Wardrobe Wednesday: Pants… So many lengths, so many names

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Trousers, capris, shorts, oh my! There are so many different types of women’s pants and so many different names for them, how do we know what to look for and what to wear?! We have such a plethora of styles to choose from which can enhance our wardrobe, but also cause some confusion.

Here’s a simple pant length guide to help you…

Full length or Trousers: These are the longest pants and should rest on the shoe.

Ankle pants, Floods or 7/8s: They should hit your ankle and expose all of your shoe.

Gaucho or Culottes: They are a wide-legged fuller trouser that should end at mid-calf and sometimes give the illusion of a skirt. This style was borrowed from 1800s South American cowboys. These cowboys were known as Gauchos and it is believed they received mythic status for their incredible riding skills. Fast forward to the 1970s where fashion designers created these pants as a modern alternative to the skirt.

Capri, ¾, Crop or Clam Digger: The pants fall below the knee and should go no lower than your calf. Introduced in 1948 by Sonja de Lennart, the pants derived their name from the island of Capri where they rose in popularity. Many celebrities in the 50s and 60s like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe wore these versatile pants and are still being worn by today’s women around the globe.

Pedal Pushers: These can fall into the Capri category as they are the same length, but are often worn tighter and sometimes cuffed. They were aptly named in the 1950s as they were often worn by cyclists who wanted to avoid getting their pants caught in the bicycle chain.

Bermuda Shorts: The length should be just over or at the knee. Named after Bermuda where they have been worn for decades by many people. They gained popularity because they are a comfortable option to wear to work in the tropical climate.

Shorts: As the name indicates, they are short! Shorts should cover your thighs, but are not as long as Bermudas. They are appropriate for warm weather, sports and casual attire.

Now that you are well informed about the different pant lengths you must keep in mind there is a time and a place for each of them. With casual dressing becoming increasingly popular and accepted at work, it’s important to use discretion when choosing your outfit in the morning. Showing less is always more in a professional environment. So, save those Capris and shorts for summer evenings and weekends.

Karen has had a passion for style and fashion most of her life. Her lifelong dream came to fruition 17 years ago when she opened her boutique Moda Elle in Plaza Pointe Claire. Karen prides herself on excellent personalized service and truly loves to make her clientele happy. She recently doubled the size of the boutique in order to serve the well-dressed West Island women better.