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post #1 of 9 Old 04-21-2014, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Looking For Great Fitting Breeches

I feel like it's time for me to invest in a few good pairs of breeches. I'm starting to get pretty serious about dressage and I'm planning to show this summer, so I'll need to look the part. I don't want to waste money on breeches that are ill fitting or cheaply made, I'd rather spend a little bit extra and get a pair that will look nice and hold up to lots of use.

I have never bought breeches before, so I don't know what I am getting into. I tried to find a few pairs to try on at a tack shop near by, but they only carried sizes up to a 34... I have no idea what size I will need, but I know I am definitely bigger than a 34. I am 5'3", 220lbs. I wear a size 18 or 20 in jeans. I have muscular legs, but they aren't large, and I have barely any hind end. My main concern is that I have a "muffin top" that I'd rather not show off in a pair of thin, tight breeches. I don't want low rise anything, just the opposite actually. Something snug enough that would hold everything in place, so to speak!

That being said, can anyone point me in the right direction? What brands are worth the money? What size do you think I would wear? Where is the best place to buy online? I don't have a ton of money to spend, but any breeches under... $75? That would be feasible, I think. OR! If anyone has any in good shape that they would be willing to sell to me, that would be wonderful! Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-21-2014, 12:27 AM
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I'm not plus sized, so I hope I'm not stepping on any toes. However, I know Smartpak has some nice breeches that may fit you. Free returns on sized stuff and they offer plus sizes of their own breech line. The pipers are really nice. I ordered a pair and I loved all the wonderful details, but couldn't do the low rise of the regular sized ones. The plus sized ones are mid rise, so you'd hopefully be fine.



They also carry things from fuller fillies:

Also, the rule of thumb is 20+ jean size for breeches, but it depends a little on your build and the cut of the breeches.
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Irideon has nice ones. They were worth every penny. They only lasted a year :( I ripped them while dismounting. They got caught on the hook of the safety stirrup.

But go for smartpak. Great return policies and have hearf great things about them. Waiting for mine to come in.
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This is me. I wear a size 40, but I think I could do size 38 depending on the fit. My old tuff rider ones were a bit to loose on me.

Also, smartpak own brand go on sale sometimes. Mine went from a 100 to 28 bucks. So watch out for deals. Honestly, you're not big at all. I would try a 32 or 34 with you.
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I'll look into Smartpak. I have shopped with them before, and I agree they are fantastic!

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if a "muffin top" is your main fit issue, a breech with the least tight waist is your best bet. Boinks has full seat, plus sized, and I think you would need a 2x, but maybe ok with a 1x. the waist band is not hard or tight. they are about 85$.
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I really love the piper knee patch breeches by smartpak for schooling, and I use tailored sportsmans for show
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I wear about a size 20-22 in jeans and my breech size is 38.You sound similar to my Mums build, but I dont remember what size she got. I remember she had trouble with length haha all of them were a bit long.
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