Women’s Riding Shirts: A Complete Guide to Choosing the Right One

Last Updated on August 18, 2023 by Allison Price

Riding, just like any other activity, requires proper clothes and accessories. Further, when it comes to women riders or any rider, proper gear and clothing are of utmost necessity. When it comes to riding clothes, comfort and safety are both equally required. For women riders, having the right clothing is just as important as having the right gear. Women’s riding shirts provide protection from elements like wind and rain while also allowing for freedom of movement. 

However, finding the right guide to choose their riding clothes and gear can be quite daunting at times. But don’t worry; we are at your rescue. 

In this guide, we’ll look at what makes a good women’s riding shirt and how to choose one that will meet your needs. 

What Makes a Good Women’s Riding Shirt? 

A good women’s riding shirt should be comfortable, breathable, and protective in all weather conditions. It should fit snugly without being too tight or restrictive. The fabric should be lightweight yet durable enough to withstand any kind of terrain or activity you may encounter while out on your ride. Look for features such as reflective materials for increased visibility when you’re on the road after dark, the shirts need to be waterproof as well for added protection from wet weather, and mesh panels for increased ventilation during warmer months. All these elements make a riding shirt worth investing in. 

Choosing Your Size 

When choosing a size for your women’s riding shirt, it is important to take into account both your body type and the type of fit you want. If you are looking for a more tailored fit that follows your curves closely but still allows freedom of movement, then go down a size smaller than what you would normally wear in casual clothing styles. If you prefer a looser fit with some extra room, then go up a size larger than what you would typically wear in everyday clothes sizes. Measure yourself against sizing charts provided by each manufacturer before purchasing so that you get the most accurate fit possible when ordering online or shopping at stores in person. 

Types of Fabrics Used in Women’s Riding Shirts 

Most quality women’s riding shirts are made from fabrics such as cotton blends (often combined with spandex), polyester/spandex blends (for added stretch), nylon/spandex blends (for lightweight breathability), merino wool (for insulation) or high-tech synthetic fabrics (such as GORE-TEX®). When selecting fabric types, consider where and how often you will be using your shirt. If it is going to regularly come into contact with water, then opt for something water-resistant or waterproof. On the other hand, if it is primarily used during warm summer months, then look for something lightweight and breathable. Further, if cold temperatures are common, then opt for thicker materials such as merino wool which provides warmth without adding bulkiness or weight, and in case durability is what you are looking for, then choose fabrics designed specifically with abrasion resistance qualities like those found in GORE-TEX® fabrics. Finally, consider whether UV protection properties might be necessary depending on where you ride most often – certain synthetic fabrics can offer UPF ratings of 50+ which block 98% of harmful UV rays from reaching the skin underneath them. So in order to get the best riding comfort, choose the material very wisely when shopping for riding shirts.   

Additional Features You May Want To Consider 

There are several additional features worth considering when choosing a women’s riding shirt, including pockets (handy storage space!), adjustable cuffs (to keep sleeves secure), thumbholes (to help keep sleeves down during rides), and vented back panels (additional airflow). Other additional features also include anti-odor technology treatments(keeps smell away!)drawstrings/cords at waistband/hemline(adjustable fits!), hoods/collars(added weather protection!). All these features can make wearing your new riding shirt even more enjoyable.   


Finding the perfect women’s riding shirt doesn’t have to be complicated. Just make sure that whatever style you select meets all three requirements: comfort, breathability & protection! Take into consideration factors such as fabric types & additional features so that your new purchase fits well & serves its purpose well – no matter where the roads take you!

Allison Price
Allison Price

I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!