Equestrian at Hart Blog Hop: Equestrian Wardrobe
Dude, Hillary, I was TOTALLY considering doing a hop on this same topic! Great minds think alike.
Now, while I have to say that I've got a pretty solid sense of style, especially when it comes to riding clothes, I definitely don't always look like I just stepped out of a Dover catalog.
I ride at a very small boarding barn. We have no resident trainer, no lessons, and while a few of us do show, it's definitely not a show barn. In short, there is no dress code and no one really gives a hoot what you wear to the barn.
That said, I do find that I tend to ride better and take myself more seriously when I dress the part. Putting on clean breeches, a polo shirt, and a belt flips a switch in my subconscious that says, "I'm here to work, let's git 'er done." There is something about dressing well and feeling that I look put-together and professional that puts me in a good mental place to ride.
|A typical schooling outfit, riding Toby's very FWOOMY extended trot.|
|I love these pants. Topped with Old Navy polo shirt and some belt I got from USEF.|
|Ariat Olympia in grey with burgundy piping. Love! Aeropostale polo on top, Ariat belt.|
My favorite gloves are Roeckel Chester, and I wear a GPA because that's the only thing that fits my freakish head, unfortunately. Why must I have such expensive taste?
In cooler weather, I like to wear long-sleeve wicking athletic tops with a vest or fitted jacket over them as needed. Once it starts getting really cold, I don't give a damn about looking good and just dress for warmth. My Kerrits Sit Tight 'N Warm full seat breeches are THE BOMB and I wear those bad boys all winter long.
|Typical cool-weather schooling outfit.|
|or something like this.|
For everyday schooling I wear my Tredstep paddock boots and Elite half chaps, which I attempt to keep reasonably clean so they will last. Because I don't have money to replace them on a yearly basis. For lessons or clinics, the Ariat Challenge tall boots come out. However, they are on their way out at over 10 years old and I am reeeeaaalllly loving the look of Arait's new Volant S boots. Come on, commission checks....
Then there are the days when I have no clean breeches, Ariat Olympia or otherwise, or am working a barn shift before or after riding, so my normally classy attire goes to the wayside and I bust out the stained jeans and baggy college t-shirts. My western attire is generally the stained jeans, baggy t-shirt, and cowboy boots, because western is not a 'serious' pursuit for me. Unfortunately for you, there are no photos of these ultra attractive get-ups.
So, there you have it. My riding wardrobe runs the gamut from Equestrian Fashionista to Smelly Hobo Bum.