So I am purchasing my first horse a week from today if he passes the vet check. I currently have one pair of breeches, but they are not of the highest quality nor do they fit me very well. I really just got them because the in-seam on men's jeans scratches leather pretty easily and I didn't want my new saddle getting messed up. So now I plan to go from riding english one or two days a week (and western one or two days) to riding english four or five days a week (hopefully), and I need properly fitting breeches so that I am comfortable. The problem is I am a 5'9 guy and have a 25" waist. There are not size 25 men's breeches. Do I buy children's? Do I buy women's? Do I try to contact a manufacturer (like Tuffrider) and get size 26 men's breeches? I really have no qualms about wearing children's or women's breeches as long as they fit me properly and are comfortable for a guy. Are there any differences between children's, women's, and men's breeches? I would really appreciate help on this. Thanks.
I assume men's breeches are much like women's, in that each manufacturer is completely different.
I'm a woman. I wear women's breeches. Here's what I've found. Most of the women's breeches have really tight thighs and knees, but have a huge waist. I have a horrible time finding something with a skinny enough waist for me. When I do, I can't bend my knees, because they're so tight in the legs. So I finally found a perfect fit in Dover's Riding Sport brand. I got a basic, comfy, side-zip. Absolutely perfect. They fit so great, that I then bought some really cool plaid full-seat breeches - also riding sport brand. Oh crap - tight knees and baggy waist again.
My point is that not just every brand, but every style and model within a brand fit completely differently. Is there a Dover or other tack shop near you where you can just go in and try all of them?
Breeches are my nightmare... For summertime, I really like riding tights. They're really stretchy, so I can get the waist to fit and have plenty of stretch in the legs to stay comfy. Tights might be more revealing than what most guys are comfortable with though?
I think the only difference between men's and women's breeches is the guys' tend to have a little more room in the front. But then again, my women's ones always have lots of extra room there too. And I think the women's tend to have shorter inseams.
I'm 5'8 with a 28 waist in non-rider jeans... but I wear size 32 in TuffRider Pro breeches. I would bet that a size 28 would fit you nicely and they do make them that small! I originally had a size 30 but they were a tad bit too tight... not what a guy wants. :)
I would get breeches that fit you everywhere lese and then take them to a tailor or seamstress to get the waist taken in. That way your breeches will fit, look good and most importantly, be comfortable.