I think it is all about attitude. If you act (and I'm not saying you as in you personally, i'm using it generically) like you are a stuck up little princess, aka one hair out of place, a chipped nail, a little smudge of dirt-your entire day is absolutely ruined, then yes, I think people will judge you and be upset with how you act based on looks. but if you like to look nice at the barn, so what? As long as you do things properly. What I mean is there was a lady I met at my barn only a few days ago who had this perfectly curled hair, expensive Prada sunglasses and was wearing flip flops! I'm sorry, but I'm going to judge you on that because that is a frikken STUPID thing to do. I don't care if you are riding or not, you do.not. wear flip flops around horses, ever. On top of it, instead of asking me what I show in, she asked me, "Do you show?" I replied, "Yes I do." That would have been an appropriate place to ask what-dressage, jumping, flat, what. But no. The next question out of her mouth was "How did you place." That says ALOT about a person, imo. About status and riches and money. That is not the type of person that I want to be around.
But I know that I LOVE to shop for horse stuff too. I think you are great for wanting to look good while riding. Just don't act stuck up. ANd YAY for good deals!!!!! I love good deals on horse stuff...and clothes... and anything, lol.
~He knows when you're happy
~He knows when you're comfortable
~And he always knows when you have carrots.