At the moment, I have only one coat that fits. It's navy with tone on tone pin striping and does the job well.
However, I think it'd probably be wise for me to get a spare... I tend to get show clothes dirty, and hey, it never hurts to have some more options.
Since reading the thread about french blue hunt coats and seeing the french blue ones people had as well as other colors (believe there was an awesome dark green one as well as maybe brown or grey?) I've been looking for a show coat in french blue or dark green... I think they are absolutely fantastic looking.
I've also looked at some soft-shells and love them too.
I'll probably be showing in the eq and the jumpers with maybe one or two forays into the hunters, so I suppose that's a bit of a consideration.
So really, I'm looking for suggestions for brands, styles, and colors... I'm open to pretty much anything that won't break the bank
I've heard there's more to life than an FEI tent and hotel rooms, so I'm trying it.
I really love my Marigold jacket with a tiny bit of stretch. Colors are all personal preference. I have a navy, black, and now a chocolate brown coat (with a really cool chocolate brown helmet). You really do need a backup. I really have two navy jackets - one was a show purchase when the back seam split during a particularly dramatic release.
Are you close enough to some tack stores that you can go try on a few brands and see what fits you best? For me, I think RJs fit the best, though I do have a Grand Prix that fits OK, but it really varies by coat cut and body type.
Much as I love my olive green coat, if you want something as a backup to wear in hunters/jumpers/eq, I'd look at black or dark charcoal gray. Much less fun, but much more versatile. Most brands carry those now.