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  • Small random rant from the fashion police

    (this isn't in total seriousness, but I just needed to get this out)

    Why is it that some people seem to buy their show clothes in the dark?? It seems like every show we go to lately, I turn to someone in the barn and whisper, seriously? *that* jacket on *that* horse??

    I think the thing I hate the most is the brown trend. Brown helmet, light brown jacket, light peach shirt, beige skin, beige pants (or WORSE green beige TS), chestnut horse... Ew. IT ALL BLENDS IN! It's like one big blob of brown! And don't even get me started with people who wear the green beige breeches with light brown or light grey jackets... Uhg.

    I'm sorry I really think the light brown/greys do not look good on chestnuts. Barely passable on bays. I get it, I own a light brown jacket. It's cool. It's trendy. I went there. Sad thing is, I barely wear it because I think it looks like poop on anything I ride so it sits in my closet being all gorgeous on it's lonesome, destined for ebay so I can get another black jacket.

    Oh yes, black is always in.

    And if you have a LOUD critter, that away from the LOUD jackets! We have a pinto with 2 blue eyes, I made my two kids that ride and show him stick with medium-teal blue and navy blue jackets. They got to have fun by having a teal and lime green linings (respectively) and they don't compete with him for attention. Please do not wear a 2-colour jacket if your pony is more than 2 colours!!!

    In that same vein, just this past weekend I saw examples of both DO and DON'T with loud-coloured ponies... Funky roany app pony, mostly whitish with some chestnutty-brown roan and spots thrown in... kid had a light greyish-brown jacket that almost matched the pony and a bright pastel shirt. They looked PERFECT! As if they actually *thought* about the pony when they dressed the kid. The were a great pair. On the other hand, there was an adorable little palomino... I love palominos and this pony was flashy as heck, but you know what? All I could do was see how TERRIBLE the kid's light grey jacket looked with the pony's golden coat. The peach shirt and bows were *almost* right for the pair, but the grey? Only saving grace -- I found out the pony is a sale pony, so maybe it's just the kid's jacket she usually wears (and obviously I wouldn't go so far as to say get a new jacket for riding a sale pony!).

    Very few people look GOOD in yellow. Even fewer light brown and grey jackets look good with yellow!

    People with dark bays are very lucky - they can pretty much wear anything and get away with it!

    Navy blue ALWAYS works - even if it can be a bit boring.

    TUCK YOUR SHIRT IN!!! If you can't keep your shirt from sticking out from under your jacket, you should NOT be riding in low rise breeches!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just because you ride in the jumpers and don't have to be formally attired does NOT mean you can look like a slob. This could take me to its very own thread....

    So my main messages? Be neat. Be clean. Be well-fitted. After that, take a look at how your jacket looks like your pants and for the love of hunters, please think about how a jacket will look on your horse before you just buy it because you're in love with it (or it's lining!)!!!
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  • #2
    Originally posted by GreystoneKC View Post
    It seems like every show we go to lately, I turn to someone in the barn and whisper, seriously? *that* jacket on *that* horse??
    Sounds to me like you have the problem, not the fashion offenders. Concentrate on yourself don't worry so much about the other riders. It's a horse show, not middle school.
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      Hahahahahaha sounds to me like you take life too seriously and need to pull the stick out of you-know-where. But we're all entitled to our opinions.
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      • #4
        I'm not the one whispering about other people's clothes.
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        • #5
          Sorry, but I'm going to have to agree with OP. I've had the chance to talk with a judge or two, and when the outfit is so ugly on the horse it is distracting, it is a problem. Being neat and ready for the ring is never a bad thing.
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          • #6
            As the owner of a light brown jacket and the rider of a bay horse I have to say shove it. I can't go out and buy a new jacket every time I ride a new horse. And I refuse to spend a lot of money on one. I'll gladly take my $100 RJ Classic Brown Jacket into the show ring on any day and on any horse I ride because I am not a bucket of money. And just because YOU don't like it does not mean other people don't
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            • #7
              And no judge ever knocked a Hunter trip down because of clothing.

              Maybe they bought them second hand, or they are from a previous horse.

              Frankly, where I show, even local, we don't see anything anybody could possibly call loud and after all those years I spent in QH and Arabian, don't even think they make them.

              Don't we have other things to discuss, like poling or mastering the leg yield?
              When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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              • #8
                Taste is in the eye of the beholder. I can't stand those dark colored or black show shirts, you love yours I love rust. Some people hate it. Fashion is very subjective. As long as you look clean and well turned out, I would think your ride would have to be drop-dead AMAZING for the pinning to come down to whether the judge thinks your coat matches with your horse.

