TrousersTrousers (or "pants" in American English) are an item of clothing worn on the lower part of the body and covering both legs separately (rather than together as in a Skirt and dress. Trousers are worn at the hips or waist, and may be held up by their own fastenings, a belt, or suspenders. Leggings are form-fitting trousers of a clingy material, usually a knit. Trousers, together with a shirt, are the standard clothing for men in many or most parts of the world.
Trousers may be characterized by:
- length: They can cover the body from the waist all the way down to the top of the foot, or stop almost anywhere from upper thigh to ankle. The most common short pants, known as shorts, are usually informal wear and stop anywhere from the upper thigh to the knee. Capris are women's pants that end mid-calf or just below the calf.
- some trousers have detachable legs, usually with zippers
Based on a dubious interpretation of Deuteronomy 22:5 in the Bible, a small minority of Christians believe that women should not wear trousers, but only skirts and dresses. See more at http://www.spiritualabuse.org/issues/standards/dress/pants.html Some women and many young girls see trousers and shorts as being more practical and comfortable than skirts or dresses for most activities.
Widespread in the Western world is the belief that men should not wear skirts and dresses, but trousers, with the exception of Scottish skirts (kilts) and special costumes, e.g. that of religious functionaries. See also Cross-dresser.
Cut-offs are homemade shorts made by cutting the legs off trousers,