While fads come and go, Tailored Sportsman breeches have been de rigeur on the rated circuits for a very long time. They are classic. They are well made. They only come up to size 36 in women’s.
They are, however, available in up to a size 42 in men’s!
I first got the idea when I inherited a pair of men’s breeches from my husband’s short-lived riding career. He loves being around the horses and helping around the barn, but the riding was a like, not a love. (There’s a difference between like and love. I like my Skechers, but I love my Prada backpack…)
Yeah, I went there.
I may be curvy, but my husband’s TuffRider breeches fit me fine. That’s when it hit me, larger male riders are more accepted. Thus, lots of things are available in larger waist sizes.
The main difference besides the zipper direction, which nobody notices anyway, is the pockets. Men’s breeches do have back pockets, but nowadays lots of the fancy bedazzled women’s breeches have pockets anyway. I’ve never had a person look twice at the pockets of my breeches.
With a coat on, it’s barely noticeable.
Here I am wearing a pair of TS Men’s Supreme Hunter breeches in a size 40. You can barely notice the pockets. They’re a great 4-way stretch, so they accommodate my hips without issue.
The other great thing is, due to the dearth of male English riders, you can often find men’s breeches on clearance. I scored this pair for $60 brand new.
So that’s my secret for expanding the breech options.
If you score some awesome new breeches, post it in the comments!