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spmoonie
Aug. 7, 2009, 07:03 PM
I am thinking about getting this coat eventually. What do you think of the color? Too bold/loud?

http://www.rjclassics.com/dyn_prod.php?p=D8747&k=149909

If you have pictures of a french blue coat, please do post them! :)

Moocow
Aug. 7, 2009, 07:09 PM
I love them! I am actually a fan of the bolder coloured jackets and bright linings! :D

klmck63
Aug. 7, 2009, 07:20 PM
I love them too! Maybe not always for hunters depending on the class but definitely in jumpers!

BMargieRad
Aug. 7, 2009, 07:23 PM
I love them. My favorite coat is a french blue Grand Prix

Here's a pic

http://www.chronicleofmyhorse.com/photo/french-1?context=album&albumId=1971868%3AAlbum%3A125414

Gry2Yng
Aug. 7, 2009, 07:31 PM
Not my definition of "french blue", but I like it and I would wear it. Not sure how the trainer would feel about it.

spmoonie
Aug. 7, 2009, 07:32 PM
I like it and I would wear it. Not sure how the trainer would feel about it.

Thats my only issue. I love it, not sure the trainer would though.

Across Sicily
Aug. 7, 2009, 09:43 PM
That's quite a muted french blue actually... my friend had a "true" French blue and it is BEAUTIFUL. I've been lusting after her coat ever since. (She had it custom made)

I don't think it's too loud or crazy. It's not like you're wearing a JustWorld coat in there. Especially with a gray or black, this coat would look phenomenal.

Hope you get it!

Personal Champ
Aug. 7, 2009, 09:44 PM
Have one, love it. Except mine has a HOT PINK lining and a subtle pink plaid. You can always spot me!

Renn/aissance
Aug. 7, 2009, 09:58 PM
The coat pictured is about five shades darker than the French blue RJ Classics I used to have, which I loved to bits and wore everywhere. I think the color of the coat you linked to is probably appropriate than that of my old coat. ;) It's beautiful!

Here's the one that I had: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v227/kveran/Tipperary/RedRibbon.jpg

OneMoreTime
Aug. 7, 2009, 10:08 PM
I have that exact coat, except with a lilac lining. It was approved by my fairly traditional, conservative trainer. I even wore it & pinned in some eq classes at an A show earlier this summer. It looks fabulous with a white or light lavendar shirt. I actually got compliments on it from another trainer that I didn't know. Go for it!

GreystoneKC
Aug. 7, 2009, 10:19 PM
Love.

TheOrangeOne
Aug. 7, 2009, 10:57 PM
http://www.acphotovideo.com/08DR-08/c230-w/pages/B_118_DR08.htm
http://inlinethumb62.webshots.com/38269/2785295290063226135S600x600Q85.jpg
I LOVE mine.

dauphine2
Aug. 7, 2009, 11:05 PM
I've been coveting one for a while now. It's a nice alternative to the dark navy blue that everybody is wearing right now, and a great way to subtly stand out. A black coat just wouldn't look great on my horse (she's like TheOrangeOne's horse but a little darker). Plus, it looks really retro! Like rust breeches, but more attractive. :lol:

Pony+ an inch
Aug. 8, 2009, 12:23 AM
I have one I'm very fond of and has looked good on my last two horses.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30033201&l=83afdc3466&id=1120680219

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30133838&l=33248c3170&id=1120680219

Next thing on my list is trying rust breeches with the french blue coat and white shirt... we'll see. May not be the best combination, but heck that's what tackstores and fitting rooms are for.

gf
Aug. 8, 2009, 11:31 AM
I have an elite coat that I wouldn't call french blue, but that is definitely lighter than the standard navy.

Some pics are here:
pic one (http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2190903670060396192NFBDQs?vhost=pets)
two (http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2108839880060396192oCBUxy?vhost=pets)
three (http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2229727230060396192DxHQKW?vhost=pets)


If I remember correctly someone else posted some pics of themselves in that exact coat and it was actually much lighter in person than on the website, like the second photo that pony + an inch posted. If this is your second coat I would say go for it but as a main coat you may want to get something darker. I've been coveting that coat for awhile now ;)

Little Indian
Aug. 8, 2009, 11:55 AM
I had a Grand Prix made for me that is a stunning french blue, with white piping around the collar and a beautiful rose colored lining. It looked amazing on a jet black horse i used to catch ride.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30847630&l=ef067f2219&id=201301603
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30847633&l=5d81a9341a&id=201301603
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31091901&l=d6eb922655&id=201301603

Lucassb
Aug. 8, 2009, 12:03 PM
It's stunning!

