First off- I know that my last review was also a show shirt. So sorry. Really I am, I have other things in my queue to be reviewed, but I was really excited to wear this shirt, and happened to have help at the barn to take pics, and it happened to be a beautiful day so…2 show shirt reviews in a row it is!
So I first ‘discovered’ this shirt when I went to watch my friend S show this past spring and she had it, which isn’t surprising because she has great taste. I instantly coveted it, and really wanted one, but my budget was firmly saying no at the time. During Rio’s latest recovery, money was tight for awhile, but I eventually got the check from his insurance (they covered 100% of his surgery, no joke), so I decided to splurge on this shirt. It came from In the Irons- a small but adorable boutique in Boerne, TX. SmartPak also sells them.
“The Ariat™ Marquis Show Top is classically styled to be the ideal shirt to compete in. With its clean lines and crisp look, you’ll feel sharp in the show ring. Made from a Micro Tek knit fabric, the shirt places emphasis on comfort and practicality.”
- Sun protection fabric
- Moisture Movement Technology (for quick drying)
- Magnetic collar closure
- Lace pattern vented sleeves
- Snap closures at wrists
- Icefil technology to keep you cool
I am a small in most show shirts, 32/34 in Essex signature shirts, S/M in Kastel, and 28 breeches in TS. Street size 4/6. I got a small in this shirt and it fits great. ONLY tiny drawback on the fit for me is the sleeves I am a 6 ft tall giant with crazy long legs and arms and the sleeves could be a touch longer for me, but I am sure they would fit basically everyone else just fine.
SO SOFT AND STRETCHY. Seriously, it feels very luxurious. Definitely feels like I could wear it during Texas summers and be just fine. Love the magnetic collar, and the lace underarms are super cute but also appear to be very durable. Cas also green-slimed my sleeve in a few places and it washed out perfectly. The white is super bright and seems like that kind of fabric that will stay really white and not get dingy.
The slightly short sleeves is a small con for me, but I struggle with this issue in basically every brand. Definitely didn’t deter me from purchasing the shirt. The other con is price. MSRP is $99 which IMO is a little pricey for a shirt. I LOVE this shirt though- so it definitely fell into the splurge category and I don’t regret it one iota. If you can find it on sale, I would 100% say go for it. If you want to give a fellow equestrian a lovely gift in the $100 price range, this shirt would definitely fit the bill. You can use this shirt for everyday, clinics, or shows, so it’s super versatile.
- Wide noseband Edgewood Bridle from Quail Hollow Tack and owned by MM
- DeNiro boots
- Ovation navy belt
- Tailored Sportsman breeches
***HUGE thank you to MM and Reagan for helping with the impromptu photoshoot, and Reagan for letting me use Cas! (Rio was super dirty and not photoshoot ready)**