So, riding clothes are super expensive (why is that though – like really, it’s just stretch pants). While that is a mystery we will never solve, we can satisfy our endless list of needs (okay… wants) by shopping around online.
Heather & Riki recently received an order from Tried Equestrian, as H has had really good success ordering from them in the past. With the order came a lovely post card, with some real food for thought on the back (see below). So our tip for this Tuesday is to buy used! Not only can shopping pre-loved mean that we can be more budget friendly, but it also is a positive impact for our community, and the environment. #WINNING
Now, there are a few caveats. Shopping online can be really tough, especially with all the different sizes out there (European, UK, Italian, French, American – these are the ones we encounter the most!). Our best advice is to do your homework. Certain brands fit smaller or larger, and use different sizing depending on where they are manufactured. We would recommend looking up sizing charts for the specific brand you want to buy (usually available on their own websites), and then reach out to the community for more info! Check out some online forums (COTH has great ones!), or even use Facebook to ask your compatriots about their experiences with different brands. You can feel free to contact us too! We’ve tried a lot of different brands and can give some insight as to how they fit, if you’re curious.
Some size charts will provide specific measurements – it is worth it to have a cloth measuring tape to see what your size will be (also useful if you ever decide to fit your own custom boots!). Otherwise, we find your best bet is to find an item you have that fits well, find its measurements and then use that information to inform your choices. Here’s a good example:
Heather has a Gersemi Idun coat, and the inside tag reads 38D (um… what?). To the internet! The search tells her that German sizing is the same as European sizing, and Gersemi uses European sizing. I guess that’s why the “D” makes sense (Deutschland!). So, Heather wanted a Cavalleria Toscana coat, which is made in Italy. So, more internet searches reveal the following:
The chart above is by no means exhaustive, and it also does not reveal brand-specific sizing. For example, we have heard that Cavalleria Toscana fits small, so one would do well to size up. When Heather ordered her CT coat, she found the exact one she wanted, but it only was available in a 44. Checking the size chart, it was clear that this would match with the sizing of her Gersemi coat, but given the brand’s reputation for a snug fit, this was going to be a risk. The coat arrived, and true to form, it was a bit snug. Lesson learned. One thing to always keep in mind, it’s always possible to take something in, but it can be very challenging to let it out! So, part two of our Tip Tuesday will be: when in doubt, size up!
Happy shopping, babes! Remember: shop local, be a responsible consumer, and shine bright like the beautiful diamond that you are!