Jodhpurs take their name from an Indian city from which they originated in the late 19th century. They are best described as tight fitting pants worn by horse riders of the English style. Whilst they are now best known to be tight-fitting they were in fact once looser. The style is derived from an Indian style of trouser called the Churidar which was adapted for the purposes of horse riding.
The Jodhpur was introduced to England by Sir Pratap Singh when he visited Queen Victoria in 1897. Singh brought his polo team with him along for the visit, and the pants that they wore caused a stir in the across the country, with their popularity sweeping across various riding and aristocratic circles. The polo playing circles of the UK swiftly adopted Singh's jodhpur style. Because Jodhpurs have changed over the years, it can be argued that the style we saw originally in the UK were not true "jodhpurs" and could have been more accurately described as "flared-hip breeches" due to their length.
Jodhpurs with multiple uses
Before long, the UK Jodhpur was in mass production in the country and offered a more affordable and convenient alternative to tall riding boots. Jodhpurs are usually beige or white, and there have been numerous variations on the jodhpur style over the years. English Jodhpurs can be identified by the fact they are ankle length, which helps differentiate them from breeches, which finish below the calf. Jodhpurs have been worn away from horse-riding and have been known to be used as a casual fashion statement too.
The History of Jodhpurs