High-end customized phats tend to include UV reflective tape decoration to add a glowing effect. From this it might be inferred that breeches and breeks relate to the Latin references to the braccae that were worn by the ancient Celts, but the Oxford English Dictionary also online gives the etymology as "Common Germanic", compare modern Dutch broek, meaning trouser.
Sailors also pioneered the wearing of jeans - trousers made of denim. Starting around the midth century, Wigan pit-brow girls scandalised Victorian society by wearing trousers for their work at the local coal mines. They wore skirts over their trousers and rolled them up to their waists to keep them out of the way.
Although pit-brow lasses worked above ground at the pit-head, their task of sorting and shovelling coal involved hard manual labour, so wearing the usual long skirts of the time would have greatly hindered their movements. The Korean word for trousers, baji originally pajibaji first appears in recorded history around the turn of the 15th century, but pants may have been in use by Korean society for some time.
From at least this time pants were worn by both sexes in Korea. Men wore trousers either as outer garments or beneath skirts, while it was unusual for adult women to wear their pants termed sokgot without a covering skirt. As in Europe, a wide variety of styles came to define regions, time periods and age and gender groups, from the unlined gouei to the padded sombaji. In Western society, it was Eastern culture that inspired French designer Paul Poiret — to be one of the first to design pants for women.
In , Poiret created loose-fitting, wide-leg trousers for women called harem pants, which were based on the costumes of the popular opera Sheherazade.
In the early 20th century women air pilots and other working women often wore trousers. Frequent photographs from the s of actresses Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn in trousers helped make trousers acceptable for women. During World War II , women working in factories and doing other forms of "men's work" on war service wore trousers when the work demanded it. In the post-war era, trousers became acceptable casual wear for gardening, the beach, and other leisurely pursuits.
Further, in Britain during World War II, because of the rationing of clothing, many women took to wearing their husbands' civilian clothes, including their trousers, to work while their husbands were away from home serving in the armed forces. This was partly because they were seen as practical workwear and partly to allow women to keep their clothing allowance for other uses. As this practice of wearing trousers became more widespread and as the men's clothing wore out, replacements were needed.
By the summer of , it was reported that sales of women's trousers were five times more than they had been in the previous year. In , Luisa Capetillo challenged mainstream society by becoming the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear trousers in public. Capetillo was sent to jail for what was then considered to be a crime, but, the judge later dropped the charges against her.
In the s, André Courrèges introduced long trousers for women as a fashion item, leading to the era of the pantsuit and designer jeans and the gradual erosion of social prohibitions against girls and women wearing trousers in schools, the workplace and in fine restaurants. Pat Nixon was the first American First Lady to wear trousers in public. In , California state senator Rebecca Morgan became the first woman to wear trousers in a US state senate. Hillary Clinton was the first woman to wear trousers in an official American First Lady portrait.
In Rome in , a year-old driving instructor was accused of rape. When he picked up an year-old girl for her first driving lesson, he allegedly raped her for an hour, then told her that if she was to tell anyone he would kill her. Later that night she told her parents and her parents agreed to help her press charges. While the alleged rapist was convicted and sentenced, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction in because the victim wore tight jeans.
It was argued that she must have necessarily have had to help her attacker remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual "because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them An Alibi for Rape. As of at least 20 U. Wearing jeans on this day has become an international symbol of protest. As of the Italian Supreme Court has overturned their findings, and there is no longer a "denim" defense to the charge of rape.
Women were not allowed to wear trousers on the US Senate floor until In Malawi women were not legally allowed to wear trousers under President Kamuzu Banda 's rule until Since the International Skating Union has allowed women to wear trousers instead of skirts in competition. In the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began to allow women to wear trousers and boots with all their formal uniforms. In and , some Mormon women participated in "Wear Pants to Church Day", in which they wore trousers to church instead of the customary dresses to encourage gender equality within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In , Turkey's parliament ended a ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers in its assembly. Also in , an old bylaw requiring women in Paris, France to ask permission from city authorities before "dressing as men", including wearing trousers with exceptions for those "holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse" was declared officially revoked by France's Women's Rights Minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem.
