I spend a lot of time wondering what I should wear.
While I'm pretty simple and easy-going, and my clothing reflects that part of my personality, I still spend dozens of minutes in front of the mirror, looking at who I am and who I could be if I wore something else. I want my clothes to show who I am as a person, so I want people to know that I love horses more than anything, just by looking at me.
I also like to dress to match my horse when I'm out riding. If there's a saddle blanket involved, I want to wear the same pattern. I like wearing sweaters with horse patterns knit into them, and I like wearing boots that resemble my riding gear when I'm out and about the town. I clean up pretty nice, but there's something viscerally telling about someone when you can see the flecks of dirt and, of course, horse manure on their boots.
I'd like to say that if you love horses, you'll be looking at their feet. People are the same. I'll be looking at your feet.
That said, I've been looking for a few places online where I can buy trendy clothes that fit my lifestyle. Something that would look good on a date or in the pasture. Something that shows how much I love horses and how much I love myself at the same time.
Here's what I've found:
Back in the Saddle is an online store where even the flashiest colors, seen on the homepage where there's a brilliant pink hoodie, will scream horse lover at anyone who looks at you.
"For riders and horse lovers of all ages! Shop our western and horse-themed casual clothing, sleepwear, sweatshirt, tees, footwear, fashion accessories and jewelry. Refresh your home décor with equestrian and western accents– statues, figurines, bedding, furniture covers, wall décor and prints. We offer collectibles and toys in horse-themes perfect for any home and lifestyle.
Back In The Saddle, founded in 1993, is part of Potpourri Group Inc. (PGI). From a single catalog title published in 1963, today PGI headquartered in North Billerica, Massachusetts is one of the largest multi-channel direct marketers in America. Shop our 15 brands from our print catalogs, internet or mobile sites."
Honestly, my cart is near full with horsey goodies that I don't need, but I sure am ponying up for them.
Not only are there big online stores like this, but there are often small boutiques in the more rural areas, such as this one called the Dusty Road Boutique that I stopped by to see once a couple of years ago, located in Glentworth, Saskatchewan. I'd recommend you pay them a visit, as well!
Let me know in the comments if you know anywhere else I can spend my money on horsey things.
Photo by Smabs Sputzer on Flickr.