I have a (much lighter) French blue coat that is one of my favorites. It's a bit over the top with the double piping, I know... but I still love it :)

Addison
Aug. 8, 2009, 01:59 PM
My daughter has a French blue jacket with a caramel coloured lining and piping on the collar. It made it easy to find her in the warm up ring when most other jackets were navy or dark grey! (didn't hurt in the hack either;))

Sunny Side Up
Aug. 8, 2009, 02:41 PM
There's a girl in this area that has one...I love it! It's so pretty.

BeastieSlave
Aug. 8, 2009, 05:23 PM
That's not really the color I think of when I hear "French blue", but it's lovely :yes:
My most favorite coat ever when I was young was a beautiful blue (a tad darker than Little Indian's) that looked abfab with my seal brown TB mare :)

grandprix123
Aug. 8, 2009, 05:44 PM
I dont know if this is french blue exactly, but I have a lighter blue coat, and I love it! I got it as hand me down from an Ammy at my barn (I love the generous older ladies giving the too small coats to the eager juniors) Its a grand prix i believe, and Ive shown in it at lots of AA shows and gotten complements on it everytime I wear it. My trainer who is very conservative has no problems with me wearing it (even on my buckskin). Here it is

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=2242907&id=622598173#/photo.php?pid=2242770&id=622598173
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=2242907&id=622598173#/photo.php?pid=1857934&id=622598173
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=2242907&id=622598173#/photo.php?pid=1857939&id=622598173

cricket1978
Aug. 8, 2009, 09:39 PM
I think of myself as pretty conservative but I think it’s a lovely coat.

mortebella
Aug. 8, 2009, 10:19 PM
Loud? Not even. :) There's no better color on a chestnut.

http://s49.photobucket.com/albums/f296/cocreate/?action=view&current=CrumleyJuneTrot.jpg

spmoonie
Aug. 8, 2009, 10:52 PM
Loud? Not even. :) There's no better color on a chestnut.

http://s49.photobucket.com/albums/f296/cocreate/?action=view&current=CrumleyJuneTrot.jpg

I like to think of it as the modern hunter green: looks good on almost any colored horse! :D

mortebella
Aug. 9, 2009, 03:30 PM
Absolutely! When I bought mine (it's called a "Brindley" and made by some Italian company) it was advertised as a norm for formal eq classes. Not that I ride eq! :lol: So I really don't think they're anti-traditional. My feeling was it would be safe anywhere, from low to high.

BlueBobRadar
Aug. 9, 2009, 09:58 PM
I am thinking about getting this coat eventually. What do you think of the color? Too bold/loud?

http://www.rjclassics.com/dyn_prod.php?p=D8747&k=149909

If you have pictures of a french blue coat, please do post them!

That's almost my exact coat!!!! I got it as a Christmas present 2(?) years ago (My first ever brand new coat!) so I never knew what color it's actually called. Mine has a lilac colored lining though. I would never consider it loud or bright, but at times it does look light.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/photo.php?pid=900&id=1788632407

On a bay in an indoor.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30333759&op=2&o=global&view=global&subj=1788632407&id=1229355436

On a chestnut outdoors. See, it looks lighter here...

spmoonie
Aug. 9, 2009, 10:13 PM
That's almost my exact coat!!!! I got it as a Christmas present 2(?) years ago (My first ever brand new coat!) so I never knew what color it's actually called. Mine has a lilac colored lining though. I would never consider it loud or bright, but at times it does look light.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/photo.php?pid=900&id=1788632407

On a bay in an indoor.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30333759&op=2&o=global&view=global&subj=1788632407&id=1229355436

On a chestnut outdoors. See, it looks lighter here...

The links didnt work for me. :(

PNWjumper
Aug. 10, 2009, 12:14 AM
I think it's a lovely color. Of course you can take what I say with a grain of salt since this is my new hunt coat:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/IMG_0141-1.jpg
(the picture was taken by neutral milk hotel this weekend, so I'm linking to her photo)

Light blue coats have always been my favorite. And for years I rode in a french(ish) blue one that I now use only when I ride in a Grand Prix or Classic that requires formal attire. So I guess that means I consider the lighter-than-navy blues "very traditional" :lol:

MintHillFarm
Aug. 10, 2009, 11:00 AM
I saw one on a girl at a show yesterday...I have to say I didn't really like it!

At first I wasn't sure as I watched her jump around, but then I definitly knew when she was in the under saddle and I could compare her coat color vs. the other jacket colors in the arena, all at the same time. Maybe I just need to get used to the brighter color...

BAC
Aug. 10, 2009, 12:16 PM
I love French blue in general and I think the one you are considering is beautiful and in good taste. Buy it. ;)