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Black outfits are everywhere around us. No matter if it is Showmanship, Horsemanship, Western Pleasure or Trail, most of the riders wear black. Some of them choose total black outfits, some others prefer to wear black chaps, a black hat, and a black base jacket/vest/bolero with some bright decorations.
In my opinion, there are four reasons why black is so popular.
Nobody can deny that black is elegant. It is appropriate for every event, from a local show to the World Show, for every rider, no matter if a beginner or a Congress Champion, and for any age, from Youth to Select. Moreover black helps to hide some imperfections of our body.
Black pairs with every horse colour. If you show multiple horses or you are a trainer, black is a smart choice. You can ask your designer to apply decorations in every colour. You could choose white, gold and silver if you want to look like a princess, some bright colours (fuchsia, orange, lime green, yellow) if you want to have a fun and fresh look, or purple and grey if you like a rock/ punk style.
Black is a “safe” colour. You can’t go wrong with it. I think this is the reason why a lot of girls wear it. Many riders could be afraid of other people opinion: “What if I am too old or not good enough to wear bright colours?”. As I said many times, you should wear what you like. Wear black only if you go crazy for it, not because of what others may think of you!
A timeless investment.
A black outfit is an investment that will last many years. An adult rider can purchase a black hat or black chaps and use them for ten years. Black will never be out of fashion. If you decide to buy a black jacket, you can show in it for several show seasons. I bought my first pair of black chaps and the first high quality black show jacket in 2011 and I am still wearing them at the shows! I take great care of them and they still look brand new. When I want to wear something classy and not “out of the scheme”, I just pick up my “little black jacket” and I fell really good in the pen.
These are the reasons why, in my opinion, black is such a “hit” in the show pen. What do you think about it?