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15 Different Types of Unisex Pants (Women and Men – List)

Pants will never go out of style. Check out how many different types you’ve got in your closet. We feature the many variations of pants.

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Pants can tell the world what type of style you have, what kind of job you do, whether or not you’ve gained a little weight lately. They’ve been a part of fashion for centuries and they’ve always been a part of your wardrobe. But you probably have a lot of pants that you can’t identify by name. After you see this list of types of pants, you’ll be an expert on the subject.

Interesting Pants History

The oldest pair of pants is 3,000 years old and was discovered in China. One of the early proponents of pants was Joan of Arc. She preferred the traditionally male garment because they were comfortable for combat and horseback riding. Also, it protected her from being groped by soldiers.

In 1701, Russian Czar Peter the Great mandated that all Russians should wear pants. In 1873, Levi Strauss introduced jeans for the first time. This style of pants eventually became the classic Levi’s jeans we know today.

Unisex Pants

Pants have historically been linked with men and male fashion, and it’s pretty known that women came to the look late in many Western societies. But there are some types of pants that were made for either sex so that all could enjoy the style. 

Pants types by gender

=> Men: See all the types of pants for men specifically

=> Women: See list of the different types of pants for women

Chart: Top 10 Unisex Pants

All Types of Unisex Pants

1. Bondage Pants

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Bondage pants were the result of a fashion collaboration in the 1970s by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, who were inspired by Army-issue cotton pants. They recreated the pants with a different fabric and added straps between the knees. Bondage pants became a popular item in punk fashion and continue to be worn today. That’s why bondage pants may also be called punk pants.


Tripp pants are a variation of bondage pants that are loose-fitting and often have chains and studs attached to them, rather than straps. These pants were popularized by dancers in the techno music scene, according to Urban Dictionary.

2. Dungarees

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Dungarees, or dungaree pants, aren’t always what they seem. The word itself really refers to a specific type of fabric. However, “dungarees” has come to be used for blue jeans and also for bib overalls. In the Encyclopedia Britannica, dungarees also mean jeans, denim, or Levi’s.

The term can be applied to any type of pants that are made with dungaree fabric, which is a thick type of cotton that is usually dark blue in color. The fabric was originally known as “dungri” cloth, named for the Dongri village in India. The word “dungri” became “dungaree” when the fabric became popular in England, according to History of Jeans.

3. Fisherman Pants

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Fisherman pants are a traditional Thai garment worn by indigenous people. But through the magic of fashion, this has become a popular style all over the world. In fact, you may already own fisherman pants and not even know it.


Fisherman pants can be worn by both men and women and they are all a one-size-fits-all design. They’re usually made with lightweight cotton and the style is very simple. Basically, fisherman pants are two wide, straight legs connected to a wide waistband. They come with their own matching belt that is attached to the waist of the pants.

The pants are very large so they can fit a multitude of body types. They are worn wrapped around the body, which makes the attached belt a must. These pants are lightweight, comfortable, and fashionable.

4. Hammer Pants

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If you were alive in the 1990s, then you know about Hammer pants. And when it comes to style, you can’t touch this one.


Hammer pants are also called parachute pants because of the way they’re designed. Rapper Stanley Kirk Burrell, better known as MC Hammer, hates that nickname. He asserted in an interview that the pants should be called Hammer pants.

These pants fit around the waist but they’re extremely baggy and billowy in the hips and thighs. They have a low crotch and they’re very tapered at the lower leg, just above or just covering the ankle.

However, Hammer didn’t exactly design this pants style. Maybe you can’t touch MC’s dope raps. but for this look, he borrowed from history.

The Other History of Hammer Pants

Baggy pants with lots of extra fabric actually originate in ancient Persia, India, and Turkey, appearing thousands of years ago. These pants, known as harem pants, definitely inspired the 1800s look that ultimately found its place in fashion history as Hammer pants.

Victorian-era harem pants were an early foray into feminist fashion and became extremely popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Harem pants are sometimes also called Eastern pants.

