Sporteen Skirt with a Surprise

At first glance this skirt simply looked like a nice early 1950s straight skirt in a lovely  color and with an interesting button placement.  But then I noticed the belt.  It was a golf tee holder.

By that time the seller was starting to unbutton the skirt, which is not a skirt at all.

It is actually a culotte or divided skirt, but  it is cleverly disguised by the stitched pleats.  The back is also stitched, and it just looks like an inverted pleat.

This was not a new idea in the 1950s.  Before it was acceptable for women to wear trousers, there were all kinds of ingenious ways to make a skirt have two legs.  I have an example from the 1910s in my collection, and it is quite similar to this 1950s culotte skirt.

I really don’t know a thing about Sporteens, except that the listings that I’ve found of items for sale with the label are overwhelmingly skirts.   I also found a 1944 ad for a jacket and matching skirt.

And here is a very similar one, but without the buttons, from California sportswear designer De De Johnson, 1952

 

 

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Filed under Summer Sports, Vintage Clothing

16 responses to “Sporteen Skirt with a Surprise

  1. Oh my! I’m quite in love with these!! How practical and the belt is simply fabulous!

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  2. That is awesome! Love how they solved some of the “problems” of wearing a skirt and golfing, with such style.

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  3. So clever and cute.

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  4. OMG I loved this. Want, want, want!

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  5. Now that’s a culotte I might actually want to wear! It’s so cute!

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  6. What a fantastic design! And how interesting with the Skort being so big at the mo..so glad you can make the Blog Party!! xxxx

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  7. Teresa

    Oooh! This post is just fuelling my obsession for vintage culottes and skorts even more. ;) The belt with the tee holder is such a nice touch.

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  8. I have a very similar skirt by Paddle and Saddle! There are only four buttons in the front, but it’s still mistaken for a skirt whenever I wear it.

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  9. Pingback: Ad Campaign – Paddle and Saddle, 1958 | The Vintage Traveler

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