Though I got a pretty good start on my new Showmanship jacket, I realize that in order to have it done for Sunday's show I would have to rush the process, and I don't want to be in that situation. I want it done right or not at all. Therefore I'm tabling both my new SMS jacket and my new Horsemanship shirt until after this show.
I am taking ALL of my finished shirts/jackets to the tack swap on Saturday. Fingers crossed that they all sell. I've had good luck there before. BUT this means that by Saturday evening I might be completely OUT of western show shirts/jackets. I would very much like to have this problem, but it leaves me with a dilema: what to wear?!?! I'm certainly not going out and buying something so I'm digging through my closet for appropriate options. I'm going to have to go with a more casual look, but it'll all be clean and starched so I'll be legal, just not fancy, which is probably okay at this open show. I've seen some turnouts there that would make you twitch.
I don't have time to model pictures of all of this so please use your imagination, I know you have one. Imagine this as a dressing-room musical movie montage...
Option 1: Starched Jeans and a White/Tan Western Shirt (not super fitted, but not too huge) with my new well-shaped straw hat, black boots, plain black belt with a pretty buckle. Black ultrasuede chaps added for the riding classes.
|This outfit has the white/tan shirt and my straw hat.|
|Sorry for the bathroom selfie...|
Option 3: I have a light blue western shirt with black and white pattern on it that can be worn with my black hat. It'll be the most casual of the shirts.
I could also wear my black show pants under the chaps for the riding classes, or I could stay in the jeans. If I start in the jeans, should I stay in the jeans? I do not think I want to have a shirt tucked into black show pants for the showmanship, it just seems weird to me. There are too many options between the hat, the pants, and the shirt!
So thoughts? Comments? Cautionary tales?
I'm also trying to decide what to do with Junior's mane. I can get a braider, but I kinda feel like I should stick with a level of formality for the day. I'm going to wear all my normal English stuff so braiding seems the best option, or should I trim and band? Or leave it natural? It might be too casual if I just leave it... and I'm not roaching it again.
|Junebug's current mane... and his Bestie Brofriend, Mystic.|
Somebody make these decisions for me! HALP!!!