Would I look silly if I put them on Aidan for English Pleasure, Eq and 1 OF class? My friend does the ones where you braid, flip them under and band...I just don't think it looks sharp enough LOL. Are button braids only OK in dressage?
I think that if you can do them nicely without them looking like golf balls on their neck they look fine for any event. I used to do them for most shows I went to. Gymkhanas sometimes have a presentation class and I did it for that and got decent results. I can't braid very well though so never got anything special.
Personally, I would do yarn hunter braids. They will stay in better all day and look better with the "hunter" type turnout. You don't have to do 40-60 though lol. I find that I can usually get away with about 20-25 with a very well pulled mane.