                Yellow looks terrific on fair skinned blondes. I had a barnmate at a prior barn who rode a chestnut and had a navy jacket with a brightish yellow (not neon but not pastel either) shirt and she REALLY looked good and stood out from the pastel-pastel shirts. Another girl at the barn wears a taupe jacket, off white shirt, and brown helmet on a LOUD chestnut pinto pony. Very tone-on-tone but it looks subtle and classy. And my eye goes right to her in a sea of navy and gray and she's got beautiful equitation and a cute horse so the attention is a good thing.

                I don't think there are hard-and-fast rules like "brown hunt coats never look good on a chestnut." Depends on the brown, depends on the chestnut. I have to see it in person and in natural light. I've seen combinations that I thought looked great in the tack shop and when I look at them in sunlight I wonder if I was on crack-- and I've seen people put together combinations I would never have thought of and look super.

                I've honestly never seen someone who I looked at and thought "mismatched" due to color combinations. I've seen ratty turnout and very old fashioned looking items (velvet collar etc.) but I can't ever recally being stuck by the mismatch of clothing and horse. And I've been to some backwoods type shows
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GreystoneKC View Post
                  Hahahahahaha sounds to me like you take life too seriously and need to pull the stick out of you-know-where. But we're all entitled to our opinions.
                  You're the one on an ass-tear about fashion, and now someone else is taking life too seriously?

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                  • #10
                    Seriously Greystone...it scares me that you are a pro. Keep your opinions to yourself, neither God nor GM have deemed you the fashion police.
                    Can you stress-fracture your brain?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GreystoneKC View Post
                      (this isn't in total seriousness, but I just needed to get this out)

                      Why is it that some people seem to buy their show clothes in the dark?? It seems like every show we go to lately, I turn to someone in the barn and whisper, seriously? *that* jacket on *that* horse??

                      I think the thing I hate the most is the brown trend. Brown helmet, light brown jacket, light peach shirt, beige skin, beige pants (or WORSE green beige TS), chestnut horse... Ew. IT ALL BLENDS IN! It's like one big blob of brown! And don't even get me started with people who wear the green beige breeches with light brown or light grey jackets... Uhg.

                      I'm sorry I really think the light brown/greys do not look good on chestnuts. Barely passable on bays. I get it, I own a light brown jacket. It's cool. It's trendy. I went there. Sad thing is, I barely wear it because I think it looks like poop on anything I ride so it sits in my closet being all gorgeous on it's lonesome, destined for ebay so I can get another black jacket.

                      Oh yes, black is always in.

                      And if you have a LOUD critter, that away from the LOUD jackets! We have a pinto with 2 blue eyes, I made my two kids that ride and show him stick with medium-teal blue and navy blue jackets. They got to have fun by having a teal and lime green linings (respectively) and they don't compete with him for attention. Please do not wear a 2-colour jacket if your pony is more than 2 colours!!!

                      In that same vein, just this past weekend I saw examples of both DO and DON'T with loud-coloured ponies... Funky roany app pony, mostly whitish with some chestnutty-brown roan and spots thrown in... kid had a light greyish-brown jacket that almost matched the pony and a bright pastel shirt. They looked PERFECT! As if they actually *thought* about the pony when they dressed the kid. The were a great pair. On the other hand, there was an adorable little palomino... I love palominos and this pony was flashy as heck, but you know what? All I could do was see how TERRIBLE the kid's light grey jacket looked with the pony's golden coat. The peach shirt and bows were *almost* right for the pair, but the grey? Only saving grace -- I found out the pony is a sale pony, so maybe it's just the kid's jacket she usually wears (and obviously I wouldn't go so far as to say get a new jacket for riding a sale pony!).

                      Very few people look GOOD in yellow. Even fewer light brown and grey jackets look good with yellow!

                      People with dark bays are very lucky - they can pretty much wear anything and get away with it!

                      Navy blue ALWAYS works - even if it can be a bit boring.

                      TUCK YOUR SHIRT IN!!! If you can't keep your shirt from sticking out from under your jacket, you should NOT be riding in low rise breeches!!!!!!!!!!!!

                      Just because you ride in the jumpers and don't have to be formally attired does NOT mean you can look like a slob. This could take me to its very own thread....

