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Hunter Fashion, Part I

Despite the fact that winter continues to rage here in Fly Over Country (and foil my plans to ride my horse!) all I can think about is spring and summer… and you guessed it, horse shows! So since I’m still stuck inside, I’m giving in to my addiction by stalking photos of HITS and WEF online, which has led to an unhealthy amount of online shopping. But unfortunately I’m semi-broke (thank you brand-new Prestige saddle) and I’m cheap, so really I’m just window shopping online.

Last year I spent an exorbitant amount of time window shopping for expensive, fancy amateur hunter horses because I didn’t have one of my own. But I love Miles and I’m really looking forward to showing him this summer, thus my daily visits to have drastically reduced. Instead, I’m shopping for myself… specifically for show outfits. Here’s my current get-up:

  1. On Course Ashby Ladies Hunt Coat in Navy – $71.95 (I paid $25)
  2. Ariat Heritage Tall Boots – $265.95 (I paid $165)
  3. Essex Classic Solid Color Diagonal Twill Show Shirt in Yellow – $63.50 (I paid $25)
  4. RJ Classics Essential Ladies Wrap Collar Show Shirt in White w/ Pink – $58 (I paid 37.95)
  5. Ariat Heritage Knee Patch Side Zip in Tan – $90.20
  6. Ariat Heritage Knee Patch Side Zip in Khaki – $86.95
  7. IRH ATH SSV Helmet – $235.55 (I paid $145.30)
  8. Tory Stitched Spur Belt – $36
  9. Heritage Premier Show Gloves – $26.55

TOTAL COST: $934.65 (I paid $637.95)

For the most part, I really like my show outfit. I enjoy having two shirts and two breeches because I always go to two-day shows and variety is the spice of life. The two things I would most like to upgrade are my tall boots (I want Spanish style tops with a swagger tab SO BAD) and my helmet (I wear the same one for schooling so it’s getting a bit… grungy).

But only upgrading two pieces of your wardrobe is no fun, especially when you’re window shopping. So here’s what I came up with for a completely upgraded look:

  1. RJ Classics Soft Shell Hunt Coat in Navy – $218
  2. Ariat Heritage Contour Tall Boots – $265.95
  3. Essex Classics Wrap Collar Ladies Show Shirt in Yellow – $61.25
  4. Essex Classics Coolmax Performance Collection Ladies Show Shirt in Lavendar – $54.08
  5. Leather Nameplate Bracelet in Brass – $23.70
  6. Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunter Low-Rise in Tan – $179.95
  7. Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunter Low-Rise in Green Beige – $179.95
  8. IRH Elite Xtreme Helmet – $237.45
  9. Ariat Regal Reversible Belt – $49.95
  10. Roeckl Chester Glove – $49.95

TOTAL COST: $1,320.23

What I like about this outfit is that it basically just upgrades my current outfit. I love wrap collar show shirts, so I’d love to upgrade my yellow one, and add another color. Same with the breeches — I’d love to move my Ariats to just schooling breeches and show in Tailored Sportsmans. Also, a new show coat that isn’t 100% wool sounds wonderfully… cool.

And really, the cost difference between the two isn’t that much, only $385 retail. Plus, there’s a few things I already have or could do without. I already have a bracelet for Visa, so that knocks off $25. And I don’t mind my belt or gloves, so I could forego those as well (minus another $100). Finally, while the lavendar shirt should be nice, I’m not sure how much I would wear it (to take off another $60).

Of course I couldn’t stop myself here. I decided that just like looking at really, really expensive horses, shopping for outrageously expensive outfits would be fun too. So if I won the lottery, or had a wealthy benefactor or even a trust fund, here’s what I would buy:

  1. Grand Prix Quinn Show Coat – $449
  2. 1/2 Karat Diamond Round Cut Earrings – $479.99
  3. Infinity Pendant Necklace with Double Strand Chain – $19.95
  4. Michael Kors Women’s Stainless Steel, Quartz and Pearl Watch – $137.50
  5. Tailored Sportsman Premier Convertible Collar Show Shirt in Daisy Dukes – $109.99
  6. Tailored Sportsman Premier Convertible Collar Show Shirt in Aquatic – $109.99
  7. Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunter Low-Rise in Tan – $179.95
  8. Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunter Low-Rise in Green Beige – $179.95
  9. GPA Speed Air Evolution Helmet – $589.99
  10. Leather Nameplate Bracelet in Brass – $23.70
  11. Tailored Sportsman Quilted “C” Belt in Black – $107.95
  12. Roeckl Chester Glove – $49.95
  13. Parlanti Passion Miami Tall Boots – $635.52

