pants or skinny jeans (when made of denim)
have a snug fit through the legs and end in a small leg opening
that can be anywhere from 9" to 20" depending on size.
Other names for this style include drainpipes, stovepipes,
tight pants, cigarette pants, pencil pants, skinny
pants or skinnies. Skinny jeans taper completely at the
bottom of the leg, whereas drainpipe jeans are skinny but then the
lower leg is straight instead of tapering and so they are often
slightly baggier at the bottom of the leg than skinny jeans. In
some styles, zippers
are needed at the bottom of the leg to facilitate pulling them
over the feet. Stretch denim,
with anywhere from 2% to 4% spandex,
may be used to allow jeans to have a super-slim fit. Skinny jeans
come in a variety of colors and styles.
denim jean capri
Tight fitting breeches,
as worn during the 17th and 18th centuries as part of the three
and tight fitting pantaloons
Before the 18th century, European men
In Tudor times, these breeches were loose-fitting, but by the
1660s, tight breeches were fashionable. These were popularised by
Frenchmen at the court of Louis
XIII, as part of the three
piece suit that also included a type of frock
coat called a Justacorps,
hat, a powdered
wig, and a long waistcoat.
During the Restoration
era, the tighter breeches were introduced to England, and the
rest of Europe, because the cut was deemed more flattering to the
From the 16th until the 19th century, the Mughlai
nobility attired themselves in tight-fitting Churidars
which were worn tied below the knee. These trousers, and other
elements of traditional clothing like the Shalwar
Kameez, were often worn by Englishmen working in India,
especially officers of the East
India Trading Company.
early 19th century
trousers were fashionable from 1805 until 1850, being descended
from the loose work trousers worn as a political statement by Sans-Culottes
during the French
Revolution. These "pantaloons,"
popularised by Regency
era Englishmen like Beau
Brummel, were worn high on the waist and tailored to
accentuate the leg like the breeches
previously fashionable among the upper class.Pantaloons were tied (or buttoned) around the ankle and commonly
put into boots.
Pants, which had
come to mean tight-fitting trousers, but now just a synonym,
fitted more loosely from the 1840s onwards as mass-production
replaced tailoring. Beginning in the Edwardian
era and continuing into the 1920s, baggy
"Oxford" or "collegiate" trousers and plus
fours were fashionable among the younger generation. As the
name suggests, Oxford
bags originated at the UK's elite universities, where young
upper class men pursued an active, sports-centred lifestyle.
re-emerged in the 1950s, with popular stars such as the singing
Autry, actress Marilyn
Monroe, and Sandra
Dee wearing their pants very slim to the ankle. Tapered jeans
became most notable with country music stars and with the birth of
and roll in the 1950s, when Elvis
Presley donned slim-fitting jeans and shocked the country.
Drainpipe jeans and rock 'n' roll were inextricably linked to
create the "bad boy" image that remains today.
In the early 1960s,
they were worn by numerous rock bands and musicians, including The
Rolling Stones and Bob
Dylan. Fashion icon Audrey
Hepburn also raised the popularity of
drainpipe jeans. Slim fitting pants and jeans where essentially
worn not just by people who where associated with the Mods or
Rockers but also ordinary people. The trend lasted until the end
of the 1960s when Hippie Culture gave rise to flared pants and
bell bottom jeans.
Presley wearing drainpipe jeans. In the 1950s, the waist was
higher than on modern skinny jeans
In the early 1970s, glam
rock and rockabilly
bands reviving the Teddy
Boy look popularised drainpipe jeans in contrast to the flared
trousers worn by hippies.
drainpipe jeans (as they were then called) were popular in the punk
subculture of the late 1970s, worn by many bands and scene leaders
such as Ramones,
Clash and Sex
jeans were also very popular in the 1980s with most heavy
metal bands, and in particular those in the thrash
metal scene, such as Anthrax,
This was the trend for those who did not wear spandex,
which was popular with the dominant heavy
metal scene at the time. They were often worn with white high-top
sneakers or basketball shoes like Converse.
By the late 1980s, drainpipe pants were largely superseded by straight
leg jeans like Levi
501s, but remained popular among fans of hard
rock until the 1990s.
By the early 1990s, many
glam metal bands such as Poison,
ditched the spandex and wore the form fitted jeans. Tight fitting jeans
were also worn by pop stars like Michael
Jackson and Freddie
Mercury. However, with the rise of grunge
music in the early 1990s and the post
thrash movement, drainpipe jeans quickly went out of fashion in favor
of baggy carpenter
jeans, as worn by hip-hop/rap acts such as Kris
Bad Creation, Snoop
Dogg and other rap artists.
By 2004, skinny jeans began
to replace the baggy
gangster jeans of the 1990s and early 2000s (decade).
Among women, skinny jeans are most often worn tucked into boots or
scrunched up over the wearer's footwear,and are also often paired with ballerina
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men from 2007-2013.
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Slim-fitting pants remained
popular for much of the 2010s, although many men switched from denim jeans
to tight-fitting chino
trousers. In Europe, skinny jeans for boys and men have a loose waist to appear
"baggy" at the top but skinny on the legs.
Victorian doctors theorised
tight trousers caused an outbreak of apoplexy
in New York. However, the veracity of this statement is questionable,
given the largely speculative nature of early medicine.
In modern times, some
physicians believe tight trousers may cause numbness due to compression of
For example, this may affect the outer thigh in the condition meralgia
A recent study by Korean
doctors suggests that skinny jeans can cause Varicose
veins. Among men, tight trousers may also cause dyspermia
due to overheating of the testes
In the Middle East, some Islamist
groups disapprove of tight trousers, and other items of emo
fashion, because they are considered immodest, overtly sexual, or a
threat to local traditions.
Arabia, the police are instructed to arrest teenagers who dress emo
because the tight jeans are seen as un-Islamic
and, when worn by men, a sign of homosexuality.
In the Gaza
youths caught wearing skinny jeans have been arrested and beaten by the
police, and forced to have their hair cut. In Sudan
young men and women have been imprisoned, raped and even murdered,
for wearing them.