Buying Pants: The Saga

Something you may know about me is that I have a pants obsession. A riding pants obsession. To the point where Assistant Trainer literally told me to stop buying pants. I have a problem.

My go-to has been the TS Trophy Hunters- the 26L fits like a glove and they’re super durable, so I haven’t felt any burning desire to change that up. Until now.

Partially because I really want to try some of the newer tech fabrics, partially because there are some really GORGEOUS options out there, partially because I’m a firm believer in voting with your wallet and I’m not super supportive of the TS brand ATM, and in large part because Amanda said she had breeches for sale.

It was a perfect storm to fuel my obsession.

It started simply: I asked for options in my size. She assured me that there would be plenty to choose from, and then convinced me that big sales mean the expense doesn’t actually count. I was willingly convinced.

She sent me picture after picture of high-end gorgeous pants. So so many. I was in heaven. Then she dropped the price bomb:


In classic Olivia fashion, I quickly made a spreadsheet to keep track of all the beautiful pants under consideration (in case you were wondering, the columns were brand, color, how much I liked them from 1-5, and price). Despite wanting to take them all, I knew I couldn’t.


I finally managed to narrow it down to the 3 top contenders. Despite originally being in the market for tan and white only, two of the three were colors. Womp womp. I have no willpower.


My spreadsheet only took me so far. I started spiraling. How could I give up any of those pants? At those prices?! I begged for help and got only “BUY THEM ALL” back. Traitor.


I continued spiraling. I continued making spreadsheets. I continued bombarding Amanda with a play-by-play into the workings of my brain.


Clearly asking for help from a financial angle wasn’t working. I decided to go the emotion route, hoping that Amanda would be able to give me some clarity. No such luck. I eventually had to make the call myself.


We both solidly threw Buddy Fianci under the bus (literally the day after he proposed, Trainer started talking to him about what a great wedding present an import would be. He is a very patient man). Buddy Fianci politely declined to buy me the pants. I’m still working on him.




I guess I can forgive her. After all, these gorgeous things are winging their way towards me:

Mmmmmmm pants.

And that, my friends, is how you buy pants in 34 easy steps when you’re a spreadsheet junkie, have no willpower, and have a friend with a bright future in sales.

29 thoughts on “Buying Pants: The Saga

  1. Stacie Seidman 02/02/2018 / 11:01 am

    She got me too. Thankfully the Iago weren’t my size, but I wanted them so hard! I love the leather trim.
    I got the green quilted belt and the black gloves with green trim that you may have seen in her post yesterday. And I almost bought some tan breeches with leather trim, but I found some self restraint. PLUS I paid for it all with gift cards, so it totally doesn’t count right? RIGHT?!


    • hellomylivia 02/02/2018 / 11:06 am

      I’ll make sure to send more pics of the Iagos, I’m SO EXCITED to try them out. Of course you got green! You gotta. Gift cards TOTALLY make it not count, I think you’re completely in the clear πŸ˜‰


  2. CallyJumps 02/02/2018 / 11:15 am

    I LOVE the two pairs of RJ Gulfs I have. My absolute favorite breeches, and I have quite a variety to choose from in the closet. Breeches are my weakness, too.


  3. the_everything_pony 02/02/2018 / 11:21 am

    Hahahaha I love this!! Thank you for adding in the phone convo. It’s so great! I’m trying to not get the Merlot RJs because I adore them….but omg if they’re that much off….Ugggghhhhhhh lol


    • hellomylivia 02/02/2018 / 11:51 am

      Good luck resisting once you start talking to her πŸ˜‰


  4. Holly 02/02/2018 / 11:22 am

    She got me too (uh, who is surprised Holly bought breeches? The answer should be NOBODY. NOBODY IS SURPRISED.)
    You’re seriously going to love fancy Italian pants though… welcome to the club of addicts. Now I can shop for you toooooo!


  5. Tracy - The Printable Pony 02/02/2018 / 11:30 am

    I’ve also fallen in love with the Gulfs! Riding Warehouse had them on sale so I bought two pairs… NO REGRETS.


  6. stampyandthebrain 02/02/2018 / 11:52 am

    Wow she got a lot of us to buy, lol. I just ordered some Winston breeches in tan, hopefully for Maestro’s show ring debut this year!


    • hellomylivia 02/02/2018 / 11:52 am

      Yay!! I hope you share how you like them, she’s been saying glowing things about the Winstons


  7. Joanne 02/02/2018 / 2:17 pm

    This was awesome. I think the spreadsheet idea was genius. I’ve a pair of breeches that color and they are great, they totally hide dirt. It’s like magic


    • hellomylivia 02/05/2018 / 8:44 am

      Oooh yes I love things that hide dirt. It’s why I love having a bay horse so much πŸ˜‰


  8. K 02/02/2018 / 2:36 pm

    I cannot wait to make an adult salary. Because I want to collect ALL of the pants.


  9. Karen M 02/02/2018 / 5:50 pm

    “Spendmymoney McDemonface” is more accurate than anything else ever.


  10. roamingridersite 02/02/2018 / 6:35 pm

    Ha! She nearly got me with the gorgeous grey breeches in her picture but I’m inherently cheap plus I’m hard to fit. Those green breeches are pretty tho!


    • hellomylivia 02/05/2018 / 8:46 am

      I’m annoyingly easy to fit, which doesn’t sound like a problem until there are 10 pairs that I want and I can’t eliminate any based on fit hahaha


  11. Liz 02/02/2018 / 6:42 pm


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  12. Amanda C 02/02/2018 / 9:14 pm

    I have to say, of all the colorful things I’ve been called so far in my life, Spendmymoney McDemonface is by far the most accurate.


    • hellomylivia 02/05/2018 / 8:46 am

      At least you have the self-awareness to realize and embrace it


  13. Hillary H. 02/02/2018 / 9:20 pm

    SPENDY MCDEMON face is literally the MOST accurate way to describe her. I’m over here like a beached whale at 7 months pregnant thinking hmmm but when I have the baby a new vest couuuld be useful. I finally had to just say nope not engaging. Maybe the only time being pregnant has “saved” me money. Minus the whole bringing a life that I have to pay for for the forseeable future part.

    Mad respect on the spreadsheet front. I have spreadsheets for everything!


    • hellomylivia 02/05/2018 / 8:47 am

      Yay spreadsheets! And then more spreadsheets to keep track of the spreadsheets…
      Hahaha love the silver lining of being pregnant (and can’t wait for your little to arrive!!!)


  14. rooth 02/08/2018 / 2:02 pm

    I agonize about buying riding pants as much as you do, but it’s about what COLOUR TS Trophy Hunters I’m going to get. Currently I have three pairs, only one of which is a neutral colour. Sigh.


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