Used horse show clothing can be a wonderful
alternative to buying brand
new. Quality horse show clothes are always going to be more expensive
the first time around.
There are advantages and disadvantages to
buying used clothes. For example, when shopping used you may have less
of a selection and less control over the merchandise you have to choose
It may also be more difficult to match the right color, especially if
you are trying to match any color other than black. Even if you find
the right color and style, it may not be the ideal fit.
With all these variables fresh in your mind is it still worth the
hassle to shop for used horse show clothing? The answer to this
question is really a matter of preference.
The price differences between used horse show clothing and new can be
significant. This alone can put your mind at ease before you head off
to shop for your next horse show outfit.
Below we have put together a helpful guide to answer some of those
initial questions and get you going!
Where to Shop?
The question that may be at the top of your
mind is "where do I even
start?" Well in order to begin shopping for used horse show clothing
you do need to have a starting point or location.
You do have a couple options available for shopping. The internet or
online world is one and offline sales are another. Your computer may be
the best place to launch your search, especially if you aren't 100% set
on what you want.
Use the internet to search and research what may work best for you and
your horse. You will also get helpful pricing information.
Once you have something in mind of interest to you, your best bet is to
shop around to find the best price. If you find something you really
like online, make sure you check out a few other websites to compare
quality and price.
If you are pretty confident in finding the right fit and color off the
internet then your search may not go much farther than your computer.
It may be wise to check if there is a return policy in case the color
is off or it doesn't fit right.
If you purchase a piece of used horse show clothing from an auction
site you may not have the option to return the item. Always shop with
caution when looking on the internet for clothing. The last thing you
want is to wind up with something you can't use.
If you are unsure about judging color and fit, you may want to also
include a trip to your local tack shop. Give yourself the opportunity
to try on some used horse show clothing. Get a sense of what fits and
what doesn't, and what looks right on you and what doesn't.
Some tack shops offer used clothing on
consignment which will also allow you the opportunity to try the
clothing on before you decide about buying.
Community tack sales are a great place to find some used horse show
clothing. Not only can you try on some of the clothes, you may also
have the chance to bargain with the seller. Sometimes you can get
clothes for slightly cheaper than the sticker price.
If you know of anyone who custom makes show clothing, you still have
the possibility of finding something gently used. Someone who makes
horse show clothing regularly may also have used pieces from other
clients for sale.
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What About Fit?
When shopping for used horse show
clothing fit is very important. Your
clothing needs to fit correctly to make an overall clean picture. If
you find an outfit that is too big it will hang oddly in different
Outfits that are too large can draw attention by the extra movement of
loose areas. On the other hand, clothing that is too tight or short
will not work in your favor either.
Shirts or pants that are too tight can also draw some unflattering
attention to areas you may not want. They may also be very
uncomfortable to show in. If you find the right piece of used horse
show clothing with minor fitting problems, altering the clothing will
help ensure a more tailored fit.
Next to fit in horse show clothes, color
also plays a role in the
overall picture. The colors you choose should be flattering to both you
and your horse. When it comes to your horse make sure you take into
account your horse's base coat color.
If you have a chestnut or sorrel horse you may not want to combine
other warm colors into the picture. Colors such a reds, oranges, and
yellows won't work as well as cooler colors such as greens, blues, or
Black or bay coat bases are a little more versatile to color match to.
They work well with both cool and warm colors. Darker colors may not be
the best choice as you may blend in with your horse a little more.
Pricing for used horse show clothing will
vary on many factors. How
many times the item has been used or how old it is will affect the
price with newer and more lightly used pieces likely being more
expensive than older and more used pieces.
Name brands also factor into price. Higher quality horse show clothes
tend to hold their value a little more than more generic clothing. Keep
in mind that you get what you pay for.
If you plan to use an item for a longer period of time, it may be worth
investing in something of higher quality. Something that will hold up
to your time spent in the show ring.
As with any other purchase for horse
shows its a buyer beware market.
Use common sense when shopping the internet. Make sure you have some
basic idea of what measurements and fit works best for you.
Before heading out to a tack sale, try
doing a little pricing research
for specific brand names. The more knowledge you have about pricing,
the better your power in deciding if something is a good deal or not.
Good luck in all your shopping for clothing. When you find something
that works perfectly for you,
you'll enjoy it that much more when showing your horse!