So I’m getting a little personal here…since I was a kid, I’ve struggled with my weight. I’m built with wide hips, broad shoulders, and a DD chest, which can make it hard to find things that are flattering and fit right. Sun shirts are a struggle for me as they are meant to fit close to the body, and I generally feel very self-conscious in them.
Anique is a new brand of equestrian apparel designed to flatter every body type, including mine – yay! Owner/designer Kelly Artz wanted to create a super-comfortable, cooling, sun-protective shirt without sacrificing style, and these shirts really hit the mark. The venting is strategically placed not only for managing moisture, but also to create the look of slimmer lines.
The vent pattern on the back helps hide bra bulge, and along with the shoulder vents create the look of narrower shoulders. The vent under the bust combats under-boob sweat, and gives the girls a little definition.
The material is soft as silk (seriously, its SO soft and smooth), and is actually cooling – I’ve been wearing mine in 100 degree weather and they keep me as cool and dry as one can be in that kind of heat. They aren’t prone to snagging like other shirts either – that is a huge problem I have with Lululemon and Kastel. I love that these shirts are more fitted in the arms but not super clingy throughout the torso, and they have plenty of length to stay tucked in to breeches. They come in a beautiful array of colors, and the cherry on top is the rose gold zipper, which is so trendy and pretty.
At $119.95, these shirts are definitely on the high end of the price range, but they are worth it, especially if you ride outdoors in a hot climate. I’ve worn and washed mine a lot since I’ve received them, not only to test the durability but also because I just love them so much! Many washes and wears later, these shirts still look brand new. Anique’s sun shirts are my new go-to’s and I can’t wait to get more colors!
Disclosure: Anique Sun Shirts were provided for this review. All opinions in this review remain truthful and my own. Links are not sponsored.
Photos by Lyndsie Davis.