I'm not a fan of full chaps - just not my personal preference. I love half chaps. I don't care for suede - I like smooth leather (of course they cost twice as much). I've had both - the ariat zip ups that are tapered and nice and fit over paddock boots, and the velcro tabbed ones (my favorite) and fit over anything (including stretch riding jeans) and fit well over my sneakers. In fact, that is what one would find me riding in on a typical day - comfy, well worn breeches, sneakers and leather half chaps. Some half chaps have an extra velcro strap at the top so you can cinch them a little tighter above your calf so they won't droop too much as you break them in and as they begin to take the shape of your leg.
In my experience, the all leather ones (suede even more so) will stretch to at least a half size bigger after the first 20 rides so consider that as well when you look at sizing.
You'd have to just try everything out and see what you like. If you are considering full chaps, I'd try on a friend's pair that were already broken in and get up on the horse to see how they feel. If you go for half chaps and you can afford it, get some good quality real leather ones. They will last for many years, look quite fancy and nice and won't pill and stain like suede ones.
Ariat is a great brand - theirs will last a long time and they offer different price ranges and all look really pretty. I am not a fan of any of the Ovation brands. Every single pair I tried on (several pair) all looked like baggy socks on me. It's like they were cookie cutter made to some specific size leg that doesn't exist. So try before you buy!