The soft shell coats are fairly new, and becoming more and more popular. They tend to be more comfortable to wear (stretchy technical athletic fabric) compared to the traditional wool, and they are easier care (launder at home in the washing machine v. dry cleaning.)
I have one that looks very traditional and from more than a foot or so away, cannot be distinguished from my wool coats. I've worn it in the eq, particularly when the weather was bad and I didn't want to get my wool coats wet. I absolutely love it.
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Wear a corset. Helps with good posture too! Maneuverability, not so much.
Back in my much younger days when I did Equ. I used to wear a skin tight t-shirt, a sports bra then duck tape because my breasts were large! So I've done worse. I've now had the boobs taken care of with surgery so such antics are no longer necessary.
I too have a Pikeur in navy and I love it! So much easier to just be able to come home and throw it in the washing machine. They've also come down in price and you can find a lot of them now for the same of less than the wool coats (which I find way too confining now). I think I paid around $200 for mine but that was almost 4 yrs ago.
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