What I learned about Fashion from showing horses

Over the years, scouring fashion magazines and blogs, I’ve come to notice many of the fashion tips being written about, I had already learned as a walk trotter. Below you’ll find the 7 things I learned about fashion from showing horses. 

  1. Fit is number one. A well-fitting piece slims and accentuations your body, gives you a polished look and says “I have it together”.
  2. Quality Materials equal a long-lasting product. Top grain leather chaps will last you years and years. The same goes for a leather bag or shoes. If you start with quality materials, the longevity increases. Leather breaks in and becomes better with each wear, unlike synthetic and cheap counterparts that fall apart.
  3. Quality beats quantity. One amazing well-made outfit or accessory will last you years and can transition through the ever changing fads. Think Ray Ban sunglasses, a timeless shape, well-made and never goes out of style.
  4. Cleanliness. Cleanliness goes hand and hand with fit. You can have a well-fitting designer outfit but you’ll cheapen the look if it’s not clean and pressed.
  5. The importance of hand washing and spot washing. If you drop a couple hundred (in some cases thousand) dollars on an outfit the last thing you want to do it ruin it. Intricate overlays, lace, sequins and rhinestones need gentle care to ensure their longevity. The careful care of show jacket translates to an outstanding ability to clean those gorgeous suede pumps you just bought.
  6. Don’t be afraid of color. It’s a great way to showcase your personality and to stand out from the crowd. My favorite red boots meet many of tips I mentioned (Quality material, check. Clean, check. Well fitting, double check.) and I get compliments every time I wear them. They were my mom’s boots when she was my age. So it just goes to show that quality and fit never go out of style.
  7. One bad accessory can ruin an entire outfit. Think poorly shaped hats, the wrong purse or a bad pair of shoes. It’s like a train wreck you can’t look away to appreciate a truly great outfit.

Do you have a fashion tip you learned in the show pen? Be sure to share it on social media #kimesranch. 

- Paige Morgan
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