I’ve been privy to enough new product launches, tried and tried again new-to-market fashions and understand the great importance of not only riding top but looking top in the process (this means if you have a brown saddle you better be darn sure you’re sporting a brown girth and bridle!) thus I feel compelled to share a happening new range from the folks at SmartPak dubbed Alexus complete with the hip byline aesthetic, athletic, alexus! Schweet!
The Alexus Hybrid Jacket is a nice tailored fit without being too tight and the contrasting black sides are slimming too. The zipper is über quality easy flow up the front as well as zips on each pocket. The pocket zips are great for people like me who are fortunate enough to ride a massive moving horse, hence, without the zips items tend to bounce out.
The Alexus Full Seat Breeches are shopping market and out-in-town ready with nice wide belt loops, a super smooth comfy fit and a full seat that doesn’t need adjusting once you’re in the saddle. Just get on an go, no hiking up of breeches required here! I have the tan with espresso full seat and the contrast is fabulous. My favorite bit is oh so small but oh so cute – the accented stitching on the back belt loop.
A big factor for me when choosing apparel for training is the smartphone-ability. Can my mobile fit in the pocket? The answer is yes. It slides in sideways with ease and anything smaller than an iPhone won’t have an issue either. Most often I need the extra grip provided from the full seats but SmartPak does make a rocking Alexus Knee Patch Breeches as well.
I give a big two hooves up and props to SmartPak for stepping out with their own apparel range! Check them out when you have a chance and please feel free to send me your feedback or post comments here if you’ve tried this range yourself! I’d love to hear your thoughts too!
Okey so maybe taupe is not the Prêt-à-Porter Fashion Week color of choice this year but after a little research, I think taupe could be the new black! This is at least where we’re talking about Taupe FITS Wind Pro Breech and Wind Pro Stud Jacket are concerned. My new winter wear arrived this week and just in time for a drop in temps AND with the standard winter riding garments as black and dull as most winter backgrounds it was an uplifting sight.
We should first establish why taupe is kewl… It’s subtle and chic and matches heaps of other colors.
What goes with taupe?..
Okey so black is so kewl because it also goes with everything. It’s stark and you’ll stand out. It’s figure flattering especially if you pair it with black up top and taupe down below. I don’t know how, but I don’t have a solid black riding shirt to speak of in short or long sleeves so this one was out for me with my new fab set.
White is kewl because it keeps you cool yet in the winter on the eastern shores on NC that’s not a huge issue. While I’m totally looking forward to donning my FITS White Seersucker (hopefully in the competition sandbox as well) down in Florida this winter it’s not my top pick for training this time of year when mud seems to mulitply no matter how clean you keep things.
Ding! Lightbulb! Reaching beyond my new outfit I can pair this most awesome FITS Stud jacket in taupe with my FITS Laura Denim Breeches AND what a fabulous combo to wear into town for lunch, the market then back home in time to feed all the while a stylish little diva! Go one step further, and no I don’t have one, but a denim shirt with this combo would be completely rocking!
So we’ve established taupe is neurtal and anything goes with it but why not, especially if it’s your winter wear, add a bright color OR TWO to the combo? This comes to my long, draw out and mostly frivilous decision that I narrowed down to a bright turqoise or a bright hot pink to wear with my new FITS Wind Pro breeches and the matching Stud jacket for today’s training. It was hot pink today so tomorrow’s training will be the bright turquoise.
Yes, this isn’t my normal fare and I’m not sure why I got so incredibly excited when the Wind Pro Stud jacket arrived last night but I am a girl and doesn’t that entitle me to focus on fashion, colors and what I’m going to train in ever-so-often? I will pass along tho that the time I spent thinking about what direction I would take my Friday training and reflecting on this past week’s training achievements did FAR out weigh the fashion conundrum so my head is in the right place. 🙂
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