If you’re wondering if those are Pea Green breeches you would be right. In my early days as a horse owner money was very tight and those “good looking” breeches were given to me by a friend. You’d be surprised to know they were crazy comfortable and grippy in the saddle. But alas, not the best fashion choice.
Welcome to the first 15 minute blog post. Each week I’ve challenged myself to sit down for 15 minutes and write about an equestrian topic. There is no editing, no outlines, no revisions, just pure word vomit. I want to write more and make writing more fun! This week’s topic? Breeches.
Remember when Dippin’ Dots came out? And it was all “The Ice Cream Of The Future!” Well that’s how I feel about breeches. I can totally see a future where everyone is wearing riding pants. Not only are they stylish, but they are so stinking functional!
A Breech History
Let me back up to my history with breeches. I was a jeans and half chaps kind of kid for the better part of 7 years. It was cheap, it was easy, and at the end of my lesson I could go out shopping without having to change (despite the fact that I reeked!).
Then in 2009 I put on my first pair of Tailored Sportsman’s. *Cue Angels Singing* It was nearly a religious experience for me. It sucked everything in, streamlined my inner thigh (seriously so painful when the jeans used to bunch up there),
and I was ready to jump that cross country course. Before then I had only ever worn jeans and what we call “riding tights” the slip on, drawstring waistband ones that sag so bad my crotch wouldn’t leave the saddle when posting. But now, I had worn a true breech and my life was changed FOREVER.
When my parents stopped supporting my riding habit, because I was an actual adult, I had to get real about dropping hundreds of dollars on a new pair of Tailored Sportsman’s. So I switched to the Smartpak Piper breeches and yeah….. another religious moment. Not gonna lie I bought a matching shirt to my navy/emerald breeches and felt like a total model walking around the barn that day.
The best part about breeches is how versatile they are. Every major equine company has their own line. They come in about 1,000,000 different colors, fabrics, cuts, and have pockets perfectly sized for phones, peppermints, and extra hairnets. And the best part is most companies finally figured out normal calf circumferences so no more killed circulation in your calves!
The breech – to – fashion crossover:
I literally wear breeches as if they were normal pants. I go to Target in them, I do my banking, I exercise in them. And WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT, REGULAR PEOPLE ARE WEARING BREECHES NOW TOO! I’ve seen breeches (knee patches and all) at American Apparel, Ralph Lauren, and Urban Outfitters. With breeches making a come back in everyday fashion I guess they really are the pant of the future!
Wait before I go …. did you see that they’re also wearing shipping boots now? (I posted it on the Oh No There’s Flowers Facebook page.)
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