I love them. I am petite: 5' tall, 105 lb...a regular coat shown about three inches of thigh. I am waiting to decide which one to get.
I am also trying to decide which shortie coat. Like I really need another! What I need is a hunt coat, but hey, if it can cross over to dressage, even better!
I swim in the regular length coats. Tried on some RJ and GP hunt coats today. Regular sizes look silly on me. Also tried the Pikeur Skarlet, but all they had was a size 10. One problem that I have is broad shoulders, then small waist, and smallish hips. Size 4 in street clothes. The RJ size 4R fit nicely but too long. RJ size 2S also fit, but a bit too small but length was perfect. GP size 8 was huge!! Weird sizes in equestrian clothing.
Love the Skarlett, bought one last year. I finally look like I have legs in the saddle!
At first glance, I also really like the Pikeur Shannon, with the blingy piping/stitching. But what is with the embroidery on the back and the one big crystal button? Don't know how I feel about those yet.
As someone who dabbles in dressage and came up doing hunters, unless you're talking about a shad, I don't really see much difference in coat length. Number and type of buttons (4 metal versus 3 tonal), yes, but my RJ dressage frock coat and my RJ hunt coats fall about the same length down my thigh. Same brand, same size (6L), same length, so far as I can tell. But I'm long all over, so maybe that makes a difference.
^^ Where in the US can you find the Eurostar coats?
I would like to get a new show coat that I can use both for H/J and lower level dressage. My gripe about a lot of the Pikeur stuff is that they look silly on petite people. I'm 5'3" and not particularly leggy so anything the least bit too long makes me look even shorter. I prefer single vented coats because the double vent doesn't look so good if you've got a booty that is well, not exactly small. lol.
any recommendations on what coats tend to look good on petite folks?
Last edited by SnicklefritzG; May. 19, 2012 at 04:44 PM.
I ordered a coat! Divosa had a 25% off one item, which ended yesterday. So I ordered a few things and got 25% off on the most expensive item - the coat. I broke down and ordered the Kentucky Helli. It is stretchy and also wash and wear. And if I don't like it as a riding coat, maybe I can get away with wearing it with jeans or a skirt.
I was finally able to try on a Pikeur Skarlett over the weekend and it looked so much nicer on my 4'10" body than the traditional long dressage coats. Will definitely be ordering one of these when I actually get to the point of doing a dressage show.
I also tried the Romina, which was a beautiful jacket, but still a little long in the waist for me.
The new shorter jackets are a godsend for all of us shorter waisted riders, as the traditional cuts are just too long from shoulder to waist and too hard to tailor properly.
As someone tall with very long legs, I'll keep my Pikeur Diana frock coat. It is wool and I'd love to have a lighter weight version. I dug it out today to try it on and after 10 years it still fits! Hope to be able to wear it this fall...I love the look of the shorter coats on a shorter person. Although my derriere is not large, I still prefer to keep my white "baboon butt" covered.