In , an Indian family court in Mumbai ruled that a husband objecting to his wife wearing a kurta and jeans and forcing her to wear a sari amounts to cruelty inflicted by the husband and can be a ground to seek divorce. In , The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that its female employees could wear "professional pantsuits and dress slacks" while at work; dresses and skirts had previously been required.
Pleats just below the waistband on the front typify many styles of formal and casual trousers, including suit trousers and khakis. There may be one, two, three, or no pleats, which may face either direction. When the pleats open towards the pockets they are called reverse pleats typical of most trousers today and when they open toward the fly they are known as forward pleats.
Trouser-makers can finish the legs by hemming the bottom to prevent fraying. A fly is a covering over an opening join concealing the mechanism, such as a zipper , velcro or buttons, used to join the opening. In trousers, this is most commonly an opening covering the groin , which makes the pants easier to put on or take off.
The opening also allows men to urinate without lowering their trousers. Trousers have varied historically in whether or not they have a fly. Originally, hose did not cover the area between the legs. This was instead covered by a doublet or by a codpiece. When breeches were worn, during the Regency period for example, they were fall-fronted or broad fall. Later, after trousers pantaloons were invented, the fly-front split fall emerged. Most flies now use a zipper, though button-fly pants continue to be available.
At present, most trousers are held up through the assistance of a belt which is passed through the belt loops on the waistband of the trousers. However, this was traditionally a style acceptable only for casual trousers and work trousers; suit trousers and formal trousers were suspended by the use of braces suspenders in American English attached to buttons located on the interior or exterior of the waistband.
Today, this remains the preferred method of trouser support amongst adherents of classical British tailoring. Many men claim this method is more effective and more comfortable because it requires no cinching of the waist or periodic adjustment.
In modern Western society, males customarily wear trousers and not skirts or dresses. There are exceptions, however, such as the ceremonial Scottish kilt and Greek fustanella , as well as robes or robe-like clothing such as the cassocks of clergy and the academic robes, both rarely worn today in daily use. See also Men's skirts. Based on Deuteronomy in the Bible "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man" , some groups, including the Amish, Hutterites, some Mennonites, some Baptists, a few Church of Christ groups, and most Orthodox Jews, believe that women should not wear trousers, but only skirts and dresses.
These groups do permit women to wear underpants as long as they are hidden. By contrast, many Muslim sects approve of pants as they are considered more modest than any skirt that is shorter than ankle length. They are usually cut on the bias, making them naturally stretchy. Stretch is important when pants are closefitting.
They are also longer than the leg and sometimes finish with a tightly fitting buttoned cuff at the ankle. The excess length falls into folds and appears like a set of bangles resting on the ankle hence 'churidar'; 'churi': When the wearer is sitting, the extra material is the "ease" that makes it possible to bend the legs and sit comfortably.
The word churidar is from Hindi and made its way into English only in the 20th century. Earlier, tight fitting churidar-like pants worn in India were referred to by the British as Moghul breeches, long-drawers, or mosquito drawers.
The churidar is usually worn with a kameez tunic by women or a kurta a loose overshirt by men, or they can form part of a bodice and skirt ensemble. Compression Shorts - Compression garment compression garments covering the legs.
Cropped Pants - a type of pant that typically ends just above the ankle. Culottes - Coulottes are loose fitting shorts that look more like a skirt when worn. They are similar to a skort garment that is mix between short and skirt but not exactly. A skort has a skirt panel and shorts underneath. They were originally a pant worn by men knee-breeches. Cycling shorts — yes, these pants are worn for cycling riding a bicycle.
Cycling shorts also known as bike shorts, bicycling shorts, chamois, knicks, or spats are short, skin-tight legwear designed to improve comfort and efficiency while cycling. The goal of the tight fit is to reduce wind resistance. They also compress the legs, which can possibly help combat muscular fatigue. Daisy Dukes - are extremely short, form-fitting, denim cut-off shorts.
