I just watched a bit of the show but I thought the outfits were better that others I have seen in the past. I saw a gal in a nice suit and flats that was very nice. It really made the whole package look nice! Sometimes all I can do is look at the shoes and the outfits and laugh. They are soooo unflattering. It takes away from the dog because all you can look at are those feet going around in those shoes.
While we all try to look nice, showing dogs is not always a very clean thing with hair, dirt, grass, powder, poop and pee sometimes.
It is very fusttrating, as an exhibitor, to be judged by your clothing instead of the dogs. In other countries they have much more relaxed dress standards because it is all about the dog. I hate trying to find flats I can run in, wearing suit jackets in 90 degree weather in the burning sun. I do agree with wearing clothing that does not detract from your dogs color, but it is harder then it seems, espcally when showing multiple breeds or having to run at full speed.
Why don't they all just wear some sort of uniform. Like black slacks, black shoes and white tops or blouses? Then everyone would be the same, no distraction from the dogs and you wouldn't even notice how ugly the shoes are?
Because if I had a black dog I'd not want to wear black or white. It is not a unfiromed event, it is considered a "professional sport"
We are not unionized, we are not paid, we pay to enter. You CAN wear whatever you want, but it'd be looked down upon. You are entering into an unspoken rule area. Kind of like what you wear to church, rarely do they tell you but we all know what is and is not acceptable.
The reason there's no uniform is this. No one would be able to decide what color it should be. For example, you mention black and white. If you are wearing a white shirt and showing a white dog, it's impossible not to compare the white dog to the white shirt. Trust me, invariably, the white dog ends up looking dingy. Or yellowed. A black dog might look more brownish or rusty against black pants. In addition, even if the black dog matched the black pants perfectly, when running hte dog around the ring, a judge might have trouble distinguishing dog from pants and think that the dog was a funny mover or had a poor topline.
Oh, that does make sense what the two last posters said. There is alot more to it than the average person knows I guess. I did notice that the handler of the Chinese Crested was dressed sort of in the same colors as the dog, and I think she had big blonde hair, just like the dog. I remember getting a quick glimpse of her and chuckling to myself that she looked like the dog.
Toy dog people mostly have to worry about their mid calf down. They can wear whatever color they want. Sometimes the outfit can help make the dog. They need to worry about shoes a lot more. People are show snobs.
Me, I need to worry about pants and top. That is what is seen when my dogs are stacked adn gaiting.