Andrea was like a child waiting for Christmas Day ever since she placed her City Breech Pre-order back in the Fall. It was so annoying listening to her obsess over their pending arrival. In fact, when she found out she was pregnant, her first comment to her barn friends was, "What if my Le Fash breeches now don't fit when they come?". And she wonders why I swat her in the face with my tail every chance I get?
The breeches came and she just couldn't wait to get to the barn to show everyone. I must admit that these pants are superior to the other things she wears to the barn. Does anyone else have a rider who thinks that the barn is the place to wear your stained, torn, too-small clothes? Le Fash once again shows us that the barn does not have to be a haven for last season's attire. You can still be fashionable and functional…and be at the barn! God knows I pull that feat off on a daily basis.
Andrea ordered the Gotham City Breech (with Gold Pocket Rivets). The Gotham is a black breech with saddle brown-colored soft knee patches. My favorite detail is the faux gold snap at the ankle which is placed perfectly over the adjustable velcro snap. This elegant, subtle detail is one of many that helps transform the breech from one that can be worn straight from the arena to the mall, with a simple change of shoe. Andrea confirmed that the snap in no way interferes and/or rubs with your chaps or boots. The pocket rivets on the front and back of the pants match the aforementioned gold ankle snap (these are optional), as well as the gold buttons sometimes found on the Le Fash show shirts.
The fit was modern with an European-stitch seat and moderate low-rise fit. There are multiple pockets on the breech, but to my surprise the pants remained slim looking, without any extra bulk, despite my preggo rider. Andrea commented many times while riding that she felt like they gave her a closer feel to the saddle (and me). She also said it didn't feel like wearing a typical breech, that it was more similar to wearing a lightweight pant, such as her J. Crew Pixie work pants. Since I have never worked a day in my life, I cannot relate to this sentiment. I can only attest to the fact that I felt prettier when she was riding me in these breeches, which really is all that matters.
The City Breech also comes in Hunter Tan and White, which probably would have been more practical for the show ring, but who can resist a nice black pant, especially one as stylish and slimming as the Gotham City Breech.