A Look at Two Different Types of Pants
Pants, jeans, or slacks are an important piece of clothing which may have originally originated from Central Asia, used to cover the lower legs by stretching them over the hips, and then left to hang down with buttons or a zipper. When the wearer of these pants was young, these were referred to as khakis, and later became known as pants in America. But while the use of these pants was widespread in Asia, they were not embraced into American culture until the early 20th century.
Today, we generally think of pants as a pair of blue jeans that extend down the legs to just above the ankle, forming a V-shaped silhouette. However, pants have become an attractive and fashionable outer garment in recent years. Slacks are generally long, and stretchable, with some varieties having a low, curved leg opening, sometimes called a “leg pant,” and others having a short, straight leg opening. Some pants have built in elastic, and are made of a variety of materials including cotton, lycra, and vinyl.
A number of factors have contributed to the recent surge in popularity of pants as an outer garment. The biggest contributing factor has been the rise in popularity of jeans as an all-time favorite, which have taken over the denim jacket as the primary style for men. Another contributing factor has been the increasing trend toward dress pants, which are similar to jeans but have the look of slacks except for their shorter length. Finally, as mentioned before, there is a resurgence of the classic pair of jeans as pants, which usually extend to the ankle.