Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are……
I’ll be the first to admit that I have a problem. Namely that I have many breeches and riding tights in my closet. And don’t have a favorite. I’m still searching for the elusive unicorn of riding breeches. Is it too much to ask for comfort, fit, look, and an affordable price tag?
Different brands have different pros and cons. Then you have a regional affinity. For example, in my area the favored brand are Tailored Sportsmans. But in the UK, Pikeur seems to be a reigning favorite.
So I sent out an S.O.S to equestrians on Twitter to ask which brands they favored and why. What did they say?
Popular Equestrian Apparel Brands
Tailored Sportsman (TS)
A classic American company, Tailored Sportsman is based in New York. Began in 2000, this brand is known for its quality, craftsmanship, and color variety. I have the classic tan for when I VERY occasionally ride in schooling shows. These are also my dress breeches.
They are form fitting and high-quality. My husband bought these for me one Christmas and the size is about an inch small in the waist, but bless his heart. I wear them when I’m feeling thin.
There is a large selection of color choices. I have my eye on a pair of “Clean Slate” color mid-rise side zip breeches to make me feel pretty.
Fellow equestrian blogger, Susan Friedland-Smith of Saddle Seeks Horse says, “About Tailoreds: They’re classic. The fit is flattering on my particular body type. The material is kinda dirt resistant. Fun colors.”
The down side? Prices start at $189.95 on Smartpak.
Pikeur markets itself as the world’s leading brand in riding wear. They are the official Olympic Equestrian outfitter. Their breeches are beautiful, well made, and considered long lasting. They also come with a hefty price tag starting at $260.
Here’s what equestrians have to say about Pikeur:
“Pikeur! They’re so comfy, wear & last really well & they do small sizing which is perfect for me ” @IssyCarlill
“Pikeur They are super comfortable and last far better than any other brand that I have tried! Totally worth the money ” @roosa_rantanen, Roosa’s Horsey Life
Dublin is an equestrian brand based that began in 1979 in Australia. According to the company:
“The range was a success and since then, the brand has developed into a stylish, popular and comfortable range of rider wear available in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Europe.”
I do not have a pair so cannot speak from experience, but they look extremely comfortable and have a wide range of breeches. Guess what? It seems they may have a pair for the more shapely riders.
Kerrits began in 1986 with, if you can believe it, bathing suits.
“In 1991, The Oregonian wrote about Kerrits Activewear, followed by a piece in The New York Times. That story mentioned Kerri’s desire to make similar, sport-specific, flattering clothes for women who shared her other passion: horses. The CEO of Eisers, a leading equestrian company, read the article and asked her to design a line. With simple packs of carrot seeds as hangtags, Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel took root.”
I have a number of Kerrits riding tights. Two big factors are that they have multiple weights summer and winter. I practically live in their fleece-lined winter riding tights. They are also extremely affordable, starting at $69.
The downside to Kerrits is they way the Ice-Fil grip my waist awkwardly and show off my curves a little too well. Not the most flattering fit around the mid section, especially in summer.
Like most equestrians I wish I had a never ending amount of money for equestrian apparel. I have yet to find the perfect fit for my body type, size 6/8 with Marilyn Monroe-like curves (without the actual Marilyn appeal). Is it too much to ask for comfort and a glorious backside when riding?
What are your favorite breeches?