A classy black jacket is an investment through the years. I purchased my jacket five years ago and I used it for a lot of disciplines: Reining, Trail, Showmanship, Western Pleasure. I could have wore it also for Western Riding. Buying a new jacket every year is cool. But it is expensive. Buying a garment which can last many years permits you to be stylish on a budget. Purchasing a fuchsia, green , purple or orange jacket can be exciting. While you are going to stand out in the pen it has some disadvantages. First of all you are going to get tired soon about a “full” and bright color scheme. Moreover it doesn’t match every horse color. If you purchase a new horse you have to change also your outfit. If you plan to wear your jacket for many years, you may feel not comfortable with a bright color when you are getting “older”. A black jacket is also really simple to match. If you show in Showmanship it is really easy to find a black pair of trousers. Every show clothing website has black trousers in stock and you can find them in “normal” clothes shop for 20 or 30 Euros. You can purchase black chaps which match with thousand of other colors (you are not in trouble if you have to wear other tops for other classes). If you ride a dark horse, you can use a white pad and a black one on a palomino, sorrel and roan horse.
Choose a garment that you can use for many disciplines. You have to keep in mind that fringes and chains are really cool, but they won’t fit in a Showmanship class. You can purchase a jacket with removable fringes and chains or simply avoid them. I would suggest you a middle length jacket. It has to be long enough to cover your butt and short enough to ride in it.
I chose a black and white jacket with some blue accents. I wore it in many occasions and I always felt classy and elegant. That jacket will last other ten years and it will never be “out of fashion”.
Many of you may say that black is boring and that everybody wears black. I think it is a smart color. As I said before, black matches with everything. If you think it is boring and you want to be unique, just purchase a design with some bright colors accents.
A black jacket is a great start for creating a complete set trough the years. You will never be tired of it and it fits good on every body type. No matter how old you are, black will always fit you.