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post #1 of 7 Old 11-13-2011, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Breeches with roomier calves/ankles

I have a breeches problem. (don't we all! ) My upper legs + butt need a small size, but my calves are large in proportion. Oddly enough, compared to my feet my calves are apparently tiny. xD I'm all weird-shaped. So when I try on breeches I often can't even get them on all the way because I can't pull them up my calves. When I find a pair that fits my calves...the upper portion is so baggy that you could literally fit two of me in there. (I actually measured this!)

So does anyone know of breeches (preferably full-seat) that are cut bigger in the lower leg/ankle? I need a bigger ankle so I can get my giant feet through. xD Also, I have rather long legs, which just makes the problem worse. Trying to hike up a pair of breeches that are too small in the calves is impossible! They always get stuck, haha.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-13-2011, 12:07 PM
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I agree that breeches are ridiculous these days. I have long legs and my calves, by Ariat standards, fit slim sizes. Yet, when I just got several pairs of Ariat breeches, they were so tight in the leg it was crazy.

What price range are you looking at? Some very expensive breeches are so stretchy they are very forgiving and comfortable. I have grown to REALLY love the F.I.T.S. brand. I think they got their name from the fits people had looking at the price, though.
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You're right, F.I.T.S. are super-comfy in the calves. They fit my lower legs perfectly! But they are always very baggy in the...ahem, "rear". I have a nonexistent butt, which means I can't sit on hard chairs...or saddles... without it hurting really bad after a minute or so. D: (Love those cushy dressage saddles ) I'll give those another try, though. I really wish they ran in long/tall sizes, though. The smalls fit me in length, but they are baggy in the butt area. The xsmalls would fit my butt if I could pull them up a few more inches. But my darn calves won't let me.
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I know a lot of breeches these days have stretchy panels in the calf area, my couple of pairs of Ariats are like that. Have you tried looking at breeches that have velcro around the ankle?
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Originally Posted by countercanter View Post
I know a lot of breeches these days have stretchy panels in the calf area, my couple of pairs of Ariats are like that. Have you tried looking at breeches that have velcro around the ankle?
Hmmm. I will have to look for breeches with those stretchy panels. I've never had luck with Ariat breeches, though. Every time I've tried on a pair they've been super tight in the calves and enormous through the thighs/butt. Which is odd, seeing as I know plenty of people who swear by them and look absolutely great in them! People who don't look much different from me size-wise.

The breeches that I've found to fit my thighs/butt the best have been Kerrits. But...they don't come in long, and I need that length since my calves don't let me pull my breeches up higher. Only the boot-cut tights come in long, and I have a pair of those. They are fabulous! I just wish the regular breeches (especially the winter ones) came in a longer size.

Keep the suggestions coming, though! I'm writing all this down for future reference.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-14-2011, 10:26 AM
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In my search for mens size 40 green tights, I have come across flared bottom breeches markedted towards women western riders meant to fit over cowboy boots. go to ,Ladies Bootcut Breeches and Pants | EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-15-2011, 06:24 PM
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I have a pair of kerrits full seat beeches that are boot cut so they are nice a roomy in the calf, it's just annoying to wear them with tall boots because I have to wrap when around my ankle a certain way or it will pinch.
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