Men's Shooting Tweed Breeks, Plus Fours & Moleskin Trousers
Not wearing appropriate clothing while out in the field can very quickly become an uncomfortable experience, which is why choosing the right pair of trousers, breeks, plus fours or plus twos is so very important.
A pair from the high street that ticks a lot of boxes will always be a fashion garment, not a specially designed utilitarian garment for active pursuits like country walking, fishing, hunting or shooting. Plus twos are a very popular choice for country gents, cut with two inches of fabric beneath the knee, plus fours, on the other hand, are slightly more loose fitting with four inches of fabric beneath the knee. Frequently worn with a matching men's tweed waistcoat, a tweed blazer, or a tweed coat and a tweed flat cap to finish off the outfit. The more avant-garde might wear them with much more contrasting colours. If you're considering buying men's shooting tweed breeks for men, have a look at the range from Walker and Hawkes above.
What Are Plus Fours?
You may be wondering why on earth these trousers that look similar to breeches are called plus fours? Well, the answer is far more straightforward than you may be thinking, plus fours are essentially breeches that extend four inches below the knee. It’s pretty obvious now that I’ve told you, isn’t it?!
The first plus fours came into prominence in the 1920’s, matching the more casual, and loose style of the time, they were commonly worn by men out for a days shooting, and were also incredibly popular on the golf course for the additional movement that they offered golfers compared to the traditional golfing trousers of the time.
This British style staple was also a favourite across the pond in the good old US of A by the then Prince of Wales, Edward VIII in 1924, and it wasn’t long before the Americans adopted the look - and in fact, you still see the look over there today!
Commonly made from moleskin (a heavy fabric made from woven cotton), or tweed - plus fours are known to be both incredibly comfortable and hard wearing, in fact - it’s not uncommon for one pair to last one a lifetime.
Take care of your plus fours, and you just might find that you’ll be passing them down to your son, a great heirloom that won’t just sit on a shelf, but will be used for countless adventures!
How to Wear Plus Fours?The height of style in the 1920’s this delightfully smart yet casual attire has come in and out of mainstream fashion over the years, starting in the 1920’s, they have always been a staple of the countryside.
In the 1950’s they were the epitome of bicycle fashion, with both men and ladies in the 1960’s wearing these while travelling around town on their bicycles.
They were perhaps most recently thrust back into the spotlight of day to day fashion by the singer Andre Benjamin of Outkast who included them in his clothing range, inspired by Ivy League athletes of the 1930’s.
Wearing Plus Fours is much to do with personal style, here are a few examples of how you could wear your new pair of plus fours and rock the look:
SmartWear as part of a matching three-piece suit, with plus fours, waistcoat, and jacket - preferably in tweed. Add a silk necktie, a tweed flat cap, and leather golf shoes!
CasualI wouldn’t say that plus fours are the most casual attire, but if you do choose to dress them down for a more relaxed look, I’d suggest pairing with a pair of knee-length argyle socks, a shirt, and either a sweater vest or full jumper.
HipsterMany old-fashioned things are being adopted by the younger folks of today, but made to work for right now. To hipster-ify your plus fours, first of all - gents, grow an impressive beard.
Then you should throw on with some brightly patterned knee-length socks, a brightly coloured blazer, throw on a homburg or boater hat - and don’t forget an oversized pocket watch!
FashionableFor a high fashion, straight off of the catwalk look, you’ll want to pair your plus 4’s with a long jacket, crisp white shirt, bold scarf and either a beanie or bowler hat.
Where to Buy Plus Fours?Finding plus fours to suit your style is pretty easy, these fabulous short length walking trousers suit just about anyone, and often come in classic colours that go with just about anything.
We stock a full range of high quality plus 4 trousers ideal for gents who enjoy shooting, fishing or walking in the Great British countryside, and with a best price guarantee, speedy shipping, and quick and easy returns you’re guaranteed to be satisfied!
All of our plus fours come from UK suppliers renowned for their country clothing prowess, working with companies such as Walker and Hawkes and Hunter Outdoor - both of whom have expert knowledge of the country, what country gents needs out of their clothing, and how to make you look your very best!
