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Equestrian Clothing

The term ‘Equestrian Clothing’ covers a multitude of clothing types and styles; let’s just take a look at equestrian clothing suitable for Hacking/Trail Riding…
In just ‘Equestrian Clothing – legwear’ there are Jodhpurs, Breeches, Riding Tights, Pull On Jodhpurs and Leggings, all available in bootleg versions as well as standard ‘joddie leg’. The...

The term ‘Equestrian Clothing’ covers a multitude of clothing types and styles; let’s just take a look at equestrian clothing suitable for Hacking/Trail Riding…
In just ‘Equestrian Clothing – legwear’ there are Jodhpurs, Breeches, Riding Tights, Pull On Jodhpurs and Leggings, all available in bootleg versions as well as standard ‘joddie leg’. The options are almost endless.
A recent addition to the Equestrian Clothing offering in legwear is the Euro, or Lycra cuff. This cuff does not require an opening in order to get your foot through the leg, instead the leg is formed, from just under the knee down, in super-stretchy Lycra meaning they often fit wider calves with ease – and they sit super-smooth under boots or half-chaps. Result! This trend in Equestrian Clothing grew out of the European fashion for wearing legwear with knee-high socks…and of course, those socks need to look smooth and the traditional ‘touch & close’ cuff was bulky.
Equestrian Clothing fashion has moved at a pace in recent years. Let’s take the Equestrian Clothing category of ‘Show Jackets/Coats’; for years, buyers of Equestrian Clothing insisted on two options…plain polyester or lightweight wool, and Tweed/plaid. Polyester never looks that great and any wool content will mean a garment holds water; wool also ‘drapes’ as it is heavy and natural meaning a jacket you buy to fit you in March may fit a whole size larger by July. Great if you want to believe you have shrunk – but not so good if your cash flow is limited! Welcome to the equestrian clothing market ‘Soft Shell’ fabric! For the last three years Soft-shell show coats & jackets have dominated the Equestrian Clothing Trade Fair ‘Spoga’. Whilst still entirely woven from man-made fabric (polyester or nylon,) the weave is extremely close and fine, which means the look of it is a soft, silk-like sheen; as an added bonus the outer layer is almost 100% waterproof with droplets running away like mercury. Win : win!
Some categories of equestrian clothing see few changes and have remained the same for many years; see ‘Equestrian Clothing – Half Chaps’! Possibly because they are a basic essential within equestrian clothing, half chaps still tend to follow the same design, and use the same materials as they did ten or twenty years ago – Leather, and Faux Leather. Yes, equestrian clothing designers try to woo us into half-chaps made of mesh, neoprene and quilted nylon (and I should know,) but sales of those offerings are miniscule when compared to those of Leather.
What is always interesting in the world of equestrian clothing is the marked differences in taste when viewed from a ‘Country-wide’ perspective… Fuller Fillies is an established Brand within the equestrian clothing market and as such, has travelled to many other Countries to ‘whip up a storm’ so to speak. In the USA it is rare to see a lady rider who is not wearing a belt; it is considered an essential part of the equestrian clothing wardrobe whilst in the UK you seldom see riders wearing them. Many of the standards of equestrian clothing held dear by the British, bring a look of amazement to the faces of our American Sisters - Jodhpurs have to top this list; Americans cannot see why anyone over the age of 10 would wear them – so ladies wear either Breeches (or ‘britches’) or Riding Tights. When Fuller Fillies launched in the USA I was relieved to discover ‘Riding Tights’ were really just Jodhpurs with the cuff turned down!
Of course, equestrian clothing isn’t solely the domain of the UK and USA…equestrian clothing is worn throughout the World!
For our ‘antipodean’ sisters in Australia and New Zealand the sun causes untold problems (yes, if only we could suffer these problems from time to time in the UK…). Due to the fading of fabrics caused by the strong sun, almost all fabrics within the equestrian clothing marketplace have to offer excellent ‘colour permanence’ qualities – meaning that the majority of equestrian clothing made or purchased there is ‘yarn dyed’, and therefore man-made. Americans and Brits still love their cottons if they can get them; we don’t get much sun!
When Fuller Fillies launched their collection of equestrian clothing in Australia we were asked to supply show jodhpurs and breeches in a ‘toffee’ brown – we have never been sure why this was; maybe the sun reflecting off White or Beige blinds the horses or judges?
Whether your need for equestrian clothing is practical, or you have a taste for equestrian clothing styles purely as a fashion statement, you can be certain that your specific taste is catered for, somewhere in the intriguing world of equestrian clothing!

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