How to find the Perfect Pair of Breeches
Much like the search for the perfect pair of jeans, the perfect pair of breeches is an often elusive quest, filled with frustrations and failure, but with a little help, it can actually a wondrous quest culminating in a new addition to your equestrian wardrobe that you truly love.
I always do my best to meet all the criteria a customer gives to me, but it pays to remember that much like when making any significant purchase (a car..a house..a horse), you may have to compromise on something. A great place to start is to ask yourself what are your truly non-negotiable criterion? You can then begin your search based on these key characteristics...
If you’re not sure what your ‘none-negotiables’ are, here are some examples from my experience:
- Waist height
- Bling vs no bling
- Full seat vs knee patch
- Type of seat
If you have any conditions specific to your shape, like have you been blessed with amazing curves, slim legs, slim legs, shapely leg muscles or are perfectly petite, which typically make fitting breeches, jeans or trousers tricky, then I would consider these in conjunction with your non negotiable preference as a starting point for your search.
Here are my top style tips to find the perfect fit for any shape:
Slim legs - it’s best to focus on styles with a full suede seat, or any that mention ‘Slim’ in the description. You should also consider children’s breeches if you are a UK size 10/ US size 6 or below.
Short legs - focus on styles with a lower rise, as these tend to have a considerably lower inseam than higher rise styles. You should also consider children’s breeches if you are a UK size 8/ US size 4 or below. In the larger children’s styles, the length is quite long so anything above this size wouldn’t work.
Muscly legs - choose a style that has both a stretchy fabric and a grip seat panel (if you’re wanting full seat) to ensure a a generous/ comfortable fit in the leg, and allow great ease of movement when riding. Denim fabrics are also a great option, offering lots of stretch for that perfect fit/ look.
Long legs - all of our breeches are offered in regular and long, but truly tall babes may find even the long isn’t cutting it in some styles. If this is usually the case for you, focus your search on high-rise styles, and of course select the longer length. In the same way that lower rise styles offer a shorter inseam, the inverse is true for higher rise styles, and you should hopefully find that those few extra CMs make all the difference when it comes to comfort and fit.
Curvy - focus your search on higher waisted styles, with wide waistbands and ideally grip seats. Denim fabrics are also a great option, offering lots of stretch for that perfect fit/ look.
Pregnant/ postpartum/ larger in the tummy - focus on styles that are going to give you as much comfort as possible in the stomach/ waist, like the athleisure pull-on styles with elasticated waistbands.
Now you’ve asked yourself these two key questions:
What do I want?
What do I need?
...you’re ready for the fun bit...SHOPPING...
My best advice would be to filter according to what you want, and then search for what you need within that selection of breeches.
For example, if you’re essential search criteria is for a high waisted pair, and you also need something slim in the leg, then you would focus on high rise breeches with suede seat panels...
If you want a blingy pair and need plenty of room in the legs for your amazing muscles, focus on detailed breeches with grip seat panels and stretchy fabrics...
If you’re desperate for a grip seat pair, and need a short leg, explore the low-rise ladies, and the children’s breeches (if applicable) with this type of seat...
Now you’re ready to head to My Breeches to find the breeches you WANT and NEED...
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Stay safe and stylish,