The Royal Jodhpurs
The Rajputs belonged to the warrior class in India and took great pride in their equestrian skills. Thus began the journey of Jodhpurs as an equestrian uniform meant for the royals, in the princely state of Mewar, now Rajasthan. Jodhpurs are the aboriginal uniforms of the game, Polo. The style, Jodhpurs, was popularized by Sir Pratap Singh, the son of Maharaja of Jodhpur on the racing field among the British folks. Thus, the Jodhpurs began its western journey.
Over the years, however, they have transitioned and found a sweet spot on the men’s fashion scene across the globe. They have been incarnated around the world in different styles. You can find exaggerated versions of these in Japan/ Hong Kong by the famous Michiko Koshino brand, and toned down versions across Europe. This is only because of their smartness and ability to blend well with different styles.
Balenciaga, the international fashion house, paid a tribute to this style and since then, their popularity among the fashion folks has reached sky high; they have been quick in calling it “cutting edge”. High street brands like Gap, Warehouse et al were quick to jump on the Jodhpur bandwagon and took it to the masses.
Though people in reality might still think, “There is no way I can pull them off” - it is not true! My personal opinion, however, is that they are an embodiment of style itself. You can wear them with practically everything. Shirts, plain T-shirts, open-collared tops, Nehru jackets, blazers. Stick to beige and olive colors for the authentic royal feel. Jodhpurs have the ability to stand out. Wear them with confidence to any black tie event in plain or printed fabrics. You must not stop yourself from embracing this classic, cult style unless equestrian style isn’t your thing.
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Article written by Smrithi Rao
I love taking photographs, chai, furry animals and fashion without fur. Work as a Computer Science Engineer so clearly with no frills. From being vintage-obsessed to finding the Future chic. I’m here to rescue you from making any fashion faux pas.