Q: Wendy, for the New Year, I want to start with a fresh look in the pen. I ride a dark bay in the Western All-Around. Do you have any suggestions for a fresh look suitable for the regional level shows?
A: We love bay horses, and even though there’s often a sea of them in the Western All-Around, they are also one of the most versatile in terms of matching color.
That being said, we encourage horse and rider teams looking for a fresh idea to incorporate a new color to their ensembles to set them apart. Not only will a pretty color draw positive attention, but a new look for a rider can instill confidence, just like wearing a new sweater, party dress or any other piece of just-purchased street clothes can. You just simply show better when you have a piece of clothing you feel good in!
Bright jewel tones such as red, pink, purple, blue and green are outstanding on bays, but just about any blue or green variation is attractive on any horse color. So you have a lot of options from royal blue to turquoise to teal to sea foam green and much more if you so choose, and adding color doesn’t mean you have to change your look from head-to-toe. It can be a splash of color, an accent to your overall look. Options such as our Brand New Platinum solid Lycra shirts afford you the option of trying different colors. The options are endless with the ability to customize with piping and crystals while still adhering to your budget, and best of all, riding in comfort!
For those who feel that a shirt is not structured enough for their body type, a lightweight, sheer vest with sequins is an option to camouflage body imperfections. It smooths unsightly shirt lines while adding a touch of inexpensive sparkle to your outfit. A simple change of shirt color can completely change your ensemble. Don’t forget about all of the fun, new patterns in Lycra shirts allowing you to mix and match to create your own unique look.
Recently, we have heard from our customers that comfort is one of the top factors in making a show clothing decision. The weight and temperature of clothing needs to be considered as it does affect your performance in the pen. One solution to create a formal presence while adding a large, vibrant splash of color are Satin Fitted Shirts. They are a budget-friendly but trendy look that will draw compliments from your friends and still allow you to pay your show bill! Remember that it’s all about what you feel confident wearing, whether it’s a lot of color or just a touch.
If you are more traditional and want a custom-made outfit but don’t have the budget, our consignors have already done the hard work for you. You can take advantage of the savings of preowned complete sets, or pieces we have cross-referenced on our website for you. Some of them do offer color from head-to-toe, and they offer it at a terrific price! Many include boots, a hat & saddle blanket. There is no shortage of quality, pre-owned pieces that look like they have never been worn.
The best news is that it’s easy to shop for colors you are attracted to with Show Me Again, because our state-of-the-art website allows you to search by color, size, designer, and more. Since you’re shopping for a regional show, you can also determine limitations on budget for your search, and you can choose from new or preowned pieces within the range you set. Try it on our one-of-a-kind website at www.showmeagain.com.