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johnnysauntie
Aug. 21, 2009, 08:34 AM
The breech/heel look has been officially sanctioned for fashionistas this fall. Once can purchase breech-looking leggings (http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3053351?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_pla=bottoms:women:pant&cm_ite=rag_%26_bone_rib_panel_leggings:262521&cm_ven=Froogle&mr:trackingCode=F45C74FE-D981-DE11-B712-001422107090&mr:referralID=NA)for the price of a nice pair of Pikeurs.

But dressage-inspired fashion doesn't stop there. I about choked on my Grape Nuts when I spotted a pair of D&G 'equestrian inspired' boots featuring a spur (that looked frankly like it might be too long by FEI standards) in September's issue of InStyle (pg 388).

I had no idea I was so cutting edge. Are clinging shavings and the occasional horse boogie appropriate accessories? (I hope so!)

scubed
Aug. 21, 2009, 08:59 AM
One of my very fashionable neighbors was surprised when I told him I ride. He thought the breeches I often walk down the street in were a sign of my high fashion, if you knew me, you would know how hysterical that thought is :winkgrin:

Icecapade
Aug. 21, 2009, 10:05 AM
I often hit the gym before or after I ride and walk in and out in breeches w/ flip flops or boots depending on if I'm coming or going...

also go watch my roommates Muy Thai and BJJ classes and have been just back from the barn and I always get shocked looks when I say I'm going to ride...

usually it goes..

... wait ride? ride what?

my horse.

you have a horse?

um yeah... the breeches w/ real knee patches, the horse sweat, the muddyshitcovered tall boots w/ nothign fancy on them that look like they are worn? ringing any bells?

um yeah no I thought you just dressed weird.
that means you must have a whip too huh?

yeah I do. And I'm gonna beat your ass for sounding like an idiot in a second.
<hand to forhead> SLAP

urban outfitters also had new 'riding/equestrian boots' bleck. so annoying.

Ames
Aug. 21, 2009, 10:18 AM
it gets better! In Lord and Taylor, the kids department has Polo brand "leggings" for girls - it's basically jods for a high price - ridiculous!

JRG
Aug. 21, 2009, 11:20 AM
When dog hair becomes fashionable, I am in.

whicker
Aug. 21, 2009, 12:07 PM
That is where tweed comes from!:lol:

lewin
Aug. 21, 2009, 12:36 PM
The aquarium store I buy supplies from is on the way home from the barn so I swing by while still in my full-seats. I was shocked when I realised that they thought I just wore funny pants. Not that I rode.

I need a T-shirt that says "These are my horse clothes."

Ambrey
Aug. 21, 2009, 12:39 PM
LOL, I go to the store on the way home from the barn all the time ("cares about her fashion image" is really not my middle name). One time a lady stared at me for a while, started to say something, didn't, and then finally said.... "so, are those like... for riding horses?" I was wearing my half chaps, lol!

merrygoround
Aug. 21, 2009, 03:38 PM
LOL, I go to the store on the way home from the barn all the time ("cares about her fashion image" is really not my middle name). One time a lady stared at me for a while, started to say something, didn't, and then finally said.... "so, are those like... for riding horses?" I was wearing my half chaps, lol!

You must admit they do look "different". :D

Trixie's mom
Aug. 21, 2009, 05:10 PM
i was in full seats and half chaps one day...a lady at the grocery store asked me if i climbed telephone poles for a living.

another day someone was looking at me strangely...i just casually stated that these pants give me better grip on the barstools at Chili's

Carol O
Aug. 21, 2009, 06:25 PM
My former trainer was visiting me from Holland. She was completely mortified that we would go shopping, and I would still be in my breeches. She would move just far enough away, so it was not obvious we were together.

hunter-eventer-hunter
Aug. 21, 2009, 06:32 PM
I wore my horsey outfit to the bike shop to pick up my new bicycle for road racing. Picture that: Breeches, boots and a bike helmet!

piaffequeen
Aug. 21, 2009, 07:26 PM
another day someone was looking at me strangely...i just casually stated that these pants give me better grip on the barstools at Chili's[/QUOTE]



:lol:

Tilly
Aug. 21, 2009, 08:14 PM
So does that mean I can just take my tall boots off, slap some stiletto heels on, and suddenly my navy plaid full seat breeches are in vogue? :lol:

anchorsaway
Aug. 21, 2009, 09:24 PM
My sophomore year in high school I was on my way to a lesson right after class.
So naturally, I changed and then walked to my car wearing tan breeches, a black polo and my dress boots. One of the upper class approached me and was like, "I LOVE your outfit! It's so fashion forward."