Disco pants - pants worn for disco dancing. Dolphin shorts - Dolphin shorts or Dolfins are a specific style of shorts for athletics. They are typically very short and were originally made from nylon with contrasting binding, side slits, and rounded corners, a style which was popular in the s. The name is a corruption of Dolfin, the American company that first produced the original running shorts in the s. One high-profile wearer of 'dolphin shorts' is the fitness guru Richard Simmons, who in , boasted of owning pairs of vintage Dolfins.
In , it was reported that orange Dolfin shorts are specified as part of the uniform for waitresses at Hooters. Gaiters - Gaiters are garments worn over the shoe and lower pants leg, and used primarily as personal protective equipment; similar garments used primarily for display are spats. Originally, gaiters were made of leather. Today, gaiters for walking are commonly made of plasticized synthetic cloth such as polyester.
Gaiters for use on horseback continue to be made of leather. In Army parlance, a gaiter covers leg and bootlacing; a legging covers only the leg. In RAF parlance, gaiter includes legging. Above the knee spatterdashes were cotton or canvas, as were many gaiters of varying lengths thereafter. Leather gaiters were rare in military, though sometimes a calf-length cotton gaiter had leather kneecaps added.
Leggings, however, were very often made of leather, but also canvas. Hammer pants Yes, this is regarding M. Harem pants - Harem pants or harem trousers are baggy, long pants caught in at the ankle. Early on, the style was also called a harem skirt.
The term 'harem pants' subsequently became popular in the West as a generic term for baggy trousers caught in at the ankle that suggest the Turkish style, or similar styles such as bloomers, the South Asian shalwar and patiala salwar; the Bosnian dimije; sirwal as worn by Zouaves ; and the Ukrainian sharovary. Harem pants came back into fashion in the s, when they were remembered for being 'costumey. Hammer became known as Hammer pants. High-rise - A high-rise or high-waisted garment is one designed to sit high on, or above, the wearer's hips, usually at least 8 centimetres 3 inches higher than the navel.
In western cultures, high-rise jeans were especially common in the s, in competition with low-rise pants. Hip-huggers - are a style of pants worn by both men and women, generally made of denim and fitted tightly around the hips and thighs yes, they hug the hips , while flaring out towards the lower leg.
It has been said that hip-huggers were first designed by Irene Kasmer in in Los Angeles, California. They were worn by the mods in the mid s and into the early s. The late s saw the return of hip-huggers in the disco scene. They went out of style again in the early s, but made a reappearance in the s. The hip-huggers of the s were distinguished by the tightness of the knee, as well as the lower rise of the jeans, typically well below the belly button.
Hip-huggers can be worn in a variety of different styles, sometimes "riding" low to expose the buttocks to varying degrees. There are also variations of hip-huggers created with a material designed to stretch and tighter fitting stretch materials that vary in color. Hockey pants - are knee-to-waist protective gear for ice hockey or roller hockey players.
The pants carry a variety of padding depending on whether they are worn by goaltenders or skaters forwards and defenders , and also on the manufacturer. The pants are traditionally a one-piece garment with a lace-up fly augmented by a strap belt.
Sometimes, they are additionally held up by suspenders particularly in the case of goalie pants. Hockey pants are also called "breezers" in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin locations where Hockey is very important. Jams - The Jams look was baggy and bohemian, with wild prints and clashing pinks and greens. It was a clear departure from the more subtle color combinations and detailing of existing boardshorts. Jams is a line of clothing produced by Jams World.
After reading a Life magazine article showing Russians looking comfortable attending the beach in bathrobes, Rochlen bought some brightly colored floral fabric and asked his wife Keanuenue to make a short, baggy pair of pajamas with a sewn-up fly and cut-off at the knee.
They produced the first pair of Jams on December 25, Jeans — we certainly hope that you know what jeans are. Jean Shorts - short pant version of denim jeans. Women's jinbei have started to become popular in recent years. Jinbei are usually worn as a form of nightwear or house wear. Jodhpurs - Jodhpurs, in their modern form, are tight-fitting trousers that reach to the ankle, where they end in a snug cuff, and are worn primarily for horse riding. The term is also used as slang for a type of short riding boot, also called a paddock boot or a jodhpur boot, because they are worn with jodhpurs.
