As a plus-sized equestrian, finding the perfect riding attire that fits well and flatters your figure can sometimes feel like a daunting task. In this guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about navigating the world of plus-size equestrian apparel, from finding the right fit to choosing the best styles for your riding discipline. Whether you’re in search of comfortable breeches, stylish show shirts, or functional outerwear, we’ve got you covered with tips, recommendations, and expert advice to help you look and feel your best in the saddle.

Are Equestrian Sports and Apparel Size-Inclusive?

Equestrian sports and apparel have historically struggled with inclusivity, particularly regarding size. The limitations begin with the community’s bias towards smaller riders. Equestrian sports adhere to strict standards of fit and style, which don’t always cater to a diverse range of body types. However, in recent years, there’s been a growing recognition of the need for size inclusivity in the equestrian community.

Some equestrian apparel brands are beginning to offer a wider range of sizes to accommodate different body shapes and sizes. Additionally, there are initiatives within the equestrian community to promote body positivity and inclusivity, encouraging riders of all sizes to participate in the sport by making horseback riding more accessible for plus-sized riders.

Despite these positive developments, there is still progress to be made in ensuring that equestrian sports and apparel are fully inclusive. Advocates continue to push for greater representation and accessibility for individuals of all sizes within the equestrian world.

What to Look for When Shopping for Plus Size Equestrian Apparel

Plus-sized riders have more options than ever before when it comes to equestrian apparel. Here are some features and qualities you should look for when shopping for your next pair of breeches or a new show coat.

Flexible, Breathable, and Moisture-Wicking Materials

Look for apparel that offers a comfortable fit without being too tight or restrictive. Fabrics with stretch, such as spandex or elastane blends, can provide flexibility and ease of movement for plus-sized riders. You can easily work up a sweat while horseback riding, so opt for moisture-wicking and breathable fabrics to keep you cool and dry during rides, especially in warmer weather. Breathable fabric helps prevent chafing and discomfort as well.

Learn more: The Ultimate Guide to Equestrian Apparel for Hot Weather

Compression Panels

Compression garments promote better circulation by gently compressing blood vessels, which can help reduce swelling and inflammation in your legs and feet. Improved blood flow ensures that oxygen and nutrients are delivered more efficiently to your muscles, enhancing recovery and reducing the risk of injury.

Durability

Look for high-quality materials and construction to ensure that your apparel can withstand the rigors of equestrian activities and frequent use. Reinforced gussets and seams are a great example of high durability in equestrian apparel.

Functionality

Consider the specific requirements of your discipline or activity. For example, if you participate in dressage, look for riding breeches with full-seat grips for added stability in the saddle. If you are a show jumper or hunter-jumper equestrian, look for knee-patch breeches.

Style and Aesthetics

While functionality is key, don’t overlook the importance of style and aesthetics. Choose apparel that reflects your personal taste and makes you feel confident in the saddle, which in turn can help boost your performance while riding and competing.

Plus Size Equestrian Outfits by Discipline

Looking for some inspiration for your equestrian wardrobe? Here are our top picks for plus-sized riders looking to level up their equestrian look.

Dressage

Dressage is all about pageantry, skill, and style. Make sure your dressage look is polished and elegant with these necessary items.

Sofia Plus Blue Label Show Shirt

women's plus size show shirt from RJ Classics

The Sofia Show Shirt is a must-have for plus-sized dressage riders seeking to elevate their show attire. Crafted with a blend of wicking and stretch fabrics, this shirt ensures optimal comfort and flexibility during your rides. The addition of UPF 30 sun protection guarantees safety under the sun.

Designed with modern seam lines, a hidden zipper placket, and a snap collar, the Sofia shirt exudes elegance and sophistication in the dressage arena. Plus, with the inclusion of a stock tie loop, it seamlessly accommodates traditional dressage attire. Available in sizes 1X and 2X, the Sofia Plus Show Shirt caters to riders of all levels and body types, ensuring a flattering fit and effortless style for every equestrian.

Harmony Plus Mesh Show Coat

women's plus size show coat

The Harmony Plus Mesh Show Coat is the perfect addition to any rider’s wardrobe, and it comes in both Navy and Black. Available in size 18W-24W, the Harmony is a best-selling show coat for the R.J. Classics brand because of its extremely lightweight and breathable mesh body fabric that ensures unparalleled comfort and airflow, keeping you cool and focused during your rides. The addition of an Italian Jersey front panel adds a touch of conservative contrast, perfect for capturing attention while maintaining a polished appearance.

Designed for the modern rider, the Harmony coat boasts hidden interior zippers, modern back seams, and vertical zipper pockets for added functionality and style. Featuring traditional plus-size numeric sizing options, every rider can expect a consistent and amazing fit, regardless of body type or shape. Plus, it’s conveniently machine washable, ensuring easy care and maintenance.

Hunter-Jumper

In addition to the Sofia Plus Blue Label Show Shirt and the Harmony Plus Mesh Show Coat, plus-sized hunter-jumpers will enjoy these high-quality breeches.

Gracie Plus Knee Patch Breech

women's plus size breeches

The Gracie Plus Breech offers a flattering silhouette for plus-sized hunter-jumper riders, featuring a timeless design and unique details to elevate your riding wardrobe. Crafted from premium quick-dry and stretch fabric, these breeches strike the perfect balance between comfort and structure, allowing for unrestricted movement while maintaining a polished appearance. The addition of Clarino™ knee patches provides enhanced grip and durability, perfect for hunter-jumpers.

Designed with plus-sized rider’s needs in mind, the Gracie Plus Breech features a Comfort Stretch waistband with silicone grip that ensures your shirt stays tucked in neatly throughout your ride. The innovative tummy control pocket design offers additional support where you need it most, enhancing your confidence in the saddle. Sizes range from 18W to 24W and available colors Sand, Evening Blue, and Graphite. Complete with a mesh lower leg panel for additional breathability and airflow, these breeches are the epitome of style, comfort, and performance for the modern hunter-jumper rider. 

Plus-Sized Equestrian Apparel for Every Body

With the equestrian community finally embracing plus-sized riders, there are more and more stylish and functional apparel options to suit your needs. Embrace your unique journey in the saddle with confidence, knowing that you can look and feel your best while pursuing your passion for equestrian sports. Choosing R.J. Classics for all your equestrian apparel needs is the best way to find fashionable, affordable equestrian clothing that’s made to last. No matter your equestrian discipline, you’ll find the perfect riding outfit with R.J. Classics.

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