Sizing for Ladies' Breeches?
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!
where in VA are you ? Champion saddlery north of richmond has quite a few on hand. So does a couple places around Hampton and suffulk. I'd just take a guess and order. They will only cost a couple bucks to return.
I'm out in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area.
Breeches usually run in measurment sizes such as 24, 26, 28, 30, etc....so if you measure yourself you could probably get an idea of the size you need.
And also, I just ride in sweatpants and my half chaps, or anything like that. I usually like it when my pants are slippery because it trains my body to make it stay :)
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They have a bunch. Also quite a few used. They are a couple miles across the JRB, You should also hit the auction in cortland.
Since breeches are designed to fit tightly, buy on the small side. Kerrits are a lovely product, very stretchy and built well. They have some really nice boot cut breeches that look really nice with just paddock boots (so if you run errands in them they look normal and are not quite as huggingly tight all the way down the leg) and can still be covered by a half chap.
my experience with really cheap breeches is that they don't last, so you are soon replacing them. This is the truth for pretty much any product; better to buy the good one once than the cheap one over and over .
@tinyliny: I figured I'd invest in a couple good pairs and I noticed that brand online when I was poking about. Thanks!
Go by waist size and rise (measurement from waist to crotch).
For example, my waist size is a 28, because I like to wear my breeches slightly below my actual waist. The rise is important so that you don't get something too low or too high waisted for your liking and comfort. I can often wear a child's 16/XL, but I always ask for the waist size in inches first to make sure it matches up with what I need.
Just like jeans, breeches are something you should try on, because there are many different styles and cuts.
I find the hardest part for me, is finding a breech that has a thicker fabric, to hide the imperfections in my legs. No one really wants to see that!
Tiny--not everyone likes tight fitting breeches. Some like them a little bit looser. I personally dislike wearing painted on breeches.
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