Vintage style: cute capris

Audrey Hepburn liked a pair, so did Brigitte Bardot… and now the incessant rain has miraculously transformed into bright sunshine, I might even like some too if it’ll only stay away a bit longer!

From the Berg Dictionary of Fashion History, ‘capri pants’ are:

Period: 1950s onwards

Close-fitting trousers reaching to just above the ankle, not dissimilar to leggings, but usually of a sturdier fabric. An American style popularized by the film star Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993) in various films, such as Roman Holiday (1953) and Funny Face (1957).

Apparently they were invented by Emelio Pucci, who sold them in his shop which opened in 1949.

As usual, there are some wonderful modern designs that hark back to more glamourous times to be found online.  Somewhat surprisingly, I found that high street shops aren’t really offering any nice capris so far (high-waisted of course) – sort it out, British high street!

Trusty retro repro brands Collectif and Freddies of Pinewood have some lovelies to offer and ASOS has some more mordern designs…

Fabienne Trousers, Collectif, £37.50 (also in black)
Francine Denim Capris, Collectif, £40
Red Denim Capri Pants, Freddies of Pinewood, £45
Skinny Crop Trouser, ASOS, £22
Gingham Trousers, ASOS, £24 (in sale)

Imagining how pretty life might be in the Francine capris (and other items of Collectif clothing, I don’t think I can ever have enough)… teamed with my beloved Swedish Hasbeens, of course.

Collectif Francine Denim Capris


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