SOLD -- Very Rare 1890s Victorian Divided Riding Habit Skirt
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In the early part of the 19th century, physical activity was considered too dangerous for young women. Ladies were thought to be too fragile and delicate to partake in any sort non-domestic activities and were taught to take care of their health so they could birth healthy children.
Fortunately by the end of the century, a newfound understanding of the benefits of exercise arose and women began to adopt new healthy and active regimens.
As ladies began partaking in activities such as horseback riding, bicycling, hunting and other sports, it became necessary to adapt her wardrobe for this increased mobility.
That's where this fabulous skirt comes in! While it was not socially acceptable for a woman to wear pants in public, this frock discretely gives a lady the comfort and mobility of pants while preserving the look of a skirt.
Fashioned in a heavy wool, the pants are cut in a very full wide leg, almost like a culotte. A front panel buttons from the waist to just above the ankle on each leg to give the appearance of a skirt. Unbutton a side (or two!) and now the wearer can sit astride her horse or bicycle.
Skirt is unlined and fastens with a button and a hook-and-eye closure. The front portion of the waistband is boned for extra stability. Skirt also has a side patch pocket with button closure. It is impeccably made with reinforced seams.
This is truly a wonderful and wearable piece.
Condition: Very Good
There is one tiny moth nibble on the back of the waistband. There also is some slight pilling in between the pant legs near the seat, as is expected when someone rides horseback. Neither minor flaws detract. Priced accordingly.
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