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  • Another example of Fashion Following Function

    Why? If you want the "equestrian look" why not just buy riding britches? I don't get it, I really don't.

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/m...%26slotId%3D17
    "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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    I'm not sure why you care what other people wear. I personally do not think skirts are useful but I do not deride people who want to wear them.

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    • #3
      Because these are cheaper?

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      • #4
        Because they won't have the MK on the snap? It is easier for the non-horse person to go to Macy's then figure out where the local tack store is or figure out which on-line retailer to order from and which brand, style size. Like most non-horse people know what full seat, knee patch, Euro seat styles all mean? How about velcro bottom, sock bottom, riding breeches, riding tights, riding jeans? Then we get into how many types of fabrics and low rise, flow rise, mid rise, pull on, side zip, front zip.
        Michael Kors is a brand they know. FITS, Taylored Sportsman, TuffRider, Kerrits not so much.

        If you knew nothing about riding and breeches think about how overwhelming the choices are and where to get those them. Plus the sizing on many breeches is European 28, 30, 32 not the 6, 8, 10 that most people are used to.
        Michael Kors from Macy's is easy and can be an impulse buy for the non-horse person. They would have to go out of their way to buy from a tack store- on-line or in person. Plus some people want the Michael Kors name.
        Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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        • #5
          I actually bought a pair of Liz Clayborne faded navy corduroy breeches from the clearance rack at Macy's many years ago for $10!!!

          I just see "equestrian" fashion as giving me less of an excuse to be stared at in the grocery store (as long as it is BEFORE I arrive at the barn....I have no hope of passing off sweaty/hairy/slobber/manure-stained as being a fashion statement. :-P)
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          • #6
            Originally posted by atlatl View Post
            Because these are cheaper?
            And might actually fit better. It's not very often I put on a pair of breeches and think "ooo these fit so well I'll wear them to the mall". Generally I think "OMG who designs these things?!?"

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            • #7
              A nice lady stopped me in the grocery store on my way home from,the barn the other day to compliment my "nice pants!"

              They are pretty spiffy.

              Equestrian is a good look on a lot of people. Clean lines, boots, tweed, tailored jackets. What's not to love!

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              • #8
                ^ Ditto....I actually wore my field boots to the store when I was trying to break them in before riding in them. Got a TON of compliments!
                The only thing the government needs to solve all of its problems is a Council of Common Sense.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PRS View Post
                  Why? If you want the "equestrian look" why not just buy riding britches? I don't get it, I really don't.

                  http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/m...%26slotId%3D17
                  Dude. Because you won't get the Michael Kors brand.
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                  • #10
                    I actually sold two pairs of Tailored Sportsman Trophy Hunters to a lady from "the big city" because she liked the look of them. This was a few years ago, mid-winter, because she thought they looked great with boots for walking in the snow. Whatever floats one's boat, I say!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PRS View Post
                      Why? If you want the "equestrian look" why not just buy riding britches? I don't get it, I really don't.
                      For crying out loud, the answer is easy. Riding breeches don't wear out quickly enough.

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                      • #12
                        So every time I start wearing my 'riding gear' out and about again, I start seeing this fashion come back into style. I am certain it's just one of those 'when you have it you just tend to notice it more' biases. However, I just bought some neon purple with lime green and hot pink pockets and belt loops jods from England, because I am *so fashionable* and they were buy-one-get-one free (and $30!) and made me giggle uncontrollably for about five minutes when they showed up on my side-bar while shopping for something else. Now hoping to start seeing crazy 80's Punky Brewster knee-patch leggings come into fashion, complete with those heels.

                        (these things are actually quite nice and comfy, btw... http://www.equestrian.com/p/womens-j...---ladies/k5l/ <-- thinking about getting the other two colors too. Bwahahaha)

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                        • #13
                          In line at the gas station, I was complimented last year on "how broke in and authentic" my tall boots were Um...............because they ARE authentic riding boots

                          Accessorized with mud and manure, as my 7 year old pointed out to the nice lady.
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                            I'm old enough to remember the Electric (Rhinestone) Cowboy phase where everyone wanted to dress like a cowboy. I think my point is that it's a look that can't really be duplicated by "fashion", it just IS.
                            Last edited by PRS; Aug. 18, 2015, 02:00 PM.
                            "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by grayci View Post
                              So every time I start wearing my 'riding gear' out and about again, I start seeing this fashion come back into style. I am certain it's just one of those 'when you have it you just tend to notice it more' biases. However, I just bought some neon purple with lime green and hot pink pockets and belt loops jods from England, because I am *so fashionable* and they were buy-one-get-one free (and $30!) and made me giggle uncontrollably for about five minutes when they showed up on my side-bar while shopping for something else. Now hoping to start seeing crazy 80's Punky Brewster knee-patch leggings come into fashion, complete with those heels.

                              (these things are actually quite nice and comfy, btw... http://www.equestrian.com/p/womens-j...---ladies/k5l/ <-- thinking about getting the other two colors too. Bwahahaha)
                              Those are AWESOME!! I need to order some!

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                              • #16
                                I bought some when they were in style back in the 80's even though I had real breeches and jods. I like the style. I do refuse to buy anything Michael Kors thoughtbecause I just can't let go of his "Becky Home Ec-y" statement on Project Runway a few years ago. LOL I won't even buy his stuff at resale shops!

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by PRS View Post
                                  Why? If you want the "equestrian look" why not just buy riding britches? I don't get it, I really don't.

                                  http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/m...%26slotId%3D17
                                  These are cheaper and probably more comfortable, especially if you don't need to worry about actual wear from the saddle? Seriously the pricing on most riding breeches makes my eyes bug out.

                                  (And Ajierene, from both a comfort in hot weather standpoint and ease of manufacture, basic skirts trounce pants every day, especially if you're trying to cut for a woman's hips and thighs...I'm more comfortable in three layers of linen and cotton plus stays and an apron lately than if I'm in jeans and a polo. Pants don't breathe.)
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Dramapony_misty View Post
                                    ^ Ditto....I actually wore my field boots to the store when I was trying to break them in before riding in them. Got a TON of compliments!
                                    I may have worn my $99 TuffRider Par-wanties to a concert then out and about downtown a couple of months ago w/ a pair of black tights....lol. They were super comfy. It wasn't till late in the night one of my guy friends with me happened to look down and go "Are those your RIDING boots??!"
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by PRS View Post
                                      Why? If you want the "equestrian look" why not just buy riding britches? I don't get it, I really don't.

                                      http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/m...%26slotId%3D17
                                      Because wearing the real thing when you aren't an equestrian just makes you a Poser.

                                      I kid, I kid.

                                      I really don't care what people wear... because I don't want them caring what I wear... which is yoga pants about 75% of the time. Annnnd cue the comments on THAT.
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