                      So my main messages? Be neat. Be clean. Be well-fitted. After that, take a look at how your jacket looks like your pants and for the love of hunters, please think about how a jacket will look on your horse before you just buy it because you're in love with it (or it's lining!)!!!
                      Why is a light brown jacket that matches your chestnut horse bad, but a greyish-brown jacket that matches your roany pony good?

                      I look good in yellow.

                      And you are not going to get away with railing on about the minute details of color combinations for 95% of the post and then tossing in "Be neat. Be clean. Be well-fitted." at the end like that was the point of your post. 95% of what you should care about is being neat, clean, and well fitted. 5% should worry about matching -- if that! I can honestly say that NEVER have I seen a mounted rider and thought that her coat clashed with her horse. I have thought that I didn't like the color of her shirt, but that's just me

                      I have navy, grey, brown, olive coats, and I wore them all with my old chestnut and anything else I hopped on for a few classes (bay, grey, black). Didn't keep us from winning championships at AA rated shows, and thinking back on some of my outfits, you probably would have had some sort of fit about them.

                      Man, usually I'm 100% behind you, GKC, but this post is just really kind of petty.
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                      • #12
                        What about us poor jumper riders...

                        That ride in a polo from Wal-mart instead of spending more on a Joules shirt, than our horse costs ? (I'm not saying the horse is CHEAP, I'm saying some of these clothes are crazy priced). This Fashion $_it is EXTREMELY over rated. If I rode hunters I sure wouldn't go out and have a closet full of coats just to have one that matched EVERY possible of horse I would ride.
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                        • #13
                          I think grey looks lovely on a chestnut, myself.
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                          • #14
                            If that GP coat is on sale? It matches.

                            I thought only the QH peeps were that matchy matchy.

                            Does Aunt Ester care to comment on brown coats with chestnut horses?
                            When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by findeight View Post
                              If that GP coat is on sale? It matches.

                              I love this! If it's on sale - it matches! Couldn't have said it better myself.
                              Last edited by ImTheOwner; Apr. 27, 2009, 12:05 PM. Reason: messed up the quote thing

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                              • #16
                                Oh, goodness, I better quit now, or at least start carting an extra pair of breeches to the barn —if I am assigned to chestnut, how could my trainer focus on my legs seeing they are usually encased in a pair of icky heather-grey schooling breeches?

                                OP, did you ever think people wear certain colors because that is what they HAVE, and they really can't afford to go buy a new jacket, or multiple jackets, to ensure they're in the perfect color for every horse? Or, maybe, they just like brown jackets and yellow shirts?

                                (Personally, I look like death in yellow; black is my color and, yes, I own a black show jacket and I wear it, FP be damned. And if I ever get a new show shirt, it will be BLACK, too!)

                                NEIGH-HAM: Green on a chestnut looks FAB, IMHO.
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                                • #17
                                  So tell me, oh wise one- what color jacket/shirt/breeches shall i wear with my chestnut from now on so that if you see me at a show i can be aesthetically pleasing to you?

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                                  • #18
                                    Sorry, but I still fully intend to wear my medium brown jacket with my stone colored breeches on my chromed out chestnut and love every minute of it.

                                    I may even buy the brown CO solely for purposes of completing the look. Currently my grey hat sits on top, and that looks a little silly imo but otoh the horse moves so fly that no one is looking at me anyhow. :P

                                    ETA:

                                    Originally posted by InWhyCee Redux View Post
                                    Oh, goodness, I better quit now, or at least start carting an extra pair of breeches to the barn —if I am assigned to chestnut, how could my trainer focus on my legs seeing they are usually encased in a pair of icky heather-grey schooling breeches?

                                    OP, did you ever think people wear certain colors because that is what they HAVE, and they really can't afford to go buy a new jacket, or multiple jackets, to ensure they're in the perfect color for every horse? Or, maybe, they just like brown jackets and yellow shirts? (Personally, I look like death in yellow; black is my color and, yes, I own a black show jacket and I wear it, FP be damned.)
                                    I own a grey horse, a bay horse, and a chestnut.

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                                    • #19
                                      I shall join the ranks of fashion poo-poo by wearing my green jacket with very light green matching shirt on my chestnut

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                                      • #20
                                        My coats don't match my horse. My shirts don't match my coats. My breeches don't match my shirts. And my monograms don't match anything at all! My belt looks nice with everything though. I happen to care more about how my eq looks and how well my pony is groomed, rather than whether or not I match.

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