In a sea of outfits covered
in crystals, one trend stands
out. The fitted button-down
shirt is extremely popular for
horsemanship (outside of World
Show competition). Whether you
choose to leave your shirt plain
or embellish it along the shoulder,
collar and cuffs, the perfect fit is
crucial to making this look work.
“The button-down shirt trend
started with the collegiate
equestrian teams,” says Scobie.
“It’s very tailored, very classy. It’s
not about what you’re wearing,
but how you’re riding. It puts
everyone on an even playing
Scobie says many riders
choose bargain-brand shirts and
have them tailored to fit. Be sure
to button the shirt all the way
up, and if you wear a scarf for
horsemanship, it must be carefully
tied to minimize billowing ends.
You can pair a tailored button-
down with a vest for western
pleasure, trail or western riding.
Ray suggests adding a
removable panty attachment to
make the shirt into a bodysuit for
the best fit. “You can use Velcro
and change it from one shirt to
another,” she says.
Veldman recommends adding
shoulder pads for a smooth
look in the saddle, especially for
NOW TRENDING If you’re new to the show pen or have
been away for a few years, here’s what’s in and out at a glance.
CHAPS Roughout, single
SHOWMANSHIP Monochrome suits
collars and cuffs
HATS Colored to match
Crystals, lacing, tooled
or animal hide brims
in horsemanship or
ACCESSORIES Subdued, classic
necklaces and earrings
COLORS Black and tan base
Neon/bright base color
PATTERNS Lines and patterns
for crystals, sequins
Swirls and random
placement of crystals
A perfectly-fitted suit is a classic
and professional choice for
adults in showmanship.
is a great option
for many riders.
Horsemanship tops today
showcase crystals only on
collars, shoulders, yoking and
arms rather than on the bodice.