Friday, November 14, 2014

Prettier than Pikeur

After visiting the local Dover store and trying on every jacket, then heading to the regional dressage championships to try on even MORE jackets, I finally came to the realization that any jacket I bought would have to be tailored. I visited a local tailor, and she told me to find a jacket that fit me in the shoulders... anything else could be fixed.

After trying on so many different jackets by so many different manufacturers, I came to the conclusion that the technical fabric jackets just aren't for me.  I had tried on the Pikeur Diana and I really, really liked the smooth, crisp, professional look of the jacket. I figured I would find one in my shoulder size (turns out I'm a 10 in European sizing), order it, and have it fitted. But... BUT... I saw a beautiful brown Kingsland jacket at the dressage championships. It was too big for me in the shoulders, but GAWD it was just so pretty. The velvet collar and pockets, the detailing on the cuffs, and incredible Italian stretch wool looked so classy and was very comfortable to wear. It was also shorter that the Diana, but not super-short like a lot of the newer jackets are, so it didn't look odd on me.

Sooo, I found the Kingsland on sale, in black, and ordered it from the UK. Since the style was 2013, it was super-duper on sale, and even after I paid shipping AND for tailoring, it was a very good deal.

Vellllvet.

And y'all, this coat is just SO PRETTY. These pics don't do it justice, but I'll be wearing it next weekend at the year-end show so hopefully I'll get some better pics of it in action soon!

So classy-looking.

Pocket detail, and I love the little detail around the waist.

Even the cuffs are pretty!

"Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference". Yes, yes it does.

The whole thing.


Fitted perfectly!

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    1. The details are what got me. Too many coats are just blah.

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  2. Verrrrrrry pretty!
    You're gonna give a certain Reed Kessler a run for her money ;)

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    1. Pfft, not unless I start doing H/J!

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  3. So fancy! Smartpak had a kingsland coat on sale recently. I drooled over it!

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    1. Yeah, and they all got snapped up immediately if not sooner. No more Kingsland in the US, believe it or not!

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  4. It's gorgeous on you! Good luck at the show!

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  5. You'll look as lovely as Paddy is cute! ;D

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    1. If only I rode as nicely as the jacket looks, we'd be in business!

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  6. beautiful! that is one lovely coat, and the tailoring is perfect!

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    1. Thanks to everyone who said to get with a good tailor... otherwise I'd NEVER have gotten a coat!

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  7. Oh wow! It's gorgeous! And the fit is perfect.

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    1. The tailor worked WONDERS, because it looked sort of like a sack on me at first.

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  8. YES!! I love my Kingsland shad, the fabric is SO nice in the summer and I fit a light long sleeve under it for my last show in the colder weather. Can't wait to see it in action!

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    1. I think the shads are made of the same lightweight stretch Italian wool. That stuff is niiiiice, it really is. I'm super glad I found it, thanks to your recommendation!

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  9. That looks amazing! And I know I've told you all about my love affair with my Kingsland show shirt. They just make great stuff.

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    1. They do... just glad I didn't have to pay full price for it lol!

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  10. That looks amazing! I've been looking for a coat for 2015 and I just might have to try one on!

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    1. It's a super pretty coat, and the details just make it.

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    1. Thanks! The Pikeur Diana was a verrrry close second, I must admit.

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  12. I don't know how I missed this post! Beautiful coat ♡

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    1. Thanks! I'm thrilled to have finally found something!

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