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Trousers in History


  • In Asia both women and men have always worn pants for warmth, comfort, and convenience. In Rome and Greece women and men wore tunics.

  • In the fourth century, women in the Western world wore pants, which they adapted from the Persians. At that time, pants were considered unmanly.

  • By the Middle Ages in Europe women were wearing dresses and men were wearing breeches.

  • After the French Revolution, men took off their high heels, silk stockings, and wigs and began wearing trousers.

  • In the nineteenth century women put on trousers to ride horses, but they hid them by wearing full skirts on top.

  • All trousers were pull-ons until the nineteenth century, when front closures using buttons were introduced.

  • Jeans were the first trousers to put women and men on equal terms.

  • Until 1970 it was not fashionable and sometimes against the law to wear pants in offices, classrooms, and restaurants in the U.S.


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Disclaimer: haven't double-checked this any. Just posting it for fun/general interest. Corrections/clarifications welcome.

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buhfly
May. 28th, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
My mom couldn't wear pants to high school. I cannot imagine it.
elven_wolf
May. 28th, 2004 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's so... random.
I love how they were considered 'unmanly' in the 4th century.
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