I replied,"Umm...I'm going to a riding lesson. But thanks?!"

Gap has a line of cute jeans that are 'breech inspired'. I was actually rather disappointed, I wanted them to be well..plain.

kahjul
Aug. 21, 2009, 09:40 PM
I live in a pretty horsey town, the other day I was in Pier 1 and there were 3 other women wearing full seat. Not fashion forward, but sweaty, ball caps, etc. I never change to shop-drives my husband a bit nuts sometimes, but it's the life!

Twigster
Aug. 21, 2009, 10:37 PM
At Abercrombie, they have the guts to call breeches the "perfect butt" pants!
http://www.abercrombie.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10901_524240_-1_12272_12203:lol:

Across Sicily
Aug. 21, 2009, 11:04 PM
I had to laugh... the other day I was reading Marie Claire or some other such magazine and they had a full page on "equestrian fashion". For the boots, they actually put Tuff Riders - the cheaper ones, for like $79. At least it's something genuine, right??

Who knew... all the different colored breeches I have are fashion forward!! Maybe I'll start dressing up in them :P

But nah... wouldn't want to get city crap all over my $500 boots.

anchorsaway
Aug. 21, 2009, 11:34 PM
At Abercrombie, they have the guts to call breeches the "perfect butt" pants!
http://www.abercrombie.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10901_524240_-1_12272_12203:lol:

LOL

Those are so hideous.

ThreeFigs
Aug. 22, 2009, 12:53 AM
I wouldn't mind them if they had a decent rise and were pegged. I don't think I'm in A & F's demographic, however.

Petstorejunkie
Aug. 22, 2009, 09:21 AM
ive learned not to go out in breeches and boots covered in snot unless im prepared to be hit on.
i never knew that horse boogers were so dang sexy.
yet if i actually have cleaned myself up...

im just glad i'm not single and donthave to peruse for a man in my barn clothes

Maya01
Aug. 22, 2009, 10:18 AM
i was in full seats and half chaps one day...a lady at the grocery store asked me if i climbed telephone poles for a living.

another day someone was looking at me strangely...i just casually stated that these pants give me better grip on the barstools at Chili's

:lol: :lol::lol:

I just get funny looks in the grocery store with my full seats, tall boots and a green slobbered t-shirt.

I also went to a math tutoring session with several of my classmates in my show clothes once. My overly fashionable tutor sincerely thought I was sporting the latest trend (I guess she thought smelling like garbage, with a white buttoned down shirt tucked into white full-seats and blue knee high socks and Birkenstock sandals was the latest trend *shrug* Another thing to add to my ever-expanding list of things I will nver understand!)

Roan
Aug. 22, 2009, 11:07 AM
I live in a pretty horsey town, the other day I was in Pier 1 and there were 3 other women wearing full seat. Not fashion forward, but sweaty, ball caps, etc. I never change to shop-drives my husband a bit nuts sometimes, but it's the life!

It's like that out here, too. It's not unusual to walk into Harris Teeter -- grocery store, lot full of Jags, SUVs and other high dollar cars -- or Starbucks or any other place like that and see women wearing half chaps and boots, usually with younger kids in tow. I've seen the odd guy dressed as thus as well.

Eileen

whicker
Aug. 22, 2009, 12:37 PM
Roan,

We have lots of poeple of all ages shopping in riding gear, especially during foxhunting season. That's why we live in Virginia hunt country horse Mecca. It is interesting to go into the expensive uber upscale stores in Tyson's Corner and discover that the Polo version of riding clothes are many times more expensive than the real and they don't function either. i feel for the wannabes. We are soo lucky to know the joy that comes from the real horsey life.

Roan
Aug. 22, 2009, 05:41 PM
We have lots of poeple of all ages shopping in riding gear, especially during foxhunting season. That's why we live in Virginia hunt country horse Mecca. It is interesting to go into the expensive uber upscale stores in Tyson's Corner and discover that the Polo version of riding clothes are many times more expensive than the real and they don't function either. i feel for the wannabes. We are soo lucky to know the joy that comes from the real horsey life.

I would have to agree.

