I ride in jeans, year around. I do have a very thin pair of longer inseam, boot cut, 25.00 jeans (I think Arya? brand?) that I wear mostly in the summer because they feel paper thin, yet they've held up for 5 years with no sign of coming apart yet. Otherwise, I have some thicker, and some thinner, denim Miss Me jeans that I ride in. I select the pair based on the heat outside and the weight of the denim.
Boots: Whatever you ride in, it needs a heel and a slick, or mostly slick, sole. No lug soles. The heel keeps your foot from going through the stirrup, the slick or hybrid sole will keep your boot from being too thick and hanging up in the stirrup if you need to get your foot out in a hurry. This means don't buy a pair of Ariat Fat Babies. They have too thick a sole, those are meant to be work type boots.
Shorts... Ask my son how those go. (Granted he wasn't in cut offs over leggings) He rode in carpenter/cargo shorts and sneakers one time last summer and he KNEW better, but hadn't experienced the why of it. He was chaffed and hurting when we got back. Said he'd never ride in shorts again. It looks cute in music videos and pictures... but it will cause chaffing and I don't think leggings would help.
Shirt - All cotton t shirts or tanks are fine, dry fit type t shirts are even better this time of year. The only time I break out a western shirt is if we're riding in a parade or the grand entry to a rodeo. That's when me and my horse get all dressed up in our finest tack and shirts/jeans/boots. Don't wear one of those types of cute shirts that has a drapey wrap thing in the front btw. (In the back should be fine and breezy) Mine hung on the saddle horn during a dismount at last year's rodeo, and nearly ripped my shirt clean off me! Won't wear that again!
IF you wear a belt - be sure it's at the proper tightness. I've done my belt a hole too loose before, we get to a trot and somehow my belt goes OVER my saddle horn. That's always alarming when it happens.
Your phone (If you're wondering) will squirt out of a back pocket and will get sweaty in your bra (gross). After messing up my phone several times, I bought a cover that has a sliding back to it, I keep my DL and a 20 in there. It then goes in a belt type phone holster with a velcro closure (5.00 from Tractor Supply). It's not the most fashion forward thing in the world, but it works and that's what I needed... a practical solution.
ADDED: I don't know your size 'up top' but be sure you invest in a GOOD athletic bra. I've... uhm. bounced out... of a regular bra before and at a hard gallop, that can put you off balance if you're generously endowed. I learned my lesson there. I have also switched to a well fitted cotton boy leg brief because A. they're breathable, B. they stay in place better.
At the end of the day, western wear for riding should be comfortable, practical, moisture wicking, and protective.
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Last edited by AtokaGhosthorse; 09-05-2019 at 12:06 PM.