I suspect that for most eventers (me included), breeches are usually either pale for competitions, or safely dark (more flattering, plus great at hiding the dirt) for the yard, but there’s no denying that there are some fabulous colours and styles around for the more matchy-matchily inclined.
Here are the ones that particularly caught my eye at BETA.
La Valencio was one of the glitziest makes, with these gorgeous orange and teal pairs, which I photographed every time I saw them, determined to try to get 1 shot that really did them justice.
They also make this denim pair with stud detailing on the hips, a really nice touch. Not blindingly blingy, more low-key than the really bright diva-ish colours with diamante or gold embellishments, but definitely a nice detail to raise them above the norm.
Velcro leg closures are now totally old hat (thank goodness!): the new style, seen everywhere, is a softer, stretchy panel that fits snugly around the calf, sometimes in a contrasting coloured fabric, sometimes in an identical colour to the fabric on the leg.
These have a navy full seat, although I suspect they’d probably only look really great on someone size 12 or less! Definitely very eye-catching.
Equi-Theme showed a pair of camouflage pattern breeches (I guess it was only a matter of time, since ‘camo’ has become so popular in mainstream fashion) and, with another nod to the military, Horseware have incorporated cargo pockets on their ‘Polo’ breeches for Autumn/Winter 2014/15.
This stunning dark grey pair was, for me, just about THE most covetable item at BETA.
I love outside pockets like these on breeches – somewhere safe to put my phone and tackroom key, no more ‘hipbone crushed against phone’ moments. Plus, they are surprisingly flattering, the pocket breaking up the line of the thigh. The fabric was just the right thickness for autumn, and with a pair of thermal tights underneath would probably be great for the depths of winter too.
These won’t be on sale till Autumn, but I’ll be doing my very best to get my mitts on a pair as soon as they’re available.
These navy denim-look breeches were from the same collection, Horseware Polo. The offset beige pull-strap is unusual, and will enable an exact fit on the waist.
The knee patches are in the same beige, as is the stitching, a nice touch.
They’re more utilitarian than the blingier, more attention-grabbing styles and colours, but some of us prefer it a bit more low-key, so these will be just the ticket.
For men, there was also a good choice, with styles in dark colours for the yard as well as beige or white. Dainese Equestrian’s (whose body protectors are worn by the likes of Jock Paget) Molvedo breeches really caught my eye. In fact this is, unusually, a unisex breech, and I and Lucy from e-Venting both tried them on with the view to having a couple of pairs for T&T, and loved the fit and feel of them. The sizing is Italian, and perhaps very slightly on the small side – if in doubt, I’d go up a size. The fabric is just the right mixture of stretch and support.
The knee patches have a pattern made of very hard-wearing silicone for enhanced grip, and are carefully designed and shaped to avoid any bunching of fabric on the inside of the knees as you ride, and the kneecap areas have distinctive double rows of stitching, which interest me, since this is exactly the place where my breeches always eventually fail, right across the knees!
They’re available in Chocolate, Navy, Stone, or White.
I hope that round-up of yard breeches has been of interest, I’ll do a ‘Competition Breeches seen at BETA’ version soon.