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!
(Here is a picture of me with my Easter bunny, just for perspective)