Tuesday, May 8, 2012

2012 Guide to the Best Denim Breeches

Merely an emerging trend when we wrote our original “denim breeches” post back in 2010, this look has now become a riding apparel wardrobe staple. Virtually every breech manufacturer has their own version of a denim jod, so how do you choose? By consulting Dappled Grey’s 2012 Guide to the Best Denim Breeches, of course!

2012 Guide to the Best Denim Breeches

"Couture Jean Rider" by Goode Rider

The Trendsetter – The Goode Rider “Jean Rider “ put the denim breeches trend on the map, and now there’s a whole stable of GR denim styles to choose from. Our favorites are the “Couture Jean Rider” and the “Jean Rider” in black. The Couture Jean Rider in Putty (a light brown denim)  and Bling (crystal buttons and grommets) also offer a fresh, stylish spin on the denim breech. The entire collection of Goode Rider denim is very flattering, durable, and comfortable in the saddle. Low rise knee patch and full seat styles available; $169- $179.


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"Jessica" Denim Breech from Kingsland

The Professional’s Choice – The Kingsland “Jessica,” a traditional-looking, front-zip breech in stretchy Schoeller denim, is a top choice of professional hunter/jumper riders. Red  front pocket stitching and an embroidered  rear pocket detail add a bit of sophisticated personality to this breech, but the dark, smooth denim maintains a very clean, professional look.  Low rise/knee patch with euro seat; $174 – $249.


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Ladies Denim Breech from Romfh International

The Best BuyRomfh has many fans of its well-fitting, affordably-priced breeches, and the their “Ladies Denim Breech” is no exception. Based on their popular “International” breech, Romfh’s denim breeches are a flattering dark wash with white contrast stitching. Low rise/knee patch/euro seat and regular rise/full seat available; $100-$128.


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"Stretch Denim Jeans" by Irideon

The Newcomer  - One might think it would be hard to innovate on denim breeches, but the irideon “Stretch Denim Jeans,” just released for Spring 2012, deliver a new addition to the denim breech field. Based on the design of their riding tights, this denim jean is made of four-way stretch and has no inseam to eliminate chafing. The black denim is slimming and the mid rise provides the necessary coverage riders need without going too far – a good bet to fit most bodies. With adorable horsehead stitching on the rear pockets, we know one irideon designer who rocks her “Stretch Denim Jeans” as street style with boots or ballet flats. Knee patch; $76.


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Denim "Beka" breech by FITS

The Functional Favorite – The “F” in FITS stands for “fun” but it could just as well be functional. Die-hards fans will tell you that the fit and features of these breeches really do make them ride more effectively. FITS does their dark, smooth denim two ways: a low rise/side zip/knee patch “Beka” breech and a “Laura” moderate low rise/side zip/segmented full seat. $140-$172.


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B. Vertigo "Maria" by Horze

The Globetrotter – Have you heard of Horze? This Finnish brand launched its B. Vertigo line in 2011 to a very positive reception in the States and elsewhere. Perfect for the international excitement of an Olympic year, the B. Vertigo “Maria” is a four-way stretch denim with a sporty flag design on both rear pockets. Available in full seat or knee patch/euro seat; $189-$209.


PS – Looking to stay one step ahead of the trends? Head on over to our post about white denim breeches. This traditional style can be borrowed by other disciplines too!

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1 Stephanie A May 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

Forget the breeches, I want the boots from the first picture!  Any idea what they are?

2 Bettina Treyer May 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Stefanie—the Miss Blink have a slightly higher waist than the other HKM’s, but none are really low waisted and they all are a bit higher in the back :)

3 Stefanie Rossetti May 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thanks Bettina! Do you know if the fit is like the “Ms. Blinks”?

4 Stefanie Rossetti May 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I love the fit of the HKMs. I guess I’d be an “hourglass”. Small waist, curvy thru the hip w/ “athletic” thighs. I tried all of the denim breeches available at Dover (good rider, fits, rompf, Kerrits ) and didn’t care for the fit of any of them. For me the side zips were the most unflattering. Goode rider and rompf came close but the good riders were just not flattering (too low of a rise maybe?) I wasn’t crazy about the fabric of the Rompfs (too little stretch) and they were a bit tight in the thighs. The HKMs fit me like a glove. Perfect rise. Below the belly button but not too low and higher in back so the whole world doesn’t see your drawers when you’re in the saddle! I’m between sizes 28 and 30 depending on the brand. Since they were euro I went with the 30 and they were perfect. I want to get them in the other colors now!

5 Bettina Treyer May 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Dappled Grey —the fit of the HKM’s is great! They fit true to size and almost all body types. They are easy to care for, washer and dryer safe, and the seat material is bi-elastic, so it’s extremely comfortable to wear :)

6 Dappled Grey May 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Barbara DaSilva I’ve tried to include the best options for a variety of bodies/preferences. For my shape and the feel I personally like in the saddle, I really like the Goode Rider’s. But these are all great options. Bettina Treyer and Stefanie Rossetti I like the HKM’s too but have never ridden in a pair. How’s the fit?

7 Bettina Treyer May 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

@Stephanie, HKM actually makes quite a few really fun denim breeches: http://www.dqs-corner.com/index.php?cPath=21&osCsid=847a8e8c926d66563f71474292ff7f39

8 Stefanie Rossetti May 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

HKM Makes an awesome pair! If I could wear them every day I would! http://www.exclusivelyequestrian.com/product_info.php?products_id=269

9 Barbara DaSilva May 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

those are great! what’s your favorite? I like those Horze with the cute back embroidery.

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