You can be confident in purchasing your plus 4’s from us, with the highest quality materials including moleskin and tweed, a multitude of sizes on offer, as well as the best colours choices for the discerning gent.
What Are Plus Twos?
Very similar to breeks, knickerbockers, and plus fours - unsurprising if you read through our explanation of plus fours, these plus 2’s happen to be trousers with the fabric length on the leg measuring down to two inches below the knee.
Commonly made from a sturdy and hard-wearing material such as a tweed, moleskin, and nowadays they can also be found with added spandex for a little extra stretch.
If you plan on bending down a lot or will be in a seated position while fishing, you may prefer the added flexibility of plus fours, but these can’t be beaten when it comes to golf.
They are still the go-to attire of some of the top golfers in the world, and for keen ramblers and hikers, they provide a freedom of movement that allows for greater range of motion when stepping out.
How to Wear Plus Twos?
These short breeks are not only incredibly fashionable but if you’ve never tried a pair - you have no idea the level of comfort that you’re missing out on.
Ideal for all types of weather as they can be dressed to fit either the warmest of climates or the coldest, with the latter, of course, being far more common here in chilly England - but it’s best to know that you’re prepared should there be an unseasonably warm period!
Plus twos aren’t something to shy away from, they’re part of the history of our tiny yet mighty nation, and should be worn with pride and patriotism, and never mind just wearing them while walking or golfing - you can wear these bad boys down your local high street and put all of the other men around to shame.
Want to look your very best in your plus 2’s? Maybe you’re attending a hunting weekend with your in-laws and want to make a good impression - well, let me tell you this outfit will undoubtedly do the trick.
A tweed three-piece suit with a solid colour pair of woollen socks, paired with a subtle necktie and a bright pocket square will have you winning over the inlaws in no time!
Who says that plus 2s can’t be everyday attire? Wear plain colour corduroy plus twos with some plain socks and a plain tee for a relaxed and casual take on this classic look.
For the ultimate look to get the ladies attention, pick out a matching pair of chequered plus two’s and suit jacket, pair with subtly patterned long socks (I recommend a dog print), leather shoes, and a bow tie with matching dog print!
Pair black plus twos with a leather biker jacket, tartan scarf, and well-styled hair for the ultimate in Instagram ready look.
Where to Buy Plus Twos?
Well, wouldn’t you know it! Right here at Equestrian Co, we happen to stock a broad range of plus twos, all have been lovingly crafted for the quintessential country gent, and the fashionable city fellow.
Whether you’re looking for an everyday piece of attire for your countryside sporting pursuits, a pair to last for years to come on your boys weekend hunting trips, or perhaps a pair to woo the ladies with, we have something for you.
All of our products are made from the finest quality materials, and there isn’t a single detail that hasn’t been carefully thought through. From the stitching and the zips to the inner cotton lining and the sizeable pockets!
Difference Between Plus Twos and Plus Fours
Two inches. That’s it! Plus twos are essentially breeks which have been cut to lie two inches below the knee, plus fours, as you may be able to guess - lie four inches below.
Plus twos are more commonly used for upright activities that require less flexibility - such as golf. Whereas those preferring hunting, fishing, and shooting tend to favour the additional movement that comes along with the additional two-inch length of the plus fours!
Both plus 2s and plus 4s are classified as knickerbockers; many sports still use styles of knickerbocker as their uniform, these include baseball and American football.
What Are Breeks?
Breeks is a term used in Scotland, and in some areas of Northern England to describe breeches or trousers. Some breeks provide a narrower fit to the leg than the plus fours or twos, and while many favour the aesthetic, they don’t necessarily offer the same level of flexibility.
Ultimately, the decision as to which you prefer the look of, and how much flexibility you require is a personal decision for each person, and for those used to wearing skinny jeans, you may find the closer fitter breek to be incredibly flexible!
Correct Way to Wear Breeks
There isn’t really a wrong way to wear breeks, so long as you have the right attitude, you could feasibly pair breeks with absolutely anything and pull off the look.
I’ve seen these worn with everything from leather jackets to ponchos, and they look great.
