Because wardrobe is terribly important..
I grew up riding and showing stock horses. Jeans, a cowboy hat, and a button down were standard; helmets, laughable and tight pants, ridiculous. Time and age has wised me up a bit; my other half and I started wearing helmets last year. Now I just trail ride and comfort is key. The problem is that I can't stand jeans (really, I hate pants, but jeans are the worst). I work in scrubs (yay for working in PJs), typically wear dresses or skirts for daily wear, and for riding at home, I wear yoga/athletic pants. I hate the sloppy look that seems to come with yoga pants and boots. Plus, yoga pants tend to be a little slippery in my smooth seat ranch saddle. Do any of you haul out and trail ride in just yoga pants? The ones I have are all bootcut and I wear Ariat ropers with them.. ha
I have some questions about breeches or riding tights. Are they comfortable? I've seen some people who ride English swear that jeans are much more comfortable, but I've always pictured them as equestrian yoga pants. Am I completely wrong? Got a recommendation for something comfy for those of us with generous lower halves?
Are tall boots a must? Got a boot recommendation for someone with a wide calf (16-17") who never plans on showing in them? Would half chaps and the shorter, what I see called paddock boots, be acceptable? Will I look like a complete fraud wearing English riding attire when I've never taken an English riding lesson in my life? I don't mind having to explain my love of comfort, but I don't want to misrepresent myself too much.