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  1. #1
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    Default FRONT Zip Breeches?

    I was always taught that side-zip was for girls, and front-zip for boys. Is this true? My new show breeches arrived yesterday with a front zip, and I need to know if I should return them...



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    No I have both side and front, I'm sure it's just what people are more comfortable with


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    Nope – not true. I started riding in the 1980’s everyone wore front zip. I do not remember seeing side zip until the mid 1990’s.

    Many women's breeches come in front zip - in fact, I own only one pair of side zip, the rest are all front zips.


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    I have both -- the only thing I don't like about my front-zip Trophy Hunters is that the pieces of metal backing the slide closures catch me in the stomach and pinch me.


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    Nope, women's breeches come in both front zip and side zip. The difference between men's and women's breeches is the pockets - men's have back pockets, women's don't.


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    Yep, the pockets make the difference.

    BUT, I don't think men breeches ever have side zip....


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    Its all your preference. I think side zips are more popular for H/J ring. I prefer the look, personally.



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    Most breeches with the eurocut, which seems to be what is popular now, are front zip.



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    I only have one pair of side-zips, and frankly I prefer front zips! So nope, no need to send them back if you like 'em :-)


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    Thank you all for your replies! I'll be keeping them, because, after all, if I don't win because of the placement of the zipper on my pants, then it's been a good day!


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    I like the clean look of side zip, I just don't like how they look on me! Is it sad to say I wouldn't mind back pockets every once in a while?


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlterBy View Post
    BUT, I don't think men breeches ever have side zip....
    haha because God forbid that they actually have to drop their breeches to their ankles to go to the bathroom..


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    I had side zips for years and disliked them. I have been super happy that front zips are more and more popular - now I own several pair I show in. Side zips (particularly the lower rise ones) are not made for those of us with very short arms and big boobs. Sigh...



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    Quote Originally Posted by hj0519 View Post
    Nope, women's breeches come in both front zip and side zip. The difference between men's and women's breeches is the pockets - men's have back pockets, women's don't.
    Not anymore
    there are more back pocket, front zip womens breeches on the market every year


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    Front zip emphasizes your "pooch" if you have one. But side zip makes you look like a dork because your belt is on sideways.

    You pick.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hj0519 View Post
    Nope, women's breeches come in both front zip and side zip. The difference between men's and women's breeches is the pockets - men's have back pockets, women's don't.


    I just got a pair of Grand Prixs with a front zip AND back pockets. Am I accidentally cross dressing?!


    (I love them, btw)



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    Quote Originally Posted by alternate_universe View Post
    I just got a pair of Grand Prixs with a front zip AND back pockets. Am I accidentally cross dressing?!


    (I love them, btw)
    Nope! I have a super cute pair of whites with back pockets. They also have a bit of girly detailing, so I'm positive that they aren't for a guy. I think.



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    Default Same thing happened to me

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyhorse View Post
    I have both -- the only thing I don't like about my front-zip Trophy Hunters is that the pieces of metal backing the slide closures catch me in the stomach and pinch me.
    I had the same exact issue. But I hate side zip pants even more so I had a tailor sew in a small square of a smooth fabric over the metal backing of the slide closures and problem solved - no more pinching.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alto View Post
    Not anymore
    there are more back pocket, front zip womens breeches on the market every year
    YOU! Enabler...

    Those are gorgeous.... me wants....



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    I feel that front zips are more flattering on me than side zips, but on a side note, really the only difference between mens and womens are the pockets? that just doesn't seem right



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