The Ultimate Guide to Riding Breeches: Styles, Fits, and Fabrics

The Ultimate Guide to Riding Breeches: Styles, Fits, and Fabrics

Welcome to the world of equestrian fashion, where style meets functionality. Whether you're a seasoned rider or new to the sport, understanding the nuances of riding breeches is essential. They are more than just a piece of attire; they are an extension of your riding experience. Since we are dedicated to women riders, we bring you an in-depth guide to help you choose the perfect pair of breeches for you.

Understanding the Basics: What are Riding Breeches?

Riding breeches are specialized pants designed for horse riding. They are crafted to provide comfort, flexibility, and durability, ensuring a secure and friction-free experience in the saddle. Unlike regular pants, breeches are tailored to prevent bunching and provide grip where it's most needed.

Different Styles of Breeches

  • Full Seat Breeches: Ideal for dressage riders, full seat breeches offer extra grip with a full-length grip running from the seat to the ankle, offering stability in the saddle.
  • Knee Patch Breeches: Perfect for jumpers and hunters, these breeches have grip patches at the knee area, providing flexibility while allowing free movement.
  • Jodhpurs: Typically used for casual riding or show ring in children’s classes, jodhpurs extend to the ankle and are worn with jodhpur boots.
  • Winter Breeches: Made with thermal fabrics, these keep you warm and comfortable during cold weather rides.
  • Summer Breeches: Light and breathable, they are perfect for hot weather, providing comfort without compromising on grip.

Fit and Size: Finding Your Perfect Match

  • Waist Fit: Choose breeches that sit comfortably at your natural waistline. They should not be too tight or too loose.
  • Length: Breeches come in regular, long, and short lengths. Ensure they fit well around your ankle without excess material bunching up.
  • Size: Our size guide provides detailed measurements. It’s essential to measure yourself before selecting a size for the perfect fit.

Fabrics and Materials: Comfort Meets Durability

  • Cotton Blend: 
    • Popular for its breathability and comfort. Ideal for everyday riding.
  • Synthetic Fabrics: (Most recommended)
    •  Such as nylon and spandex, offer stretch and durability. They are also quick-drying and maintain their shape. We at Armateq offer a state of the art Nylon Spandex mix that is designed to withstand all kinds of usage specific to equestrians. Click here to see our Breeches to see more features.
  • Microfiber: A high-tech fabric that wicks away moisture, perfect for summer riding.
  • Fleece-lined: For winter breeches, providing warmth without bulkiness.

Caring for Your Breeches

  • Washing: Most breeches are machine washable. Use a gentle cycle and avoid fabric softeners that can degrade the fabric's grip.
  • Drying: Air dry your breeches. Avoid direct sunlight and do not tumble dry to preserve the elasticity and grip patches.
  • Storage: Hang them in a cool, dry place to prevent mold and mildew.

Style Tips

  • Color Coordination: Match your breeches with your riding tops and jackets for a polished look.
  • Accessorizing: Belts not only add style but also ensure a snug fit.
  • Riding Boots: Pair your breeches with the right riding boots for a complete look


Riding breeches are a crucial element of your equestrian gear. They not only define your style but also impact your comfort and performance. Understanding the different styles, fits, and fabrics will help you make an informed decision. Remember, the right pair of breeches can elevate your riding experience significantly. Happy riding!

Check out our hybrid sculpt breeches - the perfect blend of a traditional riding breech and a legging-style breech. Made with recycled traditional breech fabric (Nylon + Spandex).

Check out our Evelien breeches - A recycled light-weight breathable breech that is perfect for the warmest conditions.

Both styles of our breeches are made with sustainable, recycled material.

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