Trousers in History

  • In Asia both women and men have long 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 for women to wear pants in offices, classrooms, and restaurants in the U.S.

Color and FashionFashion and DressCenturies of Jeans