Show shirts are a necessary evil when you are horse showing. For the longest time we were stuck wearing fabrics with no stretch and no ventilation which made showing in the warmer months an absolute nightmare. Show shirts have come along way from button-up rat-catchers and unflattering fits, but the prices appear to have escalated with the change in style. To help you stock up on basics that will last without breaking the bank, I have rounded up some of my favorite budget-friendly show shirts that get the job done without compromising your comfort or wallet.
Ariat SunStopper Show Shirt
When shopping for a show shirt, I wanted one that felt like it could breathe. As a huge fan of sunshirts, I knew I would love the Ariat SunStopper Show Shirt. Built like a sunshirt, this show shirt features mesh panels beneath the arms and is constructed out of a technical fabric with athletes in mind. While the collar might seem to be a bit behind on the times, I don’t mind it because the overall fit of this shirt is super flattering and easy to wear. You can snag this shirt from Dover for $49.95.
Romfh Lace Long Sleeve Show Shirt
If you are like me, sometimes it is hard to be just another girl in a sea of blue coats and white show shirts. This Romfh Show Shirt shirt helps you ‘fit the mold’ while still standing out in your own way. I LOVE the lace detailing under the arms and on the collar. Not only does it help provide some ventilation on warmer days, but it is super classy and unique. The zip-up neck is so much more comfortable than the traditional wrap-around options and the cool-touch fabric helps to keep you comfortable when the temps are high. This shirt does rank a bit higher on today’s price point at $72.95, but all-in-all it is a lot cheaper than some of the other options on the market.
GHM Ladies Champion L/S Show Shirt
What is better than a show shirt approved by the legend George Morris himself? I wasn’t sure what to think when I heard that a George-inspired clothing line would soon be hitting the shelves, but I was pleasantly surprised. These shirts are really nicely made and pretty darn comfortable. They are not the most breathable fabric, but they are very comfortable for fall and winter. I really admire the snap collar and the contrasting colors! Regularly $59.95, you can purchase your own GHM inspired attire for 30% off on horse.com.
Noble Outfitters Victoria Ladies Show Shirt
I can honestly say I have never been disappointed by a product made by Noble Outfitters. From their breeches to their riding gloves and everything in between, I have always been impressed by the quality and the price-point of their apparel. While this show shirt is the most expensive of my choices today, it is a great investment piece that will not leave you crying into your wallet at the end of the day. This fashion-forward show shirt has everything I look for in a garment: athlete approved fabric, a neck that won’t make you feel like you are choking, a dash of pizzazz and a price that doesn’t make me cringe. For $79.95 you get a show shirt with gorgeous mesh detailing that keeps you feeling cool and looking cool in the show ring.
Tredstep Ladies’ Symphony Paris Shirt
SALE ALERT! Normally this shirt by Tredstep would not have made the cut, but Dover Saddlery has it on sale for $59.99, making it a steal! I love everything about this shirt and it’s new, reduced price makes it even better. As of now Dover has plenty of stock, but you better act quick. Who knows how long this shirt will last at this bargain price.
So go forth and conquer fellow budget-conscious equestrians! Remember, it isn’t about the tag attached to your apparel, it’s about the connection you have with your horse. Be sure to check back in with JN for the followup pieces in this series that will feature our favorite budget-friendly show shirts, jackets and more. And if you have a suggested item, be sure to leave us a comment or shoot us an email so we can check it out!