The Costume Museum displayed several items attributed to Eaton’s department store at Dalnavert House Museum during Doors Open. In previous posts I shared a turn of the century coat and an Edwardian skirt and jacket outfit. This is how they looked on display.
This post will be about a bicycle riding skirt.
The front of the skirt has two rows of buttons, one running down each side. The buttons on the right side of the picture (left side of the skirt) function as the closure for the skirt and as the means of holding the front panel shut when walking.
When wanting to ride a bike, the front panel was unbuttoned from the left side of the skirt and re buttoned onto the right side, thus “revealing” the split skirt.
There was not much “revealing” of the split because the legs were very baggy so that they hung much like a skirt. In fact the back of the skirt looks like a…well…a skirt!
You really have to pull the legs apart to see that they are actually “pant legs” and not a skirt.
The skirt was paired up with a little white shirt with delicate lace.
Some very cute boots and a hat were added to complete the look.