Horsemanship top vs plain fitted shirt: which one is better?

In April I took part to the Bavarian Spring Classic in Kreuth and I gave a look to what riders were wearing. As it was the first big show of the year in Europe, it was easy to get an idea of what will be “in” and what will be “out” during the show season. Riders showed their new outfits and set the trends that everybody will follow during the next shows.

Today we are going to discuss about Horsemanship. I noticed a massive presence of plain fitted shirts, while in the past years there were more “blinged” Horsemanship tops.

A plain fitted shirt is always elegant. If it is in the right size (not too small or too big) it creates a good silhouette and it emphasize the rider’s body position. But, unfortunately, in Horsemanship almost everybody wears black chaps and a black shirt. You can see five or six riders in the same class dressed in the same way. But this is not so tragical. To solve the problem you can choose a “glowy” fabric (like satin) and an other colour like purple, dark blue, dark grey, silver, emerald green and so on. Moreover, if you want to show on a budget, the plain fitted shirt is a cheap and elegant solution. So, if you want to be sober but classy, the plain fitted shirt is the right option for you.

All the “bling bling” fans will obviously choose a highly decorated Horsemanship top. For sure that kind of top gives the rider a completely different allure: she will look sophisticated, elegant and valuable. It is fundamental that the top and the chaps have the same colour. I think that a decorated top that is not in the same colour of the chaps won’t look graceful: the rider’s body will seem “broken” in two parts.

Personally I use both the outfits, but in different occasions. I wear a plain fitted shirt for regional shows or during really hot summer days; during big shows I always wear my Horsemanship top because (in my opinion) it looks more elegant (a plain fitted shirt wouldn’t be “enough”).

What do you like to wear for Horsemanship? Do you prefer plain fitted shirts or Horsemanship tops?

Rock makeup or nude makeup? That is the question

When it ´s about makeup, exhibitors may have different opinions. Some prefer to “stay safe” and choose a nude makeup, while others want to stand out and they dare with an “aggressive” look.

With a nude makeup you can’t go wrong. If you are not a “makeup master”, it will be easier for you to create a nice look using light tones. Beige, brown and peach eye shadows are pretty easy to apply and you can create a nice, elegant light smoky look. Nude lips are the trend of the season; you can choose a brown, a peach or a beige shade, depending from your skin tone. You can also apply a nude lipstick if you used really dark colours on you eyes and you don’t want your makeup to be “too much”. Moreover, a nude look is perfect for disciplines like Ranch Riding, Reining, Cutting. It is really good also for Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Horsemanship and Showmanship.

A rock makeup drives a lot of attention on you and on your face. If you decide to wear dark colours, you must be able to apply them correctly. Everybody knows that dark colours are intense and sexy, but they can be a little bit tricky. If you want to wear a black or purple lipstick you have to be sure that you hand is firm when you apply it. Maybe a lip pencil could be helpful to outline the contour of your lips and to prevent smears. A dark tones makeup will help you to stand out, especially in classes like Pleasure or Trail. I would absolutely avoid black, purple or grey lipsticks in Horsemanship and in the English classes.

Let’s now talk about the red lipstick. A red lipstick is a must and it is a symbol of timeless elegance. You can choose the shade and the finish, but you won’t be wrong.

So, what do you think? Do you like dark coloured lipsticks? Do you prefer nude looks? And what about the red lipstick?