Day Twenty One: Your Favorite Schooling Outfit
So this one made me laugh. I tend to go with the idea that barn clothes are the clothes that have worn out their usefulness in real life. That means that if there is a T-shirt that doesn’t fit or a sweatshirt with a hole in it, it becomes my barn clothes. Add to that the fact that I am broke so most of my britches are on the older side of things (I have one pair that I regularly wear that is 15 years old) and the overall effect is that I look like I am homeless in my barn clothes. My worst was the day when I went to try saddles a few years back and I knew I had some holes in my britches and I went to throw a leg over a demo and bam…the whole seat split open. It was embarrassing! Yet I still have not learned my lesson and still wear clothes that are falling apart.
Last year after selling off many pairs of britches that didn’t fit I treated myself an bought a brand new pair of beautiful tan colored full seats, which is what I am wearing now and a nice pair of winter riding tights, both of which are hole free. As for shirts…I still look like a homeless person in that department. What are ill fitting and hole ridden shirts made for if not to wear to the barn? It is not that I like looking like a homeless person though. In fact, I wish that I could dress like those classy ladies at the barn who have everything fitting well, being clean and totally coordinated.
My favorite schooling outfit is boring and I have a version for each season. I love the classic look of beige full seat britches, back boots with black half chaps, and a black shirt. I know, I am so boring! I love fun colored gloves and a fun colored helmet (that would match each other) to complete the look. I had a beautiful rich jewel toned helmet and matching gloves before I fell off and I had to get a new helmet.
Here is the summer version from last year without the right gloves. For the spring and fall version the top is a black polo shirt and in the winter I wear my Princeton sweatshirt (no, I didn’t go there…I don’t have that kind of money!). I have been all black since I got my new helmet last year, but what can I say, I love the look of black with black tack.
What about you all? Do you think I am a slob or are you with me that barn clothes are supposed to be crappy clothes?