Forget the bra, it's the blah blah boring dressage competition apparel we need to burn! And why? Because you can wear THIS instead. It's Animo's Livrea, an exquisite example of one of the spot-on style trends for our sport ... the embroidered competition jacket.
Our featured Animo Livrea show jacket is shown in Navy with contrasting embroidery and trim and we think it's to-die-for. If you like the look, check out Animo's newest embroidered coat, the Lover, and oooh is it ever ... And have to deviate for a second to tell you that ANIMO will be at DEVON this year! So SEEK OUT their booth. This is your chance to TRY ON some totally amazing STUFF.
The question now is: How do you accessorize a browband to complement a coat this elaborate?
SHADBELLY put browband designer Natalie Wolfer to the test. Natalie is an "emerging artist" so to speak, in Browband Couture and she was game for the challenge!
When I looked at the coat, I immediately thought of one of my favorite Swarovski Elements colors, Montana Blue. It's a really pretty, dusky blue that works on any color horse. I wanted the browband to be able to stand on its own as well, so I was careful to do something that would also work with a black coat. Since the coat makes a bold statement, I didn't want to do a ton of sparkle, I combined the Montana Blue crystals with a Blue Aventurine natural stone. I tied the look together with antiqued silver accents on a black wave shape leather browband.
- Natalie Wolfer of NW Custom Browbands
Bravo Natalie! We love how you picked up on the jacket's accent color with the brighter, Blue Aventurine natural stones. A coat like the Livrea deserves - no, it demands, strong accessories and Natalie, your design delivers!
Do you have the image of the perfect browband spinning around in your head? Go ahead and order one custom! Pricing for a NW browband is $85* plus shipping for custom orders. [*Even better - for a limited time Natalie is offering 10% off on orders to our readers, just mention SHADBELLY!]
Ok SHADBELLY readers, your turn. Send us your browband challenges (your horse's glorious mugshot, a statement jacket, a vintage stock pin, an inspiration color board, whatever) and we'll sweet-talk Natalie into to becoming a regular here on the blog.
- The SHADBELLY Team