting spurs high on the heel. Dress boots will be black without tops. Also worn is a black velvet hunting cap or safety helmet.

 

Ladies with colors wear green collars with hunt livery buttons on either black or blue coats; waistcoats may be green; black dress boots may have patent-leather boot tops; velvet hunting cap or safety helmet will be black or blue.

Gentlemen

Gentleman wear a black frock coat or Melton coat with plain black buttons. A gentleman will also wear a canary or tattersall waistcoat; a white shirt with white stock tie and horizontal gold pin; wash, brown or black leather gloves or string gloves, and hunting spurs high on the heel. With a Melton coat, gentleman wear buff or tan britches of twill, cord, or leather, dress boots will be of black calf without boot tops. With a black frock coat, a gentleman will wear white breeches and boots with brown tops. This is appropriate whether or not the gentleman has colors. Also worn is a black velvet hunting cap or safety helmet.

 

Gentlemen with colors wear a scarlet (red) coat with a green collar, and brass buttons with the KHC insignia. Only white breeches are to be worn with a scarlet coat. Black boots with brown tops are appropriate; black velvet hunting cap or safety helmet.

 

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Juniors

Junior attire is identical to Ladies attire with the exception they can also wear Jodhpurs and Jodhpur boots and will wear an ASTM safety helmet with a harness. Juniors are those under 16 for whom tweed is correct at all times even on formal days, although they can wear formal if they choose to do so.

 

A convenient table of proper attire that can be easily printed for reference may be found here.