If I were to guess, it’s probably not very often that you or I get a cool little history lesson before buying clothes—but don’t let the term “history” bore you to sleep! As it turns out, much of what we wear comes from a page in history. These denim culottes, for example, are a fun and unique take on a Victorian-era (think: Pride and Prejudice) “split skirt” that was developed for horseback riding. Women were understandably tired of having to always sit side-saddle, so designers developed a garment that hung like a skirt but were actually pants so that they could look pretty while riding fully astride.
Of course, items like culottes have evolved with the times. Today, they look a lot more like regular jeans than anything else. I like them for casual walks downtown or for when I grab coffee from Black Top in the Arts District and want to do a little shopping at Alchemy Works or Matteo. Their casual look and feel are great for proportions too, and fun in how they show off the ankles. They’re also nice for informal styling with sandals or heels. Gotta say though, one of my favorite minor features to these particular culottes are the frayed edges! Fun, carefree, and perfect for a relaxed stroll around town.
Photos by Benjamin Ewing