Also, don't do the khaki and blazer thing. It's very 4-H and very old school. Not to mention the two different colors and shapes are going to cut you in half visibly, either making you appear top heavy or that you have a huge butt and thighs depending on your body type.
A monochromatic suit. You have a bay right? I'd go for a black suit, a pinstripe shirt, and a black scarf or necklace.
These shows are regional. I don't think I can do anything casual. I'm kind of not even sure I can do a suite. I've been looking on ebay for and what not. I think if I can find something around the $200 range I'll buy it.
I do have a leopard print rail shirt that can be worn tucked in or out. Can I wear that with a pair of dark brown slacks or is that too casual? I'm really thinking it's too casual.
They put on a great show! Money well spent. No rail shirt. I third (fourth, fifth whatever) the suit. Get a well fitted one, make sure your hat is well shaped and if you have black flat soles (square toe preferable) wear those. No crepe soles if possible.
I have a nice pair of ariat western boots that I use for halter, which are the ones I would use for showmanship. I use an older pair of boots to ride in. (They are broke in and comfy!)
I really like this but then I'd have to get pants to go with it and I'm not positive it's something I could use but I was thinking if we aren't cut out for showmanship then I could use it as a rail shirt? I have brown and black boots. I also have a black and a beige hat. I like the chocolate and the champaign... I like the Olive too actually...
The judges are generally in khakis and blazers w/ cowboy hats. I have plenty of suits so I am happy to wear one. I just know that most of the people doing showmanship at these shows are in really fancy well matched outfits from head to toe. I'm not new to the circuit, just to showmanship.
I may not do it anyway... oh well... just a thought.
Honestly, I don't think you can buy cheaper at WalMart than at the cheaper online tack/clothing stores Like State Line Tack, Chick's and Horseloverz. (There are others, but these are my favorites.)
Go to the clearance links and spend the time pouring over the numerous pages. Watch for their $2, $5, $10, $25 and $50 sales for bargains, too. THEN, buy yourself an el cheapo apron at Walmart, which is cheaper than a tack store grooming apron, wear it when grooming prior to the class to keep your new (cheap) show clothes clean, and DON'T wear your show clothes anywhereelse, so that they will last.
I keep 6 levels of clothing at my house. The bottom barrel clothes are for seriously filthy work and painting, then the mucking/gardening clothes, then the housecleaning clothes, then the "going to the grocery store" clothes.
Then the casual-type but still dressy work clothes, THEN, the stuff I wear for special occasions, which I can keep going for a LONG time. There would be a 7th level if I was showing, and they would be washing IMMEDIATELY after a show and stored in a garment bag.
I also rotate 11 sets of sheets for my bed. I change those 1x/week and each set gets used about 5x/year that way. Just some practical advice for a very frugel horse-owner. =b