In an effort to remedy that, here's an update on the random items I ended up purchasing for Windsor that I mentioned here, as well as a few other newly acquired odds and ends. Since I ended up rambling like I usually do, I'm breaking this into two parts (and also I still have a few photos I need to snag...).
Part 1 includes the things for me! And Part two will cover the things for the pony.
Yesterday, I finally unpacked my pretties from Callidae. I (shockingly) had to exchange my shirt for a smaller size, since their sizing wasn't as ridiculously slim and high fashion as I had feared (which immediately put them in my good graces). Even with the slightly too large Practice Shirt - I really liked the piece. It's polished and tailored looking, but not bulky which is appealing to me given how I layer at the barn. But if I liked it initially, I loved it when it came in the right size. The smaller size (still an L for me) made the arms and body look a bit more crisp without being skin tight (thank god). It's a great cut for riding - tailored and polished looking, without being suction cupped to my body.
In other news, Santa put a selfie stick in my stocking (gasp!) I'm still sort of confused by it, but it made some ROOTD pictures a tad easier
|LOVE this. Want more.|
Also, from a design aspect, I've gotten a little jaded hearing all the higher end riding clothes claim that they can "go from stable to street." For one thing, I look at half the items and think "nope." But also, never in my life have I gotten off my horse, swapped my boots for a nice nude pump and trotted off to dinner in my super chic riding outfit... I like how that plays in my head, but usually I'm busy hosing someone off in the wash rack - and even if I wasn't - I've never seen the true crossover appeal with most of those items.
But with this shirt, I sorta get it.
Realistically, I'd be just as likely to throw the Practice Shirt on with a pair of jeans and run weekend errands as I would be to grab it with breeches for a lesson. That's a tough niche to fill in my closet, but I am impressed that this shirt seems to do it.
I will definitely be ordering a show shirt (or two..) from them once the coffers fill back up a bit from the Holidays.
|(there were a lot of selfie stick outtakes... how I'm confused by such a simple thing I don't know)|
That makes Callidae 2 for 2 for my initial order, which is pretty impressive when dealing with a new brand that I hadn't ever actually seen in person.
Finally, there was also my first experience with the Piper Breeches from SmartPak. I grabbed a color that was on sale (army green/black) and threw an extra holiday discount on top, so I think they were about $40. I had low expectations, because even though everyone raves about them - I am oddly hard to fit in pants.
I have relatively skinny legs compared to my waist. Or that is to say, I don't really have a waist. So if I buy pants that fit my legs, they cut into my stomach terribly, and if something fits around my tummy, it is usually too loose in the hip and thigh.
My first impression of the Pipers was that I loved the fabric. Good thickness and stretch to make everything feel firmer... and I thought the seaming was flattering as well. I ordered a 32L because that seems to be fitting me well in Pikeur (who actually succeeds ok at my waist/leg ratio).
|Breeches! (the only acceptable angle..)|
|apparently I have skinny knees?|
So, the jury is still out. I do love the price point and all the color options, so it's definitely a product I want to want to love.
However, all in all - these are three items that I genuinely like, and I think look sharp at the barn.
Admittedly, I often lack the energy (and time) necessary to look like a total Hunter Princess every time I show up to ride - I do really enjoy when I can feel a bit more polished and presentable - though that's true regardless of where I am.
Stay tuned for the update on Windsor's goodies!