Originally, jodhpurs were snug-fitting only from just below the knee, to the ankle and were flared at the hip; modern stretch fabrics have allowed jodhpurs to remove the flare and yet remain supportive and flexible. Jodhpurs originally were long pants, reaching to the ankle, snug from the calf to the ankle, with reinforced fabric protecting the inner calf and knee from rubbing.
The thighs and hips were flared, a traditional oriental style possibly to help with cooling the body in a hot climate. Knickerbockers - Knickerbockers are a form of men's or boys' baggy-kneed trousers particularly popular in the early 20th century United States. Golfers' plus twos and plus fours were breeches of this type.
Before World War II, skiers often wore knickerbockers too, usually ankle-length. Leather shorts — you guessed it.
These are shorts made of leather. Lederhosen - Lederhosen German for leather breeches; singular in German usage: Lederhose are breeches made of leather; they may be either short or knee-length.
The longer ones are generally called Bundhosen or Kniebundhosen. Low-rise pants - Low-rise pants are pants that sit low on, or below, the hips, usually at least 8 centimetres 3 inches lower than the navel. They are also called "lowcut jeans", "hipster jeans", and "lowriders". Low-rise pants have been available since the s, in styles for both men and women, with popularity increasing in the s. The pants were featured in The Official Preppy Handbook.
Nantucket Reds were originally inspired by cotton trousers worn in Brittany. A characteristic of Reds is that they fade to a "dusty rose" as they age. Since their inception, the cotton canvas pants have been marketed as shorts. The distinctive salmon pink color has since been used on hats, shirts, sweaters and socks. Reds are worn predominantly by summer residents of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Cape Cod in place of khakis or chinos.
Open-crotch pants — sorry, I am not discussing this. Figure it out yourself. Overall - An overall, over all, overalls, bib-and-brace overalls, dungarees or party bibs are a type of garment which is usually used as protective clothing when working.
Some people call an overall a "pair of overalls" by analogy with "pair of trousers". Palazzo trousers are popular as a summer season style, as they are loose and tend to be flattering in light, flowing fabrics that are breathable in hot weather. Palazzo trousers are less frequently seen during the winter months, but they may be found in wool or heavy synthetic fabrics as well.
Pantaloons - women's baggy trousers gathered at the ankles. Pantalón is Spanish language for pants or trousers. Parachute pants - Parachute pants are a style of trousers characterized by the use of nylon, especially ripstop nylon. They are typically worn as menswear.
Parachute pants became a fad in US culture in the s as part of the increased popularity of breakdancing. Pedal pushers — similar to capris. Pedal pushers are calf-length trousers that were popular during the s and the early s.
Often cuffed and worn tight to the skin, they are related in style to Capri pants, and are sometimes referred to as "clam diggers". The name "pedal pushers" originated from the style originally worn by cyclists, but the style quickly became identified with teenage girls.
Pencil suit pants - The pencil pants are held up by a drawstring at the waist. Usually it is made of stretchable material to aid the easy movement and not to cause any discomfort to the lady while sitting down. The pants completely narrow down towards the ankle and are held by a buttoned cuff at the ends. Monstre Sacré," 8 June Her striped shirt recalled the styles sold at Jermyn Street shirtmakers, while the fluid trousers were an elegant and girlish foil.
First Known Use of trouser Noun , in the meaning defined above Adjective circa , in the meaning defined at sense 1. History and Etymology for trouser Noun alteration of earlier trouse , from Scottish Gaelic triubhas. Learn More about trouser. Resources for trouser Time Traveler! Explore the year a word first appeared. From the Editors at Merriam-Webster. Dictionary Entries near trouser troupial trous-de-loup trouse trouser trousered trousering trouser suit.
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Trouser definition is - pants —usually used in plural. How to use trouser in a sentence. pants —usually used in plural See the full definition. SINCE 9 Animal Names That Are Also Verbs. Learn More from M-W. The Good, The Bad, & The Semantically Imprecise - 10/5. Learn More from M-W. Which Came First? Quiz. British a piece of clothing consisting of trousers and a square piece of cloth that fits over your chest, held up by narrow pieces of cloth over your shoulders. The American word is overalls. Old, odd, vintage things people said - and should say now!