I'm sure this is a commonly asked question (though when I ran a search nothing specific really jumped out at me). If there's a better thread I overlooked, feel free to just point me in that direction. :)
I'm looking to buy some breeches because riding in my jeans, despite their stretch, is not very comfortable. However, I'm worried about the sizing. Even in trying to buy jeans I find the sizing varies wildly between brands. Is there some standard to sizing for breeches or is the same way? I'm worried about shopping online even though I've found some fantastic deals because I don't know if they'll fit.
I'm quite short at only 5'2" but I'm not the easiest to fit in pants. Do the women's sizes work like women's jeans (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.)? Or does it work more like men's pants where you have to shop according to waist size? I've done some browsing in the sections at my local shops but never had the time to try any of them on (or the inclination then, really.. who wants to try clothes on during the holidays LOL? Too many holiday sweets!).
Also, in the meantime, are there any other pants I could wear besides my jeans (while in lessons, of course)? I realize that not all the breeches out there are full seat but just have knee patches, so if I was to wear some other sort of cotton/polyester type pants with my half-chaps would that be acceptable? Just asking people with more experience to avoid flying out of the saddle because my pants weren't good!