Is there a happy medium between flared and painted on? Middle aged mommy headed back to H/Jland after years at the track, and then a brief layoff from horses all togther. I have 'outgrown' all my old breeches, the chaps zip but are scary looking. Going to have to have first ride at trainer's in khakis. Also going to show up in my Blunnies as DS shot my foot up another size, so paddock boots and field boots no longer fit.
Are there ANY breeches that aren't made to fit like second skin? I have seen some looser cut ones for men, but nothing for women
I think the Bradleys, while very nice, are quite tight. Maybe I'm just the wrong shape though, lol. I'm sure it depends on body-shape. I really like the RJ Classics. They have a 4-way stretch that is similar to the TS, but cheaper and they look great. They don't cling on to me at all (and I am curvy). I think these are them: http://www.rjclassics.com/dyn_prod.p...e%20Side%20Zip
I have a larger size, just so they will have a little extra room!
I am middle-aged also, and I second the RJ Classics Sterling mid-rise. I love them. Warning: they run big. I ordered a size smaller than I usually wear after reading all the reviews. They fit nicely, not skin-tight.
I hear you...the only ones I will wear are the tailored sportsman. You can get them in mid-rise or regular rise - my body was not made for low rise and I don't want skin tight breeches that make me feel like I'm wearing panty hose.
I bought a pair of FITS at a show because I somehow managed to forget my breeches (yes it is truly possible to do this). They were the only ones on the show grounds remotely close to my size and budget. Long story short they are now my favourite pair. Not low rise, not right under your ribs, not skin tight, not too loose. They are the kind with the black below the knees but I'm not sure what the style name is. They wash really well too. Next time I will go out and buy them on purpose, not just because my brain is on vacation.
Horse Country has some great looking ladies breeches, slightly flared with or without front pleats, I love the look, they appear very flattering. Their website is horsecountrylife.com and then you have to click on the Foxhunters Special Edition catalog on the right (says 2009) and go to page 30, they have several different styles ranging from $128 to $280. The website is a little tricky to negotiate, be patient.
I'm short and curvy and find the Riding Sport side zips are nice and roomy in the hip and thigh. They're a modified low rise, so coverage is really good in back and just at the waist/belly button in front. And the price is right! They're a nice heavy cotton knit, but only come in 3 colors, and do fade quite a bit. Frankly, for as comfortable as they are, I could care less about the color fading.
These Tuff Rider breeches are the MOST comfortable ones I own, and they feel very light-weight. I hate most breeches for feeling so tight and panty-hose like, but these are so incredibly comfortable and don't feel overly tight. They are also inexpensive! I even wear them for local shows. Their version of low-rise isn't terribly low-rise. It still offers full coverage, but sits just a bit lower than traditionally.
I also recommend trying the FITs knee patch (jumpline) breeches. I got some recently, like them better than anything else I've had, and I was a die-hard tailored sportsman fan (still think they're great, but these fit me better). Perfect rise, and when fitted in the waist still have just enough room in the thighs to look nice. Not snug, but also not baggy.
I went out and bought these too:
Ovation Ladies Taylored Euroweave DX Side Zip Hunt Breech
based on many COTH who loved them.
I got a pair on sale for 69.95 and I love them. A little baggy, i.e. not skin tight.
Nice pockets. Good materiel similar to TS but not as heavy feeling.
Very comfy and the materiel has more give than TS do.
Can't wait to buy another pair!
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You guys are awesome! Would definitely like to avoid paying $$$ now, because I am going back to VA at the end of the month and Horse Country is on my to do list. Why did flares ever go out of style? With all the threads with people knocking panty lines and fuller figures in painted on reeches, can't we bring the flares back? HC has such a nice selection of moderately flared breeches, but I want to try them on(dislcaimer: I am biased, I used to work there, really miss Christmas time at HC)
Going to suck it up and drive to the Dover today and take this list of suggestions with me. I'm long waisted, with decent birthing hips. The last time I tried breeches on, TS didn't fit at all, ended up with Rider's Choice, but the sands of time have shifted, so we will see.
Child # 2 also shot my feet up a size, so I get new boots : )Going to go with half chaps, and paddock boots for now and hit Mrs. Motion's for boots when I get back. DH is still puzzled on why I need a $600 helmet, but we will sort that out.