TOTAL COST: $3073.43

Yeah, I really went all out. Of course, I could save a boatload with cheaper earrings… but still the outfit is just plain extravagant. Definitely not a bad way to spend $3k if it felt like pocket change! Alas, that will never be me. But it was fun pretending!

If you could splurge on one item for your show outfit, what would it be? 


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27 thoughts to “Hunter Fashion, Part I”

  1. I have been SO guilty of online shopping this winter!! There is nothing else to do! But I did purchase my favorite Ariat Olympia breeches in a great color for 40% off, so I’d say that was a success. I want/need a new helmet, for sure, and would love new tall boots, but those are out of the budget for now! I’m pretty pleased with the rest of my wardrobe. 🙂

  2. Haha. I like your style.

    That said, I haven’t spent two minutes putting together outfits for myself. Ask me what the little dude is wearing for our first clinic this year, though. 😉

  3. With all this crappy weather I’ve been trying on my show outfit randomly to remind myself that I like it and don’t need to buy any (more) new things online.

    That being said, totally going to a tack sale today. Credit card beware!

  4. Glad to know I have top notch style but at frugal pricing 😛 My closet over the last couple years for horse showing has exploded to being nicer then my regular wardrobe so I’m trying to update my regular clothes.

  5. Oh I LOVE shopping and outfits!!! 🙂 I think we all need that 3k outfit 🙂

    I would love some custom boots. I am pretty spoiled and have a good collection of show outfits and I do love my boots but custom would be awesome 🙂

  6. I love your style, and online shopping is SO MUCH cheaper than actually shopping in person, lol!

    I have a Horseware softshell and I gotta tell you, it’s NOT cooler than wool. It doesn’t breathe AT ALL. I was sweating in it at the dressage show last weekend, when it was a whopping 72 degrees and overcast. And I’m usually a cold-blooded person! I love the washable factor, but it’s not going to be my go-to jacket in the heat, that’s for sure.

  7. I have home of those top notch things also, and I rarely do hunters -go me! I bought most of it second hand though LOL

    I would love to know where the Speed Air is under $600….I just bought one on eBay for $150, so excited. Been wanting one for ages!

  8. Splurge would be custom boots, love my Beval’s but they’re going to wear out doing double duty. Realistically, i don’t even currently have a show shirt yet so that should prob be my next purchase 😉 Then nicer breeches, then another jacket…. scary slope this showing is…

  9. I’m pretty happy with my show stuff for now especially with the huge deal I got on a practically new pair of Fits breeches. But, if I had money to splurge I would upgrade my helmet and I would get an expensive show coat that was tailored to fit me correctly.

  10. Pretty funny! I actually school the crap out of my Roeckls – almost due for a new pair. It’s funny what we’ll splurge on. I also just bought a pair of Ariat Volants for schooling which cost more than my Ariat Maestro Dressage boots (for showing)! My show helmet (the Ovation Show Helmet) was also cheaper than my schooling helmet which is the Ovation Carbon Fiber Sync. SInce I ride so often, I prefer upgraded schooling clothes than show clothes. :0)

  11. I love that spur belt! I think I’d like a new helmet – I bought a velvet Troxel two years ago bc it was an inexpensive show helmet but I don’t like it. Not really. I love the second IRH you found, that thing is smokin’.

  12. Haha this is too fun, I love it! Of course I really like the outfit you do have, and you were a pretty good bargain shopper 🙂 I love the heritage gloves though really, I wouldn’t trade them for anything…

  13. Ummmm I think I need one of those engraved bracelets. I had them for all my horses when I was a kid, and I hope they’re still around in my room at my parents’ house somewhere. But I need a Lex one! Birthday wish list: started.

  14. I actually tried on the softshell coat and absolutely hated it 🙁 But love your style! I may have to do a post like this soon for myself 🙂

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