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Essex Classics Talent Yarn Shirt - Longsleeve

Essex Classics
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The Essex Classics Talent Yarn Shirt – Long Sleeve shirt features innovative fabrics and styling to bring you the perfect combination of classic looks and unparalleled performance in the show ring. Machine wash cold. Dry low.

Favorite Features

  • Innovative nanotechnology reduces your body temperature, keeping you cool and refreshed
  • Naturally smarter shirts are antibacterial, deodorizing, and moisture wicking to keep you dry, comfortable and fresh 
  • Under sleeve mesh ventilation panels
  • UV sun protection helps keep your skin safe from the damaging sun 
  • Wrap collar with snaps, a tapered body fit with back darts, and natural comfort stretch brings you a comfortable performance shirt with a classic look 
  • Pullover snap collar and cuffs and contrasting fabric trim detail adds a hint of modern stylish flare


Sizing It Up 

XS (30)
S (32-34)
M (36-38)
L (40)
XL (42-44)

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    Essex Classics Talent Yarn Shirt - Longsleeve is rated 4.8485 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was disappointed once again ordering a show shirt online or via catalog. The shirt was too see-through, as they so often are, and too clingy. There are actually women over the age of 18 who ride and would like a stylish shirt. From here on out, I'll only buy a show shirt from a walk-in store so I know exactly what I'm getting.
    Date published: 2015-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Favorite show shirt, definitely worth the money! The vents are great when you aren't wearing a jacket and it's super light weight.
    Date published: 2015-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, breathable show shirt This is definitely one of the best show shirts I have ever owned. It is extremely breathable with the under arm mesh vents. The white color is not see through either. It also came clean very easy after washing it. I would HIGHLY recommend. I am 5'6" and about 145 lbs and the medium fit me very well. I can't rate on the durability yet because I have only wore it and washed it once, but I am sure it will last several years.
    Date published: 2015-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy this show shirt! This hands down the best show shirt I have ever owned. Completely breathable and not see-through at all, I didn't want to take it off! The fit is great and flattering, I am 5'5" and 120 lbs and a small worked great for me. The collar patterns are very fun as well. I especially loved that it doesn't button all the way down, it just feels much more flattering when you walk around without your coat on. Get this shirt – you will not be disappointed!
    Date published: 2015-05-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfortable! I bought this shirt for an IHSA show, and it's the first "nice" show shirt I've ever owned. Love how it's not a full button up, and how ventilated it is. wish I was eventing still so I could wear it through the summer!
    Date published: 2015-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and style! I have worn this shirt a couple of times and I really love it! It's not see through at all, very comfortable in warmer and cooler weather and I really like the quick snap closures on the sleeves and collar. I originally bought an xs based on some of the reviews but decided to return it and get the small instead. (I am 5'2, athletic build, 32 b/c) The price tag is high in my opinion but I absolutely recommend this shirt!
    Date published: 2015-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic show shirt! This shirt fits great and looks nice. I had ordered another brand shirt previously and found the fabric to be too transparent. This shirt is not see-through, yet still feels cool. I haven't yet worn it during a not Texas summer, though.
    Date published: 2015-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit and classic style I bought this shirt for my daughter to finish up the show year and to wear into next season. She appreciates the comfort and fun detail on the collar. I know this will be a staple in her show attire come spring.
    Date published: 2014-11-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the $$ I can't say enough good things about this shirt. The fabric is technical and breathable but still looks tailored and neat. I think the designs on the collar and cuffs are adorable and I like the quarter button-up. I was a little hesitant to spend the money but it was honestly worth it and I'll likely end up springing for another one over the summer!
    Date published: 2014-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST show shirt! This is the best show shirt I've tried. The side panels help you keep cool and avoid bunching in your show jacket. It looks great on, has a slim waisted fit.
    Date published: 2014-09-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I bought this a week before a show and smartpack was amazing with their quick shipping!! I love the shirt, the coolmax is the best show shirt to buy on the market, they even come with cool collars!!
    Date published: 2014-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Just wore it for the first time, sooo comfortable!
    Date published: 2014-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go to shirt I bought this shirt on a whim and so glad I did. The snap closures are awesome; no more one-handed buttoning! When showing on days that are jacket optional due to weather (even though you would stay perfectly cool in this and a coat) or without a coat in the jumpers, the lack of buttons all the way down keep it very flattering and neat looking. Washes great.I love it. And you need one, too.
