How to wear: vintage jodhpurs

sue masonBringing everyone back to this autumn rather than next, have you got your head around culottes yet? I have and I’m not going there. I’m not doing it even though I saw Vogue’s fashion editor Lucinda Chambers wearing a gorgeous pair of crushed strawberry coloured, vintage cord ones this Sunday as she was sneaking a quick fag outside the Hammersmith Vintage Fair. She looked great in them, but she looks good in anything.

No, I’m going to stick with my slouchy trouser shape of choice, the jodhpur/ breeches/ mens workwear shape which Su Mason, above, wears almost continually and always looks so comfortable and cool in. I saw Su at the vintage fair this weekend wearing hers with such style, teamed with a man’s silk shirt, a pair of red Converse and a blue silk scarf tied softly at her neckline – She could have qualified for our Flattering Necklines post – personifying easy casual glamour.

su mason necklineWe’ve mentioned Su before, she deals in vintage workwear clothes and many designers head to her warehouse (just moved to London Fields) for inspiration and styles to ‘inspire’ new collections with. I love her androgynous-but-still-feminine style, and in one of those moments  when I want to start again with my wardrobe, I often think about offering to buy Su’s.

su mason shoesIt just so happened Su had a pair of vintage workwear jodhpurs for sale, and at £55 I couldn’t resist. They are SO soft, the fabric is amazing quality and distressed to just the right level of fabulousness.

jodsThey have an indigo cotton trim in the waistband so they will tie up nicely with my chambray shirts and indigo t shirt buys, and look at all those buttons, hooks and pocket stitch details! It’s enough to make a seamstress go wild with habidashery-desire.

jods-detailI’m going to wear them with the ankle cuffs turned up, to make ’em even more low-key and casual. If you fancy a vintage pair too, although I appreciate I might be on my own here….then contact Su via her Su Mason Vintage tumblr or on Twitter @sumasonvintage

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  • jane says:

    I love this whole Vita Sackville-West look but I really don’t like Converse I think I’d stick with a brogue or boot. Good score on your jodhpurs such beautiful style detail and fabric.

  • mary says:

    They are GORGEOUS! I wonder if she would post to Australia!

  • amanda says:

    Jane, agree a broguw would look beautiful and a little more polished although I love any excuse to wear Converse and Mary, suggest you contact Su and ask, she’s the nicest person…..Ax

  • Trisha says:

    I went to buy some sensible shoes and ended up with my first pair of Converse. I’m 63 and I love them.

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