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




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!


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


  3. So clever and cute.


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


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


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


  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.


  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.


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

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