Eileen

horsegalriding
Aug. 22, 2009, 09:28 PM
A couple years ago I was in the grocery store check-out line and someone behind me asked about what I was wearing. I told them I had been riding and they said "motorcycle?" I had just turned 65, so I took it as a compliment!

ThreeFigs
Aug. 22, 2009, 09:31 PM
I get asked if the breeches are clothes for skiing or bicycling, depending on the season. Only a few "get" the connection with horseback riding in Aurora. Down around Parker, it's more common to see riders out & about in their riding clothes.

Gee, you'd think the smell is a dead giveaway...

Horseymama
Aug. 22, 2009, 10:00 PM
There's a group on Facebook called: "I Wear My Riding Breeches in Public and get Awkward Stares." I'm a member!

I went into a Starbucks after a day after the last horse show in my white pants (all dirty) and tall boots and got THREE comments in less than 10 minutes of the "where's yer horse?" type. I think I need a t-shirt that says: " My Horse is Going to be Up Your A** if You Don't Stop Staring!"

Roan
Aug. 22, 2009, 10:16 PM
There's a group on Facebook called: "I Wear My Riding Breeches in Public and get Awkward Stares." I'm a member!. . .

Thank you! I just joined :D

Eileen

Ambrey
Aug. 22, 2009, 10:27 PM
Thank you! I just joined :D

Eileen

LOL, me too! There are 2000 members!

midkniggit
Aug. 24, 2009, 03:04 PM
yeah, I just joined too and sent the link to some friends. I am absolutely terrible about stopping at the store on my way back from the barn - all sweaty and covered in horse hair :lol:

ThreeFigs
Aug. 24, 2009, 03:12 PM
Still, even covered with horse hair and stains, horse people look better than the kids wearing saggy pants & ballcaps on backwards.

swgarasu
Aug. 24, 2009, 04:29 PM
Does anyone remember, like 20 years ago, The Limited sold breech look alikes, with knee patches, no less? I always find it funny to see "riding boots" which have skinny heels and zippers (and no support). My mom always thought riding clothes were uber fashionable.... :)
I remember being so excited when I saw Ariats at some dept stores, I was thinking I wouldn't have to travel to a tack shop for paddock boots... sadly they don't usually sell the paddock boots there.

Trevelyan96
Aug. 24, 2009, 06:32 PM
Roan,

We have lots of poeple of all ages shopping in riding gear, especially during foxhunting season. That's why we live in Virginia hunt country horse Mecca. It is interesting to go into the expensive uber upscale stores in Tyson's Corner and discover that the Polo version of riding clothes are many times more expensive than the real and they don't function either. i feel for the wannabes. We are soo lucky to know the joy that comes from the real horsey life.

Not to mention we also know where to get authentic, functional riding clothes at 1/3 the price, LOL! :lol::lol:

SmartAlex
Aug. 26, 2009, 11:42 AM
And now the britches and high heels are on the cover of the latest Talbots...

Actually, this Talbots catalog needs to go in my recycle bin right away! I like too many things.... not to mention the lovely ideas for accessorizing my breeches so I don't look so dumb standing in line at Subway. I need a hunt scarf (http://www1.talbots.com/online/browse/product_details.jsp?id=prdi23147&mode=search&backurl=%2Fonline%2Fsearch%2FsearchResults.jsp%3Fq uestion%3Dhunt%26trail%3D%26pageNum%3D0%26addFacet %3DSRCH%253Ahunt%26removeFacet%3D) :yes: to disguise my helmet head.

ShayDarra
Aug. 26, 2009, 11:51 AM
Ditto the danger in keeping the Talbots catalog! Lots of great looking things in this one. But if you have horses, where's the money for fab clothes??

SD

SmartAlex
Aug. 26, 2009, 12:01 PM
Gone... spent... I just bought hay, a set of panel caps for our pipe panels, and ordered replacements for everything the horses destroyed this month... So that's ummm like $1100. But still, I loff the quilted trench coat and the argyle vest... :sadsmile: and the... oh nevermind. :(

LegoMyMego
Aug. 26, 2009, 12:26 PM
...this is why I loved living in Wellington.

Especially during the winter....go into Starbucks at Wellington Green and the people who look out of place are those NOT wearing breeches!

But even all year round down there, no one gives you funny looks for dressing like you ride.

Holly Jeanne
Aug. 26, 2009, 12:54 PM
Finally something I can use my white full-seats for. I bought them to show in a couple of years ago but still haven't shown.