Modern Style

In the 1960s, a young boy who would become MC Hammer found that loose pants made it easier to dance. He started wearing triple-pleated zoot suit pants, and Hammer pants were born.

Hammer pants are a classic but they are no longer part of the fashion scene. But like all trends, this look is always out there and always ready for a comeback.

5. Hiking Pants

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Hiking pants aren’t really a specific style of pants. Retailers tend to group lots of different types of pants together and call them hiking pants. Usually, these are just durable, lightweight pants with plenty of pockets that are made for easy mobility.

6. Jeans

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Popular with both men and women, jeans are among the most widely worn pants anywhere in the world. They are available in a wide range of washes, colors, and styles. One of the biggest advantages of wearing jeans is that you can wear them with nice shirts and blouses or simple T-shirts, as well as all types of vests and sweaters, shoes and sandals and all other clothing items. They are the quintessential casual pants.

Women’s jeans also come in a wide variety of styles, including high-rise jeans, low-rise jeans, and jeans made for a particular body type. Regardless of the shape of your body, you can find jeans that look great and feel great.

7. Overalls

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Overalls are a type of pants, though there’s a little bit more to them than other pants styles. Overalls are loose-fitting pants that also have an attached bib. And while you may think of denim overalls when you picture this garment, they can actually be made from any material.


The word “overalls” used to describe all sorts of different clothing items. Eventually, the modern overalls we think of today were named “bib overalls” and then dungarees, though “dungarees” can be many different types of pants.

The overall design that people wear today was first created in the late 1800s. Overalls became especially popular during WWII but not as a man’s garment. Women who were joining the workforce in droves to aid in the war effort took to overalls quickly and they caught on as a huge trend.

Overalls have since become a big part of fashion. They were extremely popular with hip hop artists of the 1980s and they’re still popular with blue-collar workers and farmworkers, who first popularized the look.

8. Painter’s Pants

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The bright white color makes painter’s pants immediately recognizable. But painter’s pants are more than just white pants. This is a specific style that was developed for working painters. More recently, they’ve gone high fashion.


Painter’s pants are made out of white canvas and have heavily stitched seams. This makes them incredibly durable, something that’s necessary because they’re work pants. Painter’s pants are also made with many large pockets to provide space to hold tools, clothes, and other items used by painters.

The style became fashionable in the 1970s. The bright white became a canvas for designers, who sold fashion painter’s pants decorated with bright splashes of color. Fashion painter’s pants are still a hot look and it’s one designer look that’s relatively easy for even casual fashionistas to fake.

9. Pajama Pants

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When you want comfort, you reach for your pajama pants designed to be a loose pant with comfy, soft, stretchy material. This style is so ubiquitous, you probably never think about where it came from. But if you had to guess, you might think pajama pants are a relatively modern invention. After all, the movies always show people living back in the day wearing long nightgowns, even the men. The truth is, pajama pants have been around for centuries.


Pajama pants date to the days of the Ottoman Empire. The word itself comes from the Hindi pae jama or pai jama, which translates to “leg clothing.” Pajama pants may also be spelled paejamaspaijamaspyjamas and, of course, pjs.

It’s believed that pajama pants were introduced to the West in the 1870s when British colonists started wearing them instead of the long nightshirts that are so frequently seen in the film. In the 1920s, pajama pants became popular in women’s styles as well.


Pajama pants are loose pants that are tied at the waist with a drawstring, though elastic waistbands are also common in modern pj designs. Pajama pants can be tight or close-fitting but they’re usually loose and comfortable.

10. Rain Pants

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Designed to fit like pajama pants or sweatpants, rain pants are made with PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or other waterproof fabrics to keep your skin dry. Rain pants typically have an elastic or drawstring waistband and may have elastic at the cuffs to keep water out.

11. Stirrup Pants

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Stirrup pants have a long association with sports. These pants are characterized by a strap at the bottom of each pant leg, which goes around the bottom of the foot to hold the pants in place and keep them from riding up.


