I have been meaning to write about both of these new additions to my wardrobe for a bit now,so this weekend I figured I would just wear them together and combine the reviews.
Romfh Long Sleeve Lace Show Shirt
The shirt is the Romfh Long Sleeve Lace Show Shirt which I got on sale from Smartpak for $45. I have been wanting it for about a year, but refused to pay $73 for a shirt I didn’t plan on showing in. I have plenty of show shirts and I just wanted a fun white shirt to school in. $45 is still a bit pricey for a schooling shirt IMO but I really had been eyeing this one for a year but I finally jumped on it.
Well… I’m a bit disappointed. When I opened it I was immediately a bit let down by the fabric which gave the overall impression of slightly cheap. Cheap might be a but harsh, but it definitely didn’t scream quality. I reminded myself that at least I got it on sale and pulled it over my head. Ugh. More disappointment. It doesn’t fit me very well. If you are 5’3 you will probably love it. At 5’11, I look a tiny bit silly in it. It’s short in the torso (barely tucks into my breeches) and even shorter in the arms. My wrists were very embarrassed, but I assured them that showing skin is what all the young people do these days.
But, it really is cute. The lace on the arms is totally adorable and the shirt has some nice embroidered details. It washes really well, and is still a nice bright white after several wears. Although I didn’t love the the fabric at first, I do appreciate that aspect. The overall weight is a bit heavier then your typical sun shirt, although the description claims that is has all the features as the Romfh ChillFactor sun shirts. I wouldn’t wear it on the hottest days, but as long as the temp isn’t terrible (mid 80’s or below) it is fine.
Another thing I am not thrilled about is the HUGE stock-tie holder on the back of the collar. This makes the shirt less functional for h/j and show jumping riders, who don’t wear a stock tie (unless you’re in a derby). Like… maybe make it more subtle? Or removable? I may cut it off, but it will leave the silver snaps visible. I just feel like they are limiting their market with this feature.
Overall, I would rate this shirt a C. It’s not a great fit on me, but I did decide to keep it since I like the style and don’t mind slightly short sleeves. I would have likely returned it if I had paid full price though If you are petite you would probably love this shirt. Fyi, if you are on the fence about the size I would size up. I got a small and it’s a bit snugger then I would normally expect. If you are somewhat in between sizes, I would size up.
SP Hadley Breeches
I have been wanting the Hadley breeches since SP first released them. I was immediately drawn to the more traditional appearance of them in comparison to the Pipers. Don’t get me wrong, the Pipers are very fun, I’m just a boring traditionalist at heart. Since I already have a ridiculous number of breeches, I didn’t get them right away. When I saw them go on clearance, and then a one day flash sale for 30% off Hadley on top of the clearance price, I couldn’t resist. I picked these up for the grand total of $42.
I read on the SP reviews that they run a tiny bit on the small side, and I would have to agree with that. I got the same size that I wear in Tailoreds, a 28L, and they are tiny bit snugger in the waist then my Tailoreds, but not enough that I would size up. The fit is still comfy, and I like the rise ok. SP advertises them as a mid-rise, but if you are a true mid-rise lover the might be a hair low on low on the rise for you. I feel like my mid-rise Tailoreds are a bit higher than these, and I find myself wanting to pull them up just a hair more then they naturally want to sit. Maybe if I had sized up then the rise would be better on me, not sure.
Although it may sound like I have a lot of fit issues with them, I actually find them quite comfortable. The fabric is really nice, definitely comparable to higher-end breeches. They have two back pockets that zip, which are deep enough to fit an entire smartphone without fear of it falling out. Initially, I felt like the butt pockets felt kind of obtrusive/ bunchy on my bum, but after wearing them a few times and seeing how handy the pockets are, I think I’m willing to accept the extra bulk back there for the convenience factor. I find myself reaching for them first, knowing that I can put my phone in my pocket and ride with it like that. I often hack alone during the week in the evenings, so it’s an easy way to keep my phone on me for safety.
The color of these Hadley breeches is called Dark Spruce on the SP site, but they look very grey in the stock photo. I honestly didn’t pay attention to the color name, and just assumed I was getting gray breeches. When I open them I was a bit perplexed, as they do look grey, but also have a hint of green or blue. I asked three different people at the barn what color they would say the breeches are, and no one said they thought they looked green. It was a combination of grey or grayish blue. If you want true green breeches, Dark Spruce is not the color for you. If you don’t really care what color they are, besides being pretty & conservative, then I would recommend these. I honestly don’t know if they are green or blue, and it doesn’t make a difference to me. I actually quite like the color.
Would I pay full price for these ($120)? No. I would definitely grab another pair during a good sale though. For $42 these are a phenomenal deal. I would get more for $65 too. Maybe even $75 if it was a color I really wanted. Probably not more then that though. So if you can get these on sale, I would highly recommend them!
Has anyone else tried either of these products and have an opinion on them? Would love to hear what you loved/hated. Any questions?