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  • Britches & heels, it's official

    The breech/heel look has been officially sanctioned for fashionistas this fall. Once can purchase breech-looking leggings 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!)
    Don't wrassle with a hog. You just get dirty, and the hog likes it.

    Collecting Thoroughbreds - tales of a re-rider and some TBs

  • #2
    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
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


    • #3
      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.


      • #4
        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!


        • #5
          When dog hair becomes fashionable, I am in.


          • #6
            That is where tweed comes from!
            Intermediate Riding Skills


            • #7
              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."


              • #8
                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!


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ambrey View Post
                  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".
                  Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                  Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


                  • #10
                    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


                    • #11
                      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.


                      • #12
                        horse clothes

                        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!
                        If you can see it, your doing it wrong...


                        • #13
                          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]


                          • #14
                            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?
                            Rebel Without Cash!


                            • #15
                              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.
                              I know now, the place that I was trying to reach, was you, right here in front of me


                              • #16
                                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!
                                Don't toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!


                                • #17
                                  At Abercrombie, they have the guts to call breeches the "perfect butt" pants!
                                  Reasons I'm crazy, #37: I went out shopping for a pony and came home with a 17hh OTTB
                                  ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~


                                  • #18
                                    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.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Twigster View Post
                                      At Abercrombie, they have the guts to call breeches the "perfect butt" pants!

                                      Those are so hideous.
                                      I know now, the place that I was trying to reach, was you, right here in front of me


                                      • #20
                                        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.