Haven't shown in a few years, new horse, finances, etc. Going to a schooling show next month. I've lost about 20# since my last show, my white breeches are fine, but my good white show shirt and my coat are in need of altering. I'm still losing and planning a recognized show in the spring so I would like to replace the show shirt and alter the coat later. I know I CAN do whatever, but out of respect for my horse, the judges and show staff, I would like to keep it nice, classy and tactful. I'm thinking either the white breeches with a white l/s shirt and a brown vest (white or brown saddle pad) or I can go black or taupe breeches with a black l/s shirt and a navy or brown vest (black or white saddle pad). Opinions? Are either of these too casual?
Do not toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!
I just went to a dressage schooling show last weekend and wore beige breeches with a brown vest. My shirt was white along with my saddle pad. Other riders wore either the full getup or short sleeved polo shirts with various colors of breeches including plaid!
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I wore a $19.99 mid sleeve white blouse from NY and Co. along with a black tailored vest from H&M ($16.00) at my last schooling show with white breeches and it looked pretty sharp.
I need a new show coat and it was HOT!
My warm weather schooling show attire is cream breeches and a black polo shirt. I pair it with a cream pad with black trim. Personally, I can't stand how I look in white breeches without a show coat - they show EVERYTHING! I lost 40 lbs. myself last year and had to buy all new show clothes. Congrats!
It is best to go as traditional as you can. Except as in Florida you might not want a melton cloth Hunt coat. Out here in California the summers are hot. So everyone goes with cool attire. But try to stay close to the classics. Conservative is good. Although I did see one young lady in a bright yellow Polo shirt once. But it did look good, on her. Not on me though.
See what others are wearing, too
I'm riding my mare in a schooling show at my barn tomorrow, just Intro A and B as she is having some trouble holding a canter... I plan to wear my usual tan breeches, but a light blue zippered polo instead of white shirt+black coat+white stock tie... all of which I find VERY uncomfortable especially in humid weather as we are having right now. Will try to get a photo.... she has not been shown in 2 years and I just have to *try* again.