Another advantage to living in KY. Not many people bother to stare at you when you are out in riding clothes and they all know what they are. :lol:

My former instructor from PA came to visit one time. She went into a convenience store in her grungies on the way to Rolex. She was amazed that no one even did a second take.

Brown Horse
Aug. 26, 2009, 02:06 PM
I get tons of weird looks. Maybe if I brought some flats or heels with me to stop by Subway/Wal-Mart on the way home from the barn I'd be fashionable..but wait, the dye from my half chaps, the slobber and dirt, the iodine and epsom salt stains, the horse hair, the mixed scent of garlic, sweat, and poop! I don't think all that comes with the "breeches" they sell in Nordstrom...

If people are brave enough to come and ask me about it, they usually ask if I'm a jockey (I'm nearly 5'8"...) and I just say yes to keep things simple :p

Vesper Sparrow
Aug. 26, 2009, 05:37 PM
If the innocents buying "equestrian" outfits really knew what most "equestrians" looked like, they'd run away screaming. They certainly would if they saw me with my breeches, big clunky running shoes and pink "horsie" socks or, alternately, mismatched socks. Particularly in the summer with the sweat and helmet head...

On the other hand, I have friends who manage to never get dirty when they ride. Don't know how they do it.

Donkey
Aug. 26, 2009, 06:23 PM
I want to know if the obviously too short breech look will also be considered fashion forward? Since Longs are never long enough.... I'm thankful for boots and knee high socks.

whicker
Aug. 26, 2009, 06:28 PM
Maybe they just APPEAR to ride:winkgrin::lol:

I mean, teflon can only go so far and then things get too slippery. I suspect a groom or a previous secret rendevous with the horsie and the brush/vaccuum.

The ones that I really wonder about have perfect dragon lady finger nails, while they are riding. If they ride a very short time and use a personal air conditioner, then they won't "glow" or muss their hair.

I knew a few foxhunt ladies who like to appear to ride for the society mags and tv shows. The false eyelashes were my favorite part. They get caught in one's face net of the top hat :lol::lol:

The other favorite memory is when one of them fetchingly raised her face net far enough to take a sip out of a silver stirrup cup. she smiled gracefully as the net made a Simon La Rue mustache in black.

Vesper Sparrow
Aug. 26, 2009, 09:34 PM
No, they actually do ride--I've seen it. And they manage to have very long fingernails.

Either they're riding in a parallel universe or they have a special force field around them to keep them clean.

Balloon
Aug. 27, 2009, 07:04 PM
And now the britches and high heels are on the cover of the latest Talbots...

Actually, this Talbots catalog needs to go in my recycle bin right away! I like too many things.... not to mention the lovely ideas for accessorizing my breeches so I don't look so dumb standing in line at Subway. I need a hunt scarf to disguise my helmet head.

"Our Equestrian design alludes to landed gentry and country manors."

:lol::lol::lol:

pattnic
Aug. 31, 2009, 09:45 PM
I just got a job at Victoria's Secret... I am sorely tempted to rock black breeches with a white button-up and a black jacket to work! (Complete with boots, course... haven't decided yet if I would do my "fashion" boots, or my Ariat Crownes)

Sunsets
Aug. 31, 2009, 11:06 PM
Does anyone remember, like 20 years ago, The Limited sold breech look alikes, with knee patches, no less?

Yes! A friend of mine gave me a pair she outgrew. Tan courderoy-like texture with self-patches. I still use them as 'real' riding breeches. They are actually really flattering.

Abby Kogler
Sep. 1, 2009, 10:28 AM
Y'all are keeracking me up!!!

I am in San Diego now and everybody rides here so I never get a second look. I certainly did when I lived in North Carolina and in Western MA. I had been running late one afternoon and had run the girls to their swimming lesson ( this was in Greensboro, NC) I saw myself in the mirror at the pool and had not realized how filthy I really was..had mud on my face even. One of the loved Country Club moms tried hard not to stare but finally asked me, in the nicest southern bell voice..'what..is it..that you ...do?' I wanted to say 'Ditchdigger!' but just said I had horses. She was very kind.

I was riding at the Santa Barbara Turkey show (hj, in November; always a mudfest) and ran into the market for something. I felt a tug on my sleeve and there was this tiny old woman...'here dear..take this..' and she gave me a couple of dollars. She thought I was homeless >;->

Now I never worry about what I look like when I go out..there will usually be someone dirtier than me. Hee! Its great to live here where I fit it.

Abby