i heart vintage jodhpurs

Margaret Sullavan, source



vtg jodphurs
Barbara Stanwyck, source




And what vintage jodhpurs post would be complete without some John Willie Bizarre taken by Dita Von Teese, no less:
Jodhpurs. on Twitpic

Do you want to get the look?  I just listed these rad vintage jodhpurs up in my etsy shop.

40s jodhpurs - vintage riding pants

Here are some modern babes sporting vintage jodhpurs:

siouxie soux jodphurs
Siouxsie Sioux, source


Beckerman Bite Plate, source

Byrdie Bell via StyleLikeU

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Jean from Idosyncratic Fashionistas

Had to share some jodhpurs love, y’all.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Moral of the story: If you wear jodhpurs you are a badass.  A total badass.


  1. Aurora Lady

    Oh noooo! I have to cop Souxie’s tough as hell yoked jodhpurs. I’m gonna get sewing on those suckers and make dreams come true.

  2. wardrobe experience

    those jodpurs are great. i suppose those aren’t made for me – but i love to see them on others.


  3. Jessica Cangiano

    I completely <3 them, too. I've always found myself drawn to equestrian (and preppy, which, let's face it, equestrian often goes hand-in-hand with) style, even though I'm by no means an accomplished horsewoman. I'd love to find some vintage jodhpurs one day – and perhaps even some mid-century boots to match. Swoon!

    ♥ Jessica

  4. Rosalind

    SO stylish. I especially enjoyed the images of Barbara Stanwyck and Siouxsie Sioux. I am intrigued though as to the practical purpose (is there one?) of the loose shaping at the thighs.

  5. Mary Van Note

    Good question, Rosalind. Wikipedia to the rescue! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodhpurs :

    The thighs and hips were flared, a traditional oriental style possibly to help with bodily cooling in a hot climate, but which, in an era before the invention of stretch fabrics, also allowed free movement of the hip and thigh while riding.

    They originate from an ancient style of Indian trouser called the Churidar, which is tight around the calf and baggy at the hips, still worn at traditional Jodhpury weddings. This is a special traditional style of clothing in Northern India, especially in what is today the modern state of Rajasthan, which has its capital at the city of Jaipur. Sir Pratap Singh, a younger son of the Maharaja of Jodhpur, popularised in England the style of riding-trousers worn in Jodhpur, a design that he apparently improved and perfected by himself and first tailored in India about 1890.

    Singh was an avid polo player, and when he visited Queen Victoria in England during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 1897, bringing with him his entire polo team, they caused a sensation among the fashionable circles of the United Kingdom, with their reputation enhanced by the fact that they won many polo matches. His jodhpur style with flared thigh and hip was rapidly taken up by the British polo playing community, who adapted it to existing designs of English breeches that ended at mid-calf, worn with tall riding boots.

  6. John Hardman

    I started riding.back when the old-style flared-thigh breeches and jodhpurs were still around and when they could be bought second-hand or even made to measure at an affordable price.As a male rider,I preferred (and still prefer) the flared variety because they are more comfortable to ride and to walk in than the now-standard ‘stretch’ variety which I found to be just too much like ladies’ ‘tights’ to be seen in (I felt like a ballet-dancer/homo).Wearing jeans was like being sandpapered,so I stuck with the flared breeches:they look eccentric and anachronistic today but they’re o.k. to ride in and I would never walk around in riding-kit,anyway.Forgetting fashion,I think men look better in ‘flares’ because the loose material gives them a fuller-thighed look that makes up for their lack of muscle in that area ( they often look weedy in stretch breeches which,being close-fitting,highlight their ‘tackle’ [or lack of it]).I think the appearance of modern breeches helped to put men and boys off riding,while the association of flared breeches with German/Nazi uniform may have hastened their disappearance from the post-war riding scene.

  7. grace

    Those jodhpurs are really awesome..They look so stylish and trendy..I am sure anyone who is in search of buying jodhpurs would really enjoy and love it!

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