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  • Questions to manufacturers of breeches

    Why, oh why, can't you idiots make breeches that actually fit and flatter those of us who are a bit curvier? Why must you think that all who ride have the figure of an 8 year old, underfed boy? Why can an adult woman who wears a size over a two not wear your breeches? Why must your biggest size of any fashionable breeches be so skin-tight that every single part of my person is on display to the point of being offensive? Why are the only ones that aren't totally awful are either full seat, clingy cotton or require me to sell my horse to pay for a pair? Why do those of us who have passed puberty have to wear clothes named "fuller" or "shapley"?

    Sigh. I went to try on breeches yesterday, and just needed to vent.
    A proud friend of bar.ka.

  • #2
    Amen sista!

    The euro seats help, but seriously the pair that looks best on my cost upwards of $200. Really? I mean really? Is that really necessary?

    I have designer jeans that cost less, and took longer to produce. Heck, I have BRIDLES that cost less and took longer to produce with materials that were probably more expensive.
    "Look, I'm trying not to test the durability of the arena with my face!" (Because only GM can do that.)


    • #3
      i agree keep this going


      • #4
        Woven fabric breeches usually look best and are not as skin tight as knit fabric breeches.


        • #5
          I agree 100% for me the fuller breeches are to baggy in all the wrong places and the curvey ones big in thighs and to small in waist.

          I end up with TS in largest waist size then have them let out .

          The cheaper schooling pull ones are to clingy and just plain look awefull not flattering.Camel toe, or opposite crotch draggers yucky fabric.
          I end up in my jeans at home 90% of the time

          Used to get semi customer from Elizabeth's when she did Dressage at Devon. But she retired.

          TS fabric not available to others, would like to find afforable semi custom where you can tailor the rise (crotch to waist height) pick side or front zip, seat options and I have large calves.
          Thighs n butt not an issue....

          Fuller Fillies good idea but when your in between it worse.
          Jackets, shirts, boots no problem butbreeches are impossible.


          • #6
            Dear Breech makers,
            I am new to this whole breech game but am learning quickly. I have a few issues with your breeches or lack there of.
            1. Why do all of the kid's full seat breeches cost as much as mine?
            2. Why do all of the kid's breeches not come in slim, reg, long & short?
            3. Why do you insist on making me choose between fitting at the waist or at the leg? Would it really kill you to make a 6 long? I vote for adjustable waist like on jeans.
            4. I don't mind paying 20 or 30 bucks for a pair of breeches but really 50+ for non schooling breeches?

            On a totally related note if anyone has any kid's breeches size 6 or 8 that need a home I will gladly take them off your hands and pay shipping.
            Adoring fan of A Fine Romance
            Originally Posted by alicen:
            What serious breeder would think that a horse at that performance level is push button? Even so, that's still a lot of buttons to push.


            • #7
              I just love having my ass cheeks clearly defined for all to see.
              The best sports bras for riders are Anita 5527 and Panache! Size UP in Anita, down in Panache (UK sizing)


              • #8
                I have the opposite problem - I can't get breeches that are small enough unless they are kid-sized (and then they are too short)!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by supershorty628 View Post
                  I have the opposite problem - I can't get breeches that are small enough unless they are kid-sized (and then they are too short)!
                  Get out of here with that nonsense
                  The best sports bras for riders are Anita 5527 and Panache! Size UP in Anita, down in Panache (UK sizing)


                  • #10
                    My challenge is finding ones that fit me- if the hips fit, the waist is too big... if the waist fits the hips are too small (nothing worse than too tight in the butt). The tuff rider low rise breeches work for me- they are relatively cheap but the fabric is on the thinner side and develops little holes after a while. I also wish that manufacturers would include at least one pocket in the breeches.


                    • #11
                      Preaching to the choir!! What about a SHORT that is really SHORT - ie, for someone who is 4' 11", not 5' 4"?? And maybe actually has strong calves that aren't toothpick-sized?
                      I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                      • Original Poster

                        And why must you make me feel fat because I cannot wear the largest size you make - which is smaller than the "average" adult woman?
                        A proud friend of bar.ka.


                        • #13
                          This is more a comment to the STORES, but if a company MAKES different fits (like TS also makes a little-known "slim" fit) can you please CARRY them?

                          Considering that most show breeches are huge in the hip and thigh if they fit me in the waist, being able to buy the more "up and down" slim fits without having to special order and thus commit permanently to a $220 item that I can't even try on is kind of crappy.

                          Also another vote for short, if you can make long and the stores can stock 8 billion pairs of those, then you can stock the shorts for the rest of us too. I'm looking at you, TS retailers, they make slim shorts and you seem to be unwilling to order those.
                          Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
                          you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


                          • #14
                            I think that bathing suit manufacturers and breech manufacturers are in cahoots with each other. Neither are made for normal, everyday, real life people.


                            • #15
                              bellboots you are right on!

                              And why is it that the only ones that ever fit are always the MOST expensive. TS Supreme Hunter and Ariat Pro Circuit for example! Over $200 for a pair of pants?!?! Absurd!
                              "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."


                              • #16
                                I'm an event rider turned dressage rider, but the headline caught my eye.... Try FITS breeches, they just came out with hunter styles. I freely admit I have NO idea what I'm talking about in hunter fashion, but I will tell you what I do know: when I got my first pair of FITS I nearly cried with joy. I am a size 12ish now, but was 16ish when I bought my first pair, and they are wonderfully flattering, comfortable, superb performance, wear like iron... all good.

                                And yes, they are over $200 (at least for my full seat styles, not sure what the hunter styles are going for), but they do last forever. And if you look at all the seams, the materials used, and how those suckers are made, it becomes clear why they cost that much. Now, if they were selling a hundred thousand pairs a year, well, the cost would come way down. But products produced in small quantities have to absorb a lot of overhead. All I can say is that mine are worth every penny.


                                • #17
                                  Ladies, if your tack shop carries them, try the new Grand Prix breeches. I am a huge fan of Ariat Pro Circuits but couldn't justify the $219 price tag this time. I tried the RJ Classics and found them to be made for a skinnier body type not a mom who has had two kids. I then tried the Grand Prix's and loved them. Their price was great too-around $95.


                                  • #18
                                    TS makes a slim?

                                    The cheaper schooling pull ones are to clingy and just plain look awefull not flattering.Camel toe, or opposite crotch draggers yucky fabric.
                                    These look awful on everyone, whether you're a size 2 or a size 22.
                                    They're small hearts.


                                    • #19
                                      Custom Riding Apparel will make anything you want, any size, any fabric, any cut. Garland Toney who used to rep/run Tailoered Sportsman before it was sold to the Van Issacs owns the company. Custom Riding Apparel does have the Tailored Sportsman 2-way and 4-way fabric.

                                      The breeches are sold at Smartpak, Beval etc


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by soloudinhere View Post
                                        This is more a comment to the STORES, but if a company MAKES different fits (like TS also makes a little-known "slim" fit) can you please CARRY them?

                                        Considering that most show breeches are huge in the hip and thigh if they fit me in the waist, being able to buy the more "up and down" slim fits without having to special order and thus commit permanently to a $220 item that I can't even try on is kind of crappy.


                                        thanks Soloudinhere- I have to buy size 26 tailoreds and then pay to have them let out all the way in the waist. like they aren't expensive enough to begin with.

                                        oh ps - i bought Grand Prix breeches this weekend and their 26 fit me perfectly, no need for alterations - just as an fyi from another straight-hipped wonder.