Trousers are a piece of clothing that emerged in Central Asia, worn from the waist right till the ankles, wrapping up both legs separately instead of a whole single piece together. Trousers also referred to as pants, were generally used for underwear or shorts; those are similar to the trousers in style but proportions vary. Shorts only come down till the edge of the knee, high or low, depending upon the style of clothing. However, to categorize between the two, trousers were mainly called as long shorts in contexts of formal outfits, whereas the tailored shorts were short trousers, mainly worn in informal events (for sports or casual meetings).
The first-ever trousers known to mankind were discovered in western China, belonging to the people of the basin. Trousers were invented since the robes were uncomfortable to wear on the horseback. The clothing when entered the antiquity, was worn by both sexes among central Asia and Iranian people. The ancient Greeks found them ridiculous but eventually marked this culture as an emblem of civilization as the world adopted it to survive the battles.
Despite being worn by both sexes, trousers were known for their masculinity, when women wore long skirts. In the 14th century, trousers became common and were developed into tight fits. However, by the end of 15th-century trousers became voluminous, ballooning on the thighs and squeezing at the ankles. It was only during the 19th century, these tight trousers which we wear today were started and worn in neutral colors. Women started wearing them for horse riding with long skirts on the top. They carried it further for leisure activities as they were a safer pair of clothing which gave freedom of movement and were unlikely to get caught up in wheels.
As the beginning of modernization, pantaloons became fashionable, with supplanted breeches s streetwear fashion, which was mainly worn by young boys and schoolboys for sports purposes. Pit brown girls started wearing trousers with skirts on the top to their work in coal mines as it involved manual labor work including sorting and shoveling of coals. They rolled them up to their waists to keep up with flexible movements. Yet, despite the increasing trends, trousers weren’t considered agreeable women’s attire until the latter half of the 19th century. However, as per the trends followed in the mid-20 century, trousers have been increasingly worn by women as well. There were different types of them such as dress pants, jeans, khakis, leggings, sweatpants, etc, that later came to be known and increased with popularity. For example, there are jeans, typically made from denim and dungaree clothing, khaki – a light shade of brown with yellowish tinge pants usually worn by the policemen. Chinos cloth originally made of cotton and also found in synthetic blends. Sweatpants, on the other hand, are a casual variety of pants that are worn for comfort and athletic purposes and are called as joggers or tracksuit bottoms in different countries of the world.
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