My first line was, how to dress like a whiner, then I re-read it and decided I would rather dress like a winner, not a whiner.
Dress For Success
This is more than wearing acceptable clothing it is being on trend, comfortable, and within the rules set by the competition. When schooling, however, wearing appropriate, safe clothing is a must.
Where do you like to shop? Do you have a favorite pair of breeches you just can’t do without?
What you wear is a reflection of you and your horse and your business. Whether at ringside, showing or schooling at home people notice what you wear and getting into the habit of wearing appropriate clothing is necessary.
Dress Like a Winner – The Message Your Image Sends
Whether you like it or not what you wear will be judged. As the old saying goes you only have 1 chance to make a good first impression. Your image, physical appearance, voice, manners and your personal views are added into the mix. First impressions are made instantly and once an impression is made it is difficult to undo a bad first impression.
What you need to Dress Like a Winner
Your clothing need not be new or designer it just has to be neat, clean and in good repair. Judges are not looking for designer names or specific brands, they are looking for neat and organized riders. If you have the most expensive, hottest trending equipment and tack but can’t get your horse to the jumps properly – it really doesn’t matter.
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I personally prefer the less is more on the jewellery front. Dangling earrings, bangles and pony tails with rosettes are best suited for the dance floor not the show ring.
Latest Trend in Tall Boots
Remember the days when you struggled on and off with your boots? flexing and prying your swelled calves from the hot sweaty black leather. The latest from Ariat Boots is the Volant. What a lovely boot. Sleek and designed for the rider.
Although I have yet to try them they look comfy and they get thumbs up from the people I have spoken with about them. From the Ariat home page they describe the Ariat Volant:
Innovative performance, fit, and design. Premium European calf leather is combined with a breathable stretch mesh for an ergonomic, athletic fit. Cobalt Quantum technology provides superior support, control, and stability. Ready to meet any challenge with a reinforced Tec-Tuff heel counter and overlasted construction for added durability with a sleek silhouette, and Ariat’s exclusive Duratread outsole. Spur cradle with two height options.
Latest in Riding Jackets
Even though there have been few advances in english riding apparel new coats are designed better than ever. Now with better materials, vents and stretch riding coats are more comfortable and durable. Take a look at the description of this Tuff Rider® Coat
“Tropical weight Poly/Wool/Lycra fabric is perfect for the show ring. Touch of lycra for just enough stretch across the back and arms. Enhanced fit and elegant drape for a traditional look. Classically tailored with double vents, notched lapels, fully lined, outside flap pockets and three button front. Reinforced buttons.
There are some conservative colors available such as black herring bone and blue plaid. They are conservative but fancy enough to be unique.
Dressage coats are more predictably conservative. Navy or black are the popular choices.
Latest in Riding Shirts
Shirts although not readily seen, must fit comfortably and not be too outrageous. You can never go wrong with a classic white or off white. Consider getting your own designed and built especially for you like these Ian Millar specials. The shirt is just as important as the jacket.
Expect to pay from around $20 (for children’s) - $80 for a good quality show shirt. Do not scrimp. Get the best quality you can afford. Always a long sleeve in case jackets are excused. I like visiting this store to see their lovely show clothes. They are high end but of course, worth it!
Latest in Breeches
There are many styles and fabrics to choose from. When showing consider comfort and durability. High tech fabrics and new designs make breeches more comfy and fit nicely. Gone are wide flared jodhpurs, and even the beige-y green breeches with ironed in creases are being pushed aside for more comfortable breeches in breathable fabrics and fakey-suede full seat.
If you are ‘full size’ rider visit EighteenHands.com for specialy clothing. for your riding clothes.
Where do you shop? Do you have a special pair of breeches you just can’t do without?