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Culottes and Skorts
Modest Culottes for women. Modest Apparel USA offers a wide selection of culottes for ladies including gym culottes and skorts, culottes that look more like a split skirt, gaucho styles, long shorts. Modest day use of the word culottes describes a split or divided skirt. During the Victorian Era (mid- to late-nineteenth century) long split skirts were developed for horseback riding so that women could sit astride a man's saddle rather than riding side-saddle. The term "culottes" was co-opted from the original French definition of the word to describe these split riding skirts. Culottes or split skirts were developed as an alternative to pants to provide women more freedom to do activities such as gardening, cleaning, bike riding, etc. and still look like one is wearing a skirt. A Skort is used in the place of the term "culottes," the term skort which is a skirt with shorts underneath. While some garments sold as culottes resemble short trousers, to truly be a skort it needs to look like a skirt. A skort is shorts that have a front covering to resemble a skirt. Culottes are often used in girls school uniforms as an option to shorts to give freedom of movement for gym and other activities. Culottes are mainly worn as part a uniform mainly to primary, middle and Catholic schools. Culottes were also part of the uniform of Brownie Guides up until recently when the uniform was modernised and the traditional brown culottes were replaced