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!
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.
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.
The Best Buy – Romfh 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.
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.
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.
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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