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  • Getting WAY too much attention when wearing breeches and boots in public?

    Does anyone else find that they get, er, way too much male attention when wearing breeches and boots in public? Particularly from those categories of males who are prone to loud and demonstrative expressions of their unwanted interest in you, usually shouted across a parking lot?

    I have gotten to where I don't even stop to get gas on the way to the barn because I get everything from catcalls to shouted graphic puns involving what thinking of me riding horses makes THEM think about. It doesn't scare me, and it doesn't really offend me, but I just don't like everyone in the parking lot staring at me, even if I do gracefully deal with the situation.

    Now, I think it's worse for me because of where I live. I live in a, well, er, developing neighborhood near downtown Atlanta. The gas stations and grocery stores usually have a small cadre of folks who appear to loiter for a living. I love living in this part of town; despite how it looks, most everyone is friendly and I never get any trouble from anyone, except if I am wearing tight pants and black boots. I love, love, love my neighborhood because of its character and I can take the bad with the good, but I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with this problem? Perhaps it is not as localized as I think it is.

    I can keep avoiding the situations that do make me uncomfortable, but I wondered: is this a Big City problem, or a Men With No Manners problem, or possibly some combination thereof? Anyone want to share their experiences?
    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, / And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, / Do not go gentle into that good night. -- Dylan Thomas

  • #2
    Well, I've walked down a street in the middle of Pitt's (city) campus in breeches and boots and haven't heard any catcalls, although I have gotten some sideways looks and a couple of stares. If it bothers you too much, buy a pair of basketball pants (the kind that snap up the side) and wear them over your breeches until you get to the barn.
    "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out." ~John Wooden

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    • #3
      I have always gotten the stares from people like I am wearing some insane costume or they have the urge to point out what I am wearing like I had no idea how I dressed before I left the house. Now a couple times I have gotten the sarcastic question of where my horse is from when the popular fashion trend of riding pants and boots hit NYC. People think that I am wearing the pants to be trendy and have no response when I tell them where my horse is actually located. It was completely different when I was in Ireland. Everybody had boots and riding pants. Nobody thinks you are crazy.

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      • #4
        My 1 male co-worker was all wound up about my chaps & spurs. All he could talk about. I don't know why. I tried to explain they weren't very cool or sexy (I have 1/2 chaps too). He still wouldn't shut up about them. One day I happened to have them in my car so I brought them inside for "show & tell". All dirty hairy dried sweaty gross. And my spurs were my German pointed ones & had hair clumps & gray-ish dirt crudded on the metal (I normally don't keep my stuff like this, but it was going home to be cleaned & emphasized my not sexy point quite well ). Co-worker started gaping so I asked if he'd like me to kick him in the ribs once to try the spurs out.

        He hasn't mentioned the spurs or chaps once since show & tell day. Somehow I don't think it lived up to his fringy sexy chaps & clanky spurs "ride me cowboy" image he had going mentally.
        "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"

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        • #5
          I occasionally get an odd look, or a question of "oh, do you ride" (no, I just love how these tight pants make my behind look) but around here, no one is rude or disrespective. I also live in the suburbs, and not closer to the city, so that may have something to do with it.

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          • #6
            ages ago I would often change into my riding clothes at work, walk down the streets of Georgetown (DC) to my parking lot OR every now and then I would hit a bar post riding - I don't recall getting many cat calls but I do recall that a year or so later the equestrian "LOOK" hit the streets bigtime.. I'm sure I had something to do w/ it

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Carrie D View Post
              I have always gotten the stares from people like I am wearing some insane costume or they have the urge to point out what I am wearing like I had no idea how I dressed before I left the house. Now a couple times I have gotten the sarcastic question of where my horse is from when the popular fashion trend of riding pants and boots hit NYC. People think that I am wearing the pants to be trendy and have no response when I tell them where my horse is actually located. It was completely different when I was in Ireland. Everybody had boots and riding pants. Nobody thinks you are crazy.
              Ahh Ireland. We were actually right in style there

              I get everything from strange looks to dirty comments. The gas station seems to be an especially popular place for comments of the gross variety. And I like to think that my riding pants aren't that tight or that I wear a longish t-shirt over them. Oh well.

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              • #8
                I get mostly sideways glances. Sometimes a full-out stare, which always makes me wanna say something like, take a picture it'll last longer! Haven't had any issues with catcalls or anything like that, though, but maybe i'm just lucky
                Proud co-owner of one large, lemon-eating chestnut

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                • #9
                  I just get odd stares all the time. Nothing really bad. I've gotten really used to the stares though so maybe I'm just not noticing anything else odd.
                  proud owner of a crazy dutch warmblood

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                  • #10
                    haha i work in beverly hills, so if i nip out without having changed from my riding lesson that morning, mostly i just get nervous/'ive been caught posing' looks from women in their prada 'equestrian chic' who have clearly never been near a horse.
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                    • #11
                      I mostly get stares rather than comments, except from old men, who ask if I'm a jockey.

