Oh, WARHorses, we have a bone to pick with the riding apparel companies!
Product Review Written by WARHorses Contributing Writer, Karen McPeak
“Lady Godiva” Painting by William Holmes-Sullivan, 1877
Hundreds of WARHorses responded to our recent survey about riding wear options for mature riders. Loudly. Thanks to everyone who participated. Among other things, you wished:
“The waist band was higher, when seated normal waistbands dip and give those behind me a cheeky half moon ??”
Yes. This. Because our mooning days are over for the most part.
“They would ban low rise breeches!”
There’s a theme here. Don’t you just love constantly yanking up your breeches to cover that ever so mild (or not so mild) paunch that will not ever go back to its pre-childbirth, pre-weight loss, pre-weight gain, pre-menopausal tautness? And when you crank in that belt it only pulls upwards on the belt loops because the pants from crotch to waist are only three inches high to begin with. Sorry. We need pants that aren’t sized for toddlers.
“There were more options in larger sizes above ultra thin.”
Yes. And very petite women have trouble finding sizes that aren’t baggy, making them just as frustrated. I think it’s a conspiracy.
“Women’s pants, tights, breeches had pockets! Real pockets, not just big enough to put 1 car key in!”
POCKETS. OMG. I put my hand in my pocket the other day. My hand went in to my knuckles. Oh yeah. That’s useful. Try sticking a hoof pick in your pocket, or a screw driver, or any other tool. Now go look at men’s pants. Go ahead. I’ll wait. I’ll have your wine waiting when you come back even further fried about the inequities of the garment industry.
“Things fit less tight. Hot flashes combined with tight clothing is so awful.”
Tight clothing is pretty much awful under most circumstances. Here in the southeast US, tight clothes in the summer means a visible sweat band under the “girls”. Ain’t pretty or comfortable. And it really makes you think twice about stopping at the grocery store after leaving the barn. I mean, do it if you want to get in and out quickly because people will definitely give you a wide berth.