Coloured hats

Photo courtesy of the Paint Horse Journal. Photos taken by Larry Williams Photography

Since I was a teenager showing Reining I have always wanted a fire red hat.

Years passed by, I started to show in All Around events… and I still love coloured hats, especially red and purple ones.

At the beginning of this year I thought to buy a purple hat as it would have matched my outfits perfectly. But I didn’t. You may now ask: why?? And my answer is: because it is not versatile. So I purchased a black one.

If you want to make an investment that will last many years, coloured hats are not for you. Unless you buy a complete set and you want to wear it for several years. I wouldn’t choose a complete set for me as sometimes I like to change colours: now I like black… but maybe in two years I will choose an orange and fuchsia outfit.

If you have a special colour that represents you, a coloured hat is wonderful. Let’s say your colour is red and you always wear it through the years in many classes. A red hat will draw a lot of attention on you. It is not the “classical” black or white hat. It is like a cherry on top of a cake.

I saw also some girls wearing a coloured hat with a total black outfit. Well, it was not bad looking, but it was strange.

If you don’t want to dare you can choose a “normal” black, white, tan, chocolate or grey hat. The most important thing when you decide to buy your hat is quality. No matter if it is black or fuchsia, choose a good one. A well shaped hat represents you as a rider. When you stand at the cone and your hat is properly shaped, you will make a great impression on the judges.

What do you think about coloured hats? Would you wear one?

Back to fringes – part 2

Photo courtesy of Lisa T Jones. "Seven Nation Army" vest was created for Lisa by Anna Omodeo of La Collezione Di Anna

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about fringes. I exposed my concerns about wearing fringes, especially in Western Pleasure. I have always been a fringes lover, but I was not sure if they were ok for Pleasure. They look super in Trail and Western riding but (in my opinion) they create too much movement in Pleasure. Than I was at the European Championship and I had to change my mind. Fashion is made by riders and a lot of them were wearing fringes. Moreover, if you give a look to the websites and the Facebook pages of the most famous show clothing designers you will see a lot of jackets and vests decorated with fringes.

But where are they located? The majority of jackets and vests have them around the waist and on the shoulders and normally they are completely covered with stones. Some jackets have them along the sleeves while boleros have them only on the shoulders.

Some jackets and vest feature fringes also on the back (with a v shape).

Clearly fringes will be a must have for the fall shows and (probably) also for the next show season.

So what do you think? Will fringes be the next element on your show wardrobe??