I have a co-worker who is much cooler than I am, and subsequently teaches me all kinds of slang the cool kids are saying these days. I find this hilarious, because the slang is so stupid. An example of this is “On Fleek” which means on point / ready to go / cool / I’m not sure I’m too old for this stuff.
I think originally it had something to do with eyebrows, but since it’s stupid and hilarious to me I now say it all the time.
So for the purposes of this post, these bonnets are on fleek!
In the jumper rings at Pin Oak, there were three accessories that every “in” rider sported – an Ogilvy half pad, a Euro (Animo) soft shell coat and a fancy bonnet. Since I can only make/afford one out of these three items… we’ll concentrate on bonnets.
De La Coeur reigned supreme here, but before you get all depressed that you can’t afford a $150 bonnet… don’t lose hope. There was a large variety of jumper bonnets.
The classic black bonnet with silver sparkles always look beautiful, but sparkles equal money. I actually saw more bonnets that I suspect are DLC or DLC knock offs without sparkles than I did with. Sometimes less is more, and a DLC bonnet without bling is closer to the $100 mark… which is a tad easier to swallow.
More important than sparkles and trim is the fit of your bonnet. First off – no strings. If your bonnet has a string… cut it off! I promise, it
won’t probably won’t fall off.
Second, make sure you get the right size. The style right now is to have the bonnet come several inches below the brow band before it dips down in the middle. The trim also starts above the eye, but typically doesn’t go all the way around to the ears. If the fit of your bonnet is off, the overall look is going to hurt.
If you want to add something special to your bonnet without the cost of bling, bonnet charms are a great option. You typically see them clipped on around the ear, but sometimes people want a more front and center placement.
Scalloped edges seem to be the least popular choice in bonnet trim, but they do add some drama without covering your ponykins in sparkles.
Color wise, majority of these are black or navy. I did see some grey/charcoal ones, but honestly didn’t think they looked good on certain colors of horse. One bright pink bonnet stood out in the crowd, and at first I admit I did a little “ugh!”. Then I realized it was embroidered with the Breast Cancer support ribbon, and I judged myself for judging the pink.
For other types of embroidery, monograms are pretty much out. I did see some farm logo embroidery around, which looks nice but not really my style.
Now these were all bonnets that I identified (and I could be wrong!) as DLC or a similar hand made quality… but what about the rest of us? You don’t need a $150 bonnet to play with this look.
There are tons of pre-made, store bought bonnets out there at different price ranges. I’ve tried several, and some blend in more than others.
Pessoa makes a bling bonnet that is around $50, but it’s a lot bigger and floppier than I like. It looks pretty nice on this black horse though!
My favorite shelf bonnet was also the favorite bonnet at this show. It’s the KL Select fly veil and will cost you between $20-$25 depending on where you find it. SmartPak carries this bonnet now in a few colors, and you can tell because several people had the black one on at the show.
A great way to make this bonnet unique is to add embroidery or change the trim up. I’ve added sparkles to both of my KL Select bonnets, and I know that Dandyism replaced the trim on her’s completely.
These were my bonnet observations after spending a half day at Pin Oak. While I still don’t have the budget for a fancy sparkled DLC, I play to work on my crochet skills until I can copy it dead on. We all know that Simon’s bonnet needs to be on fleek!