|Cuna had the right idea. As usual.|
And the primary kickback I got from readers was that they liked participating in the pomp and circumstance and tradition (bear with me) of the Victorian evening wear that is currently foisted upon us. It's "elegant" or something.
So here's my response: basketball players, alpine skiers, and even golfers get that same sense of belonging by dressing in their sport-appropriate garb. That idea of becoming part of something bigger than oneself is commendable and important, certainly. My argument isn't against that sort of uniformity, but rather redirecting the uniformity into something that makes more sense.
As illustration, here's the one and only Charlotte Dujadin riding a phenomenal young horse in a demonstration.
Charlotte is obviously an amazing rider and the horse is to die for, even if I can never sit his trot.
But that's not the point. I LOVE Charlotte's attire here. It's classy. It's comfortable. It blends the rider to the horse and keeps the focus on the performance. Isn't that the whole entire point of a sporting uniform? It's not about how much you spend or how perfect your body is--it's all about how that particular equipment allows you to perform your best in your given sport.
I was talking to a western pleasure rider some years back and she dropped this interesting comment: "All the riders used to wear black, but then they realized you can't tell 20k black from $20 black." So western pleasure moved away from black because it was too affordable and easy to emulate more expensive looks while spending less...
HELLO. THANK YOU.
|because my horse is cute|
As I see it, there are only upsides. Those of you who like spending lots of money can still do so. Those of us who think dressing like Victorian gentlemen (handraise) is an asinine way to spend a weekend if you're not at a steampunk conference will be happier. We look like athletes. We aren't in white spandex.
What exactly is the drawback here?