I am planning on taking up hunting properly this year as I have bought a new horse. Before I only went occasionaly so I never bought all the correct attire. The hunt group I will be going with are not too strict (I wore hoodies/rain coats on previous hunts with them) however I would like to dress the part now that I intend on going regularly.
I went to TRI in the Curragh recently to try on some hunt coats. I tried on a Shires black one which was €200, however with my body protector underneath it looked hideous, plus I didn't find it very comfortable and I don't think it would be easy to ride in. I don't particularly want to spend that money on something that looks so awful.
They had tweed coats there for €140 which were a lighter material. From what I recall I think people always wore black or is tweed acceptable? It didn't look any better but at least its not quite as expensive and it was slightly more comfortable.
Ideally, I would like to wear a black quilted jacket but I guess this won't fit in, however I find that material far more flexible/comfortable for riding in.
I would not go on a hunt without a body protector so that isn't an option. I would appreciate any advice you might have on hunting attire.