... because the thought of our thighs encased in your Melbourne Mix plaid breeches is .... well, downright frightening.
Wait, wait - hear us out. It's not just you we're picking on, Isabell, our message is for all equestrian apparel designers and figureheads out there: SHADBELLY is on a mission to speak out. We want riding clothes that: a) are well made, b) functional, AND c) enhance our figure, not highlight our flaws.
While we personally wouldn't be seen dead in your plaid breeches, Isabell, we respect your boldness! Harper's Bazaar's Fall 2014 Runway Report went "Mad for Plaid" and hailed it as the upcoming print to be seen in. We adore plaid and we look forward to seeing more of it next season ... in small doses, like the adorable plaid cuff and trim on our beloved LunaPark coat from Animo (double-times delightfully with jeans and flats). It's a "YES!"
Problem is, plaid is a total ATTENTION GRABBER. So little plaid accents? Yes! Love them! But plaid stretched (like a measuring tape) across the outermost reaches of our thighs? No thank you. And Isabell, from the look on your face in this promotional photo, we suspect you secretly feel the same way.
So let's take a more detailed look at your non-plaid version of the breech. Featured below are the Isabell Melbourne Mix in the solid colors nougat and marine. They're a sturdy, quality-made, German made, higher-rise, full-seat breech. We like the quiet little zipper pockets in the front, and the idea that these are designed to be worn comfortably without a belt.
Isabell, we get what you are trying to do with the two tone silhouette enhancement concept, but we'd like to suggest a few changes ...
First, if you've read any of SHADBELLY's series on Dressage Figures, you know that darker colors tend to make things look smaller (aka thinner), and lighter colors and patterns draw the eye and make the area look bigger (aka thicker). Why not let the colors work to our advantage? Try reversing the colors on these breeches, so that the darker hue could do it's job to make the widest part of the body (the outer part of the hips and thighs) look slimmer.
Now ... about the actual shape of the contrast silhouette. We're fine with the view from behind, but from the front ... well, the curve of the contrasting color actually emphasizes the heft of the thigh. We have to be honest, it's not a look any of us here at SHADBELLY were hoping for.
I guess one could argue that the shape you're using reflects the iconic hourglass silhouette, however, the implied waist on your breeches ends up being at crotch level, so the legs are visually shortened. How many of us wish for shorter legs? Anyone?
The tag tells us that your collection was developed in "close collaboration with the several times World and Olympic Dressage Champion". So Isabell, before you sign off on next year's designs, consider toning down the patterns - it's ok to be playful with plaid, but don't let it be so overpowering, allow the colors work to our benefit, and redesign the "curves" in your silhouette to be more flattering. Thanks for being a good sport!
Ok SHADBELLY readers, any of you got the legs to wear these? Perfect - get a great deal on the exact pair we've featured ... they're listed in the SHADBELLY Style Shop on eBay.
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