When it is about riding, my jeans have to be perfect. Not every model is ok, and after many years, and many pairs of jeans, I think I found the ones that fit me. In my opinion, riding jeans must have some specific characteristics. First of all they should have a mid waist. I hate low rise riding jeans, they are uncomfortable and, if you use them for showing, your show shirt will always slip out of them. They should be elastic to let my legs move in the best way possible. I don’t like when the fabric is too “hard” and it doesn’t have a nice, soft feeling on the skin.
They also have to be “real” boot cut! Sometimes you can see many “boot cut” jeans they are simply too skinny and you can see the sign of the boots under them. It looks horrible. An another important factor is the length. I want my jeans to be long enough to cover the legging of my boots. I think it doesn’t look good if people can see my boots because my jeans are too short. It costs me nothing to check the length of my jeans when I buy them and make sure they will be long enough to cover my boots when I will be on the saddle.
The colour is an another important factor: I wear only blue jeans. I know that there are a lot of black, light blue and shaded jeans, but I just keep it simple. I choose blue jeans also because I wear them for the Ranch Riding class and I want a simple, clean look.
Finally I am not a fan of the so called “blingy jeans”. They look beautiful, sexy and original. They are just fine to walk around at a show in a day in which you don’t have classes… but not for riding. Most of them are richly decorated in the back pockets and, if you wear them for riding, you risk to ruin the seat of your saddle.
To summarize, my ideal riding jeans must have three characteristics: they must fit good, they must be long enough to cover my boots and they must be comfortable.
What do you think? Which are the characteristics of your ideal riding jeans?