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post #1 of 9 Old 03-18-2016, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Yet another apparel question! Breeches

I hate to bury this question in my more general one, but I'm afraid that if I do that I won't quite get the audience. This time it's about breeches. Which brand/style do you think is the most -- ahem -- forgiving. Which is my way of saying "bring on the lycra!" I also breeches that come with the option of a short inseam. As much as I love the traditional beige ones, I think I have to go with black so that my cellulite doesn't scare away small children. As always to this wonderful and enthusiastic group, thank you!
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Are you planning on showing and wearing tall boots? If not, you might consider jodhpurs instead of breeches. They're cuffed at the bottom and meant to go over short boots, whereas breeches are meant to be worn under tall boots. They also have a button-on strap that goes under the sole of your boot to help keep them from riding up.

I much prefer jods over traditional breeches, especially since I no longer show. Jods also come in a variety of materials. I have several in a corduroy stretch type that are grey and black, as well as traditional lycra in black. Love my jods!
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Another option is tights instead of breeches. They are basically tights like you'd wear for regular clothes w/ the knee (or full seat if you want) pads. I have a pair and they're SO comfy!
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I say, don't worry about the cellulite. wear what works and let others care, if they will, about the cellulite.

that said, a darker color does hide more. but, it's hotter, too. I like a dark mossy brown color as a good compromise. as to brand, so much depends on your size, the climate, your needs etc.

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I wear tights instead of breeches (except when showing because I couldn't find white riding tights, and if I could, I suspect they would be very see-through!) There are lots of lovely tights in a variety of colors out there from Kerrits and Irideon. Irideon makes some styles in petite length, but only the plainer ones last I checked. The ones that I have that aren't petite I end up folding up the hem at the bottom and that's worked well for me so far.

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Kerrit's breeches are, in my mind, basically much thicker tights. They're very comfy but a bit hard to wriggle into. I wear those with ankle-high boots and half chaps, which is just fine for schooling and hacking.

For a new rider it is worth springing for the kind with a suede seat as well as inside knees. Grippier. I find the brown shades are the best for not showing dirt as much as either black or light colors.

For hot weather I might go to riding tights although they are more unforgiving of body lumpiness. Wear a big loose shirt if you are self-conscious.
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Personally jods (jodpurs) are a lot more forgiving, when they fit. Haha.
I generally just pick up any old colour when I find a new brand, try them on and if they fit, go crazy. Then when all those have run out restart!

If you wanted paticular brands I'm afraid I can only give you English ones, sorry in advance. So Next do quite good ones. Gallop, or Robinsons or any big rug brand or horse shop generally either have a brand of their own or sell the big brands who do comfort, showing or just plain riding. Your local tack shop, will probably sell so 'made for comfort' so to speak good quality jods. Generally though, breeches (here in the UK) are mainly worn by men, so I'm just talking Jods here.

Hope this helped (if it made sense)
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I think you just have to try a few on. I bought dark brown winter breeches thinking the darker colour would be more flattering, but I find them uncomfortable and definitely NOT flattering. I'm very vertically challenged too so finding the right fit is hard.

Will be trying on a few different ones for spring, but those tights everyone else is talking about are starting to sound pretty appealing. I like to wear a zippered workout shirt for a top. Beware of anything too loose and baggy as it will flap around. Something that goes just below my waist and fits well without being snug works well and those tops are surprisingly flattering.
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I think you just have to try a few on. I bought dark brown winter breeches thinking the darker colour would be more flattering, but I find them uncomfortable and definitely NOT flattering. I'm very vertically challenged too so finding the right fit is hard.

Will be trying on a few different ones for spring, but those tights everyone else is talking about are starting to sound pretty appealing. I like to wear a zippered workout shirt for a top. Beware of anything too loose and baggy as it will flap around. Something that goes just below my waist and fits well without being snug works well and those tops are surprisingly flattering.
I like to wear those same tops, and you're right, they are flattering. I've found that most of my running gear works as riding gear too!
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