Wednesday, November 9

Fashion 101: J

The inspiration for fashion never ceases to amaze me.  Designers have been driven by exotic cultures, current events, popular culture, etc.  Today's word has crossed over into fashion from sports.  I don't think it's the first and it won't certainly be the last (at least based on the amount of baseball caps I've been seeing in the blogosphere).


Definition: Tight-fitting trousers worn for horse riding.  Named after the city in India where they were originally made, they feature a tight fit on the lower legs but are flare above the knee and incorporate specialist riding adaptations, including seams on the outside of the leg, a wear patch inside the knee and a harder-wear seat panel.  The use of modern stretch fabrics saw jodhpurs adapted for fashion in the 1980s, and they were worn by New Romantic bands such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Adam and the Ants and Simple Minds.

Louis Vuitton FW 2011
Marc Jacobs used jodhpurs on the FW 2011 Louis Vuitton runway as a foil for the erotic look of sheer skirts, latex shirts, and rubber dominatrix footwear.

Credit: The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design, Ambrose & Harris


  1. I love this trend to be honest. For me, it's a more-sophisticated leggings. I remember that Zara used to make leggings from the material which is used to make jodhpurs. And of course, horse riding would be impossible to do for more than 5 minutes without them. And I love horse riding. ;) X

  2. A new word for me! In theory, I love the idea of riding-inspired looks; can't decided how I feel about these pants, though. Hmm..

  3. Jodhpurs are a guilty pleasure of mine. I have a thing for them, riding boots, high necked white shirts that can be kind of flouncy or maybe a warm knit to snuggle into.


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