Short Trousers – Camouflage Line

Today we went to a clinic to get us tested for Covid, it cost a huge amount of money so we leave and need to go to a specialist to give us a reference to get tested by the medical aid. I also don’t feel well, a little fewer but not that bad.

Anton and I are in the house and put us now under quarantine to keep us in the house. It is summer and it is hot, to be sick in this climate is not nice.

Today I am looking at short trousers. What is interesting is that everything which was made has a small history, for me, it is important to know that to get not only ideas but to understand things like, why did men start wearing short trousers, which countries, and what role does climate play on wearing clothing. For instance, the military and policemen wear short trousers in the hot place’s in the UK the children or boys wear them in school and when they are older they start wearing long trousers, normally when they reach puberty.

In different countries the people have different names for short trousers for example in India it is called half pants, in Australia, it is called stubbies and in the UK it is referred to as athletic shorts, sports shorts.

Knickerbockers or Knickers

These pants are called knickerbockers or knickers and were baggy and normally gathered at the knee and were tightened by a buckle or button.

It was worn by men during the 19th century and also became fashionable under women. This garment was usually worn as sportswear under golfers and for women cyclists.

 Designer unknown (American). Black knickerbockers, ca. 1900. Cotton. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983.44.4. The Jacqueline Loewe Fowler Costume Collection, Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 1983. Source: The Met

The Berg Dictionary of History of fashion design defines knickers as follows:

“A loose form of breeches of tweed, etc., fastening with a band below the knee; introduced at first for the voluntary militia, and then used by civilians for country pursuits; “cut three inches wider in the leg and two inches longer than ordinary breeches” (1871, The Tailor & Cutter). Usually worn with a Norfolk or other type of sports jacket for golf, etc. The name derived from the fictional Dutch founders of New York as depicted by Washington Irving in his History of New York by Dietrick Knickerbocker (1808).”

“Some 19th-century women wore ‘bloomers’ or knickerbockers for cycling – like this woman in Christchurch in 1896. But this attire sometimes attracted abuse from onlookers, as members of the city’s Atalanta Cycle Club found. They decided to revert to skirts in 1893, but later relaxed the rule as people got more accustomed to seeing women in trousers on bikes.”


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