As the largest visual element in your western show outfit, its always fun and important to take the time to make your western show chaps uniquely yours with details like the fabric, trim and fit.
Women’s show chaps today are almost exclusively made from ultra suede, which comes in a myriad of colors, is washable (without the trim) and molds to the body better than hides.
Men, on the other hand (as well as reiners and cutters), use hide chaps – suede side out. Men’s chaps also employ tooled yokes with various patterns and stains for the yokes.
After determining the fabric of your chaps you can move onto trims. Ladies almost always frost their chaps in some form with rhinestones, crystals and metallic leather for eye-catching dazzle in the ring. Most want to match the yoke design, color and leathers of the shirt or jacket. Overall, though, each design is created to enhance different rider’s body types.
Although everyone has their own preferences, here are a few pointers:
– Silver draws attention. Put it where you want onlookers eyes to travel – for example, a single concho in the small of your back – and avoid putting it where you might want to minimize movement – such as on your heels if your horse requires a lot of leg aids.
– Silver shows best on dark colors, creating a dramatic contrast.
– Silver requires care. Be sure to remove silver from your chaps before cleaning so you don’t transfer tarnish or silver polish onto the chaps.
Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so strive to create a winning look/impression the moment you trot into the ring!
Pantone – the global color authority – has named “Radiant Orchid” the Color of the Year for 2014!!
An “enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones,” Radiant Orchid is described by the Pantone Color Institute as “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple” whose “rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women.”
Translate this dazzling attention-getting hue from the runways and red carpet to your show outfit this season!