    Date published: 2014-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best show shirt ever-I will never go back to the old school detached chokers!
    Date published: 2014-07-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great shirt! I bought this shirt because I get migraines easily when I get overheated. Showing in the summer in CA can easily lead to getting overheated for me. I decided to invest in a quality soft shell jacket and some cooling show shirts. I have a couple of Tailored Sportsman Coolmax shirts, but when I couldn't find them this season, I decided to try the talent yarn shirt. I love it. I haven't shown in it yet, but the quality seams similar to my TS shirts and they have held up great. I love the mesh underarms (would be extra nice if there were mesh side panels too...) and the snap collar. I will definitely be getting a couple more of these shirts (I loved the first one so much I bought another one). I wear a 4/6 in street clothes and a 36 in the TS Coolmax show shirt. I bought a Medium in this shirt and it fits perfectly. Maybe a tiny bit big in the waist, but it fits my shoulders just right. I am excited to add it to my show wardrobe.
    Date published: 2014-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice shirt Very nice shirt- easy to wash, wear, keeps as cool as possible. Fits well-
    Date published: 2014-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfiest show shirt EVER! Breathable, flattering, and stretchy. About time they started making clothes for riders that treat us like athletes! I've been coveting this shirt for some time but finally decided to bite the bullet and order it - so glad I did. Not going to rate durability since I just received the shirt and haven't ridden in it yet, but it seems like it'll hold up all right.
    Date published: 2014-05-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best shirt for shows! this is the 4th Essex Classics Talent Yarn shirt I have purchased and love them all - they fit great under any jacket, wash well and always look great. Definitely recommend!
    Date published: 2014-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfy I had been wanting a shirt like this and was thrilled when you put it on sale. I ordered it and received it right away. It feels fabulous and looks great too. I highly recommend this shirt.
    Date published: 2014-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable Show Shirt I have purchased several of these shirts. My daughter loves them. They are very comfortable.
    Date published: 2014-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't want to wear anything else! I love this shirt so much. I am definitely purchasing more. Maybe one in every color? I can't say enough good things about it. It is so comfortable and cool. Best shirt ever!
    Date published: 2013-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best purchase ever great shirt, really comfortable and it is stretchy. It really keeps you cool
    Date published: 2013-08-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great show shirt - Essex Classics Talent Yarn Shir Nice fitting, like slipping on a polo shirt! Vented arms are great for hot weather showing. Would by additional.Again, can't say enough for Smartpak's quick shipping and stock!!
    Date published: 2013-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Shirt for the Heat I normally show in short sleeve shirts in the summer because I overheat very quickly. I finally decided to get a summer long sleeve shirt because its a "more professional look". This shirt is awesome for the summer heat & I was not dripping sweat like I normally would in a long sleeve shirt! I liked this show shirt so much I only showed in this shirt for a whole week rather than using my other ones! It washes very well (I washed it every day after I rode in it). I cannot say enough good things about this shirt!
    Date published: 2013-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Show Shirt for Hot Weather This show shirt was a great score for riding in the Florida heat. I'm usually roasting under my show coat while warming up for my class and this shirt really kept me cool. The mesh under arm panels help keep air circulating and the material is light and breathable. Not sure how durable this shirt is yet because I've only worn it once but it did wash nicely. I didn't put it in the dryer, just layed it flat to dry. A bit on the pricey side, however, for me it was worth every penny to stay cool!
    Date published: 2013-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot Weather Show Shirt Great shirt for warm weather showing. Venting runs underneath the arms and fabric is lightweight. This one sold out quick! Really glad when Smartpak got some more of these in! My daughters won't wear anything else in the summer.
    Date published: 2013-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from really nice shirt! Love the details with the collar and cuffs and the slim fitting arms to avoid bulk under a soft shell. I wear a 36 in most shirts and ordered the Medium. The fit is fine, wish the arms were a tad longer but overall a really nice shirt!
    Date published: 2013-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable & Stylish! Just got this shirt the other day and I am completely loving it! The cuffs and collar are the traditional wool material but the rest of the shirt is technical fabrics with vent/mesh in the underarms to stay cooler in the summer heat. I think the look is more flattering under coats as well! Can't comment on durability yet. The shirt runs a tad large, I got a small and it was long and not too tight. Overall, super thrilled with this purchase I want to replace all of my exsisting shirts with these!
    Date published: 2013-03-17
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