The French Girl’s Best Workout Secret?

The athleisure trend may be running rampant thanks to Hollywood’s favorite starlets and a handful of high-profile collaborations, but if the idea of wearing emerald tracksuits and court-ready sneakers outside of the gym does not strike your fancy, perhaps the Paris-based label Ernest Leoty—originally a 19th-century corset designer, whose work is now housed at the […]

Victorian women wore “convertible skirts” so they could ride without abuse, academic discovery

A university scholar has discovered that Victorian women invented the “open-skirt” with the secretive pulley mechanism that allows them to ride freely. Although nineteenth-century bicycles are popular among women of the upper middle class, restrictive corset skirts sets and dresses mean that the bike can be dangerous. Long skirts and dresses are common on bicycle […]