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post #1 of 9 Old 11-11-2012, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Breeches, Britches, Jodhpurs, Puffy Legs?!

So yeah!

Jodhpurs (jogpurs as my sister calls them) are for younger kids.

Breeches are the same thing but for adults?

Am I incorrect? Why is that?

Britches.. are they any different from breeches? Just a different pronunciation?

Oh and another question; Why were the thighs on riding pants all puffy? For comfort? They look uncomfortable to me!!

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-15-2012, 04:21 PM
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Jodphers have cuffs on the bottom so you can ride with paddock boot and garder stars. (I think that is what they are called.)
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Boots and Straps*
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I'm guessing this is something that varies based on geography. Here's what I think of for each of those:

Jodhpurs - similar to breeches, but boot cut to go over paddock boots (no half chaps). They look really cute on little kids with garter straps.



Breeches - snug fitting pants, usually with seams strategically placed to avoid chafing. They stay fitted throughout the entire length, and usually end a little high up on the ankle so as to sit above paddock boots. You'd wear them with paddock boots & half chaps, or tall boots.



Britches - misuse of the word, usually the person means breeches. 'Britches' is chiefly a British word for (regular, non-horsey) pants, IIRC. You get some really strange results if you do a Google image search on it.



I've never seen any present day riding pants with puffy thighs. I think of those primarily as really old style from back in the day of military riding academies and such.

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I have a pair of the puffy style for the Hunters, I like the classical look to them, but that's just me

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Garter straps with jodhs??? Haven't seen those since the 1930s LOL!!!

Jdhpurs are often worn with straps under the instep (either stitched-on elastic, which often fit inside the boot under the foot, or clip-on - called Joddy Clips - which go outside the boot) to stop them riding up above the ankle.

The fashion for baggy breeches originated in India, I believe, in the late 19th century, because they were cooler in the heat. It became a fashion thing after that and was often taken to such extremes some looked as if you had a pair of wings on your legs.

Earlier men' breeches (particularly British cavalry officers) were worn skin tight. They used get a close fit with the deerskin type by sitting in a bath of water and letting them dry on, like shrink-to-fit jeans. Nothing like a well-shaped thigh to turn a young lady's head ;)

Modern breeches aren't always close fitting above the knee, even nowadays. I've a Caldene pair with pencil pleats at the waist which have a bit of room.

'Britches' is the correct pronunciation of 'breeches', like 'throatlash' (correctly spelt 'throatlatch'). Sorry, verona, there's no such British word - it's just that many Americans incorrectly pronounce it 'breaches' :)
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Earlier men' breeches (particularly British cavalry officers) were worn skin tight. They used get a close fit with the deerskin type by sitting in a bath of water and letting them dry on, like shrink-to-fit jeans. Nothing like a well-shaped thigh to turn a young lady's head ;)
That sounds spectacularly uncomfortable. I wonder how they got them off.
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Verona you cracked me up!
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That sounds spectacularly uncomfortable. I wonder how they got them off.
Probably the same as we do now - pull 'em down and stand on them while hopping around to yank their feet out

Or more likely an officer had his servant peel them off after removing his boots

(Deerskin tends not to go hard once it dries which is why it was used a lot for breeches and gloves. And sidesaddle seats for more delicate ladies' bottoms).
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