                      A male co-worker got all hot and bothered though when I came to happy hour one Friday after a lesson. I did give in to the urge to hit him with my crop for *real* and it apparently left a good-sized welt, according to him. He shut up for a while. (;
                      "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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                      • #12
                        You all must look better in your breeches than I do! Just wait 20 years. The comments sill stop.

                        Or, they will turn to horse stories. Everyone has one, apparently.
                        2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                        A helmet saved my life.

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                        • #13
                          I hate wearing horse clothes in public. I live in a horsey area (Somerset/Hunterdon NJ) so people are used to seeing it, but I'm not as thin as I was in my teenage days I don't even like wearing breeches at the barn!
                          The best sports bras for riders are Anita 5527 and Panache! Size UP in Anita, down in Panache (UK sizing)

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                          • #14
                            Abercrombie is now selling breeches as skinny jeansSo soon they will be everywhere
                            Dawn

                            Patience and Consistency are Your Friends

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                            • #15
                              I was standing in line at Subway waiting to order a hoagie when a guy walked in and asked if I rode horses. I said yes, and he replied by saying, "Well, that was my first guess. Don't think you would like to know my second one." I politely smiled and thought to myself, 'thank god I don't have a crop in my hand."

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                              • #16
                                Years ago there was a group of us who rode in a lesson on the same night, we were all friendly and started to go to dinner after our lesson. We went to the same local pub each time and the guys sitting at the bar would whistle and catcall, we laughed, they obviously could not SMELL us as we all rode hard and were not the cleanest when we got there!! I always found it funny.
                                Kim
                                If you are lucky enough to ride, you are lucky enough.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by GGsuperpony View Post
                                  I can keep avoiding the situations that do make me uncomfortable, but I wondered: is this a Big City problem, or a Men With No Manners problem, or possibly some combination thereof? Anyone want to share their experiences?

                                  Yup...big city...men with no manners problem...or just people not used to seeing riders.

                                  I live not far from a city...(45 min to Philly)....but a lot of horse farms and general farms around. I can walk into a Wawa, Walmart, gas station and NOT get any cat calls or other unwanted attention just because I'm in boots in breeches. And chances are...I will not be the only one in breeches. Folks are just used to seeing people dressed like this. Now I have gotten hit on and unwanted attention but I often was just in jeans...or more often in a skirt...when it happens.


                                  NOW if you REALLY want to git hit on.....wear black chaps. That get's them going far more than breeches and boots.
                                  ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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                                  • #18
                                    All I can say is I UNDERSTAND!! It's annoying but funny too!

                                    Originally posted by GGsuperpony View Post
                                    Does anyone else find that they get, er, way too much male attention when wearing breeches and boots in public? Particularly from those categories of males who are prone to loud and demonstrative expressions of their unwanted interest in you, usually shouted across a parking lot?

                                    I have gotten to where I don't even stop to get gas on the way to the barn because I get everything from catcalls to shouted graphic puns involving what thinking of me riding horses makes THEM think about. It doesn't scare me, and it doesn't really offend me, but I just don't like everyone in the parking lot staring at me, even if I do gracefully deal with the situation.

                                    Now, I think it's worse for me because of where I live. I live in a, well, er, developing neighborhood near downtown Atlanta. The gas stations and grocery stores usually have a small cadre of folks who appear to loiter for a living. I love living in this part of town; despite how it looks, most everyone is friendly and I never get any trouble from anyone, except if I am wearing tight pants and black boots. I love, love, love my neighborhood because of its character and I can take the bad with the good, but I was wondering if anyone else has dealt with this problem? Perhaps it is not as localized as I think it is.

                                    I can keep avoiding the situations that do make me uncomfortable, but I wondered: is this a Big City problem, or a Men With No Manners problem, or possibly some combination thereof? Anyone want to share their experiences?
                                    If you don't have anything nice to say about someone, come sit by me.

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                                    • #19
                                      I hate going out in public with breeches and boots. The times I did, I usually got nothing but strange stares and people probably had no idea why I could possible be dressed that way other than just wanting to. The only place I will stop at now when wearing my riding attire (other than a tack store) is my local grocery store and then I have a 25lb bag of carrots in my cart so it shouldn't be too hard to put everything together.
                                      Owned by an Oldenburg

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                                      • #20
                                        I got made fun of and I was boiling mad!!!

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