The incredibly popular Netflix original TV show - Peaky Blinders, has been instrumental in really bringing this look back into fashion, and I can safely say that any chap who channels his inner Tommy Shelby -- the character played by Cillian Murphy in the show -- will be quite a hit with the ladies.
Heck, even if you’re happily coupled up, or married, why not surprise your lady with this swoon-worthy look for a date night picnic!
This piece of attire is a working look, and therefore even when dressed smartly, it should be functional. Commonly, these will be worn together with a sporting waistcoat, a plain tie, and a flat cap.
Throw on with a farmers shirt (subtle check) and a brightly coloured jumper, pair with your day to day outdoor boots.
Wear with your best Harry Potter-esque knee-length socks, a mismatched colour corduroy jacket, and a Brixton hat with jazzy hat band.
Seen on the catwalks quite often, breeks are definitely in fashion. Wear with chunky hiking boots or doc martens, an oversized chunky knit jumper, and a beanie!
Where to Buy Breeks?
There are only a few companies that can “do” breeks well, and we just so happen to have partnered with them to offer you the greatest range of breeks this side of the Thames!
So, whether you’re a smart fellow who likes British formality, a casual chap who just loves the great outdoors, the ultimate bearded hipster, or a fashion guru - we’ve got the ideal pair of breeks for you.
And heck, if you don’t fit any of these categories and just want to impress the ladies, we’ve got you covered too!
If you haven't tried breeks on before and aren’t quite sure if they’ll suit you, allow me to put your mind at ease... I can ensure you that any gent looks better in breeks than jeans!
And if you get them home and are still unsure, we’re happy to provide all of our customers with a quick and easy returns process.
Are Breeks Waterproof?
Not all breeks are waterproof, and this does depend on the fabric used in the construction of the garment, you can find waterproof, water resistant, or fully breathable breeks.
Oftentimes, it’s advisable to go for a water-resistant fabric to allow for some breathability; this is especially important if you plan on partaking in sports or active pursuits while wearing your breeks.
Our Range of Shooting Tweed Breeks & Moleskin Trousers
Our range of tweed breeks are made out of an incredibly sturdy woven cotton which is famed for its water-resistant properties and this not only means that you can wear them on drizzly days, but you can also wear them on warmer days without any discomfort.
Using the latest fabrics but maintaining a traditional country look is important to us. Taking advantage of Teflon coating is only going to improve the wearing qualities of your plus twos or plus fours, a cotton lining to prevent chafing and give greater warmth and waxed cottons will repel even the heaviest downpour.
We are proud of the tweed we stock, the wool is the highest quality with careful blends improving its versatility,our olive moleskin is highest quality cotton, the waxed cotton is waterproof and flexible, and don’t forget, it’s an easy matter to buy a tin of wax and spend a night by the fire maintaining that wonderful sheen. Functional yet stylish clothing, rooted in the traditions of classic shooting wear, we are proud to have a range that combines high-quality materials with sophisticated design.
Outdoor sports, hunting, shooting, fishing and walking are enjoyed by men of all ages from all backgrounds.
These are pastimes enjoyed by men no matter their standard or prowess; it is the taking part, the feeling of camaraderie, the joining together in a common aim that may bring the greatest sense of pride, although the odd lucky day does help one’s reputation.
We know that wearing the best country clothing is not going to suddenly make you a great shot or the man who lands the biggest fish, but they won’t ‘not’ do that, so get out there and enjoy!
All of our clothing is designed with various working conditions in mind, if you need to be warm while standing still or cool while moving or anything in between, you’ll find we have a very good option for you. Weather resistance, flexibility, comfort and breathability come top of the list for most gentlemen engaged in outdoor sports.
From thick shooting breeks that can stand a wide range of weather conditions to fully water and windproof over trousers, our wide selection can accommodate most country gentlemen’s requirements.
With each style constructed from sophisticated, sport appropriate fabrics that won’t easily succumb to wear and tear, no matter what you throw at them, even under the roughest and toughest of conditions, these styles remain functional, good looking and flexible enough for all of your endeavours.
Whether you’re out in the spring, summer, autumn or winter, our stock has been carefully selected to cater for all season use.