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A Salute to Women’s Pants

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I am so grateful that I am able to wear pants.  There, I’ve said it and I meant it.  I find myself most comfortable in pants, and while I will slip on a dress every once in a while, I still prefer pants.  Different lengths, widths, patterns, and fabric all add to the variety that these garments can bring to your wardrobe.  So it is only fitting to take a little journey back to see, not only the start, but the evolution women’s pants have undergone since the early 1900’s.

1910’s

Mostly meant for outdoor work, these adorable overalls look comfy yet very feminine.

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1920’s

The 1920’s saw women’s pants widen to create a faux skirt look.  Roomy, comfy, and very “sailor-esque”, these pants will see a rebirth in the 70’s.

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1930’s

Still very wide, women’s pants continued to be worn in casual environments and were created in more light, flowy fabrics.

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1940’s

More tailored, tapered, and refined, pants during the 1940’s continued to grow in popularity and were worn by both Hollywood and the average woman alike.

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1950’s

Drastically reducing in size, the pants in the 1950’s became the originally “skinny” pant with names such as pedal pusher, or cigarette.  Worn well into the 1960’s and popularized by Audrey Hepburn, these very slim pants were most often worn with ballet flats.

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I love the fact that these exact trends repeat in the following decades, and of course, will continue to do so!  So whether you call them pants or trousers, dress ’em up and wear ’em out!

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1 Comment

  1. Terry says

    I believe that capri pants were the slim shorter pants, not pedal pushers. Pedal pushers were regular pants cut shorter originally to make bike riding safer. When I was a kid in the 50’s, pedal pushers were just our shorter pants that we wore in the summer. We wore long pants in the Winter and pedal pushers and shorts in the summer (when we weren’t wearing dresses). It also seemed like a name for children’s pants as opposed to adult pants (but I could be wrong about that) and also, little boys did not wear pedal pushers, only girls.

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