The pants were first worn by equestrians. Stirrup pants stayed in place and didn’t ride up on the legs while they put on their tall riding boots. Skiers soon discovered the style and the pants were popular for athletes in the 1930s Olympic Games.

Stirrup pants were hot on the fashion scene again in the 1980s, when many different athletic wear styles became trendy. Today, stirrup pants still make an occasional appearance on the fashion scene but now they’re mostly linked to football players.

12. Straight Pants

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Straight pantsstraight leg pants or straight leg jeans are simply that: pants that fall in a straight line from the hips to the hem. They do not taper at the bottom but remain consistent throughout, according to Heddels.

13. Track Pants

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An integral part of the tracksuit, track pants has somewhat murky origins. Some give the credit to designer Emile Camuset, who is said to have invented the tracksuit in 1939. It was called the “Sunday uniform,” according to GQ.

Other sources say the tracksuit wasn’t invented until the 1960s thanks to synthetic fabrics like nylon, which were used to create the design. They say the tracksuit was created by Adidas in collaboration with Franz Beckenbauer, a German soccer star.


Track suits became a mainstream fashion in the 1980s when Run-DMC made them the coolest look in hip hop. Since then, tracksuits have always been big in casual style. Top designers have created their own tracksuits and they’ve been worn by the most stylish celebs.

14. Trousers

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Trousers is just another word for pants. Any type of pants is also a type of trousers. The term is more commonly used in UK English than U.S. English, but both words mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably. The word slacks can also be used to generically refer to any pair of pants, though the word trousers is more commonly applied to men’s pants and slacks are more often used to describe women’s pants.

15. Waders

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Waders are unlike any other pants on the list because in many designs, the boots and the pants are one. You might say that waders are really a type of boots but since they also completely cover the legs, they’re also a type of pants.


There are three main types of waders based on their height. Hip waders are more like chaps. They are made in two pieces, with separate legs that strap to a belt to keep them in place. These are designed to keep anglers dry in shallow depths of water.

Waist-high waders are also called wading pants. They look like large, baggy pants and stay up with a belt or suspenders. This design is made for water that is two to three feet deep.

Chest waders have suspenders built in so you can step into them, pull them over your shoulders, and wade into deeper water.


Waders are made with waterproof materials and are usually somewhat thick and heavy. Waders are commonly made with rubber or even more commonly, neoprene (synthetic rubber), according to Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Other Types of Pants

Fashion history is full of different types of pants in all sorts of styles. Some pants have made such a mark on history and style, even if only for a brief time, they deserve to be remembered.

Sports Pants

If you’re a fan of hockey, then you know that the players wear short pants. These pants are easy to skate in and they look pretty good. However, the NHL learned that there’s another really great reason for wearing short pants when playing: long pants slide on ice.

This became apparent in 1981 when hockey went wild for a brand-new type of pants: Cooperalls. These were long hockey pants. The thinking was that the design gave players more protection. Unfortunately, they were wrong. The long pants made it easier for players to slide across the ice. Players were sliding all over the place, increasing their risk of injury. To make matters worse, the pants were hot!

The NHL banned Cooperalls the very next year and hockey returned to the short pants that we all know today, ending hockey’s brief flirtation with pants over shorts.

Historic Pants

Baji pants are loose, baggy, lightweight pants that are part of the hanbok. This is a traditional Korean outfit made up of two pieces. The upper garment, the jeogon, is worn by both men and women. Only men wear baji pants, however, while women wear a skirt called chima. The hanbok clothing has been worn since around 57 B.C.E., according to National Clothing.

Braccae pants are some of the oldest ever worn. In the days of ancient Rome, no one wore pants. You’ve definitely seen images of them wearing their long togas, attire that was worn by both men and women. But Roman soldiers who left their warm, Mediterranean climate and went into France and Britain soon found out why the people there wore pants. These were braccae, loose-fitting pants made with wool and lashed at the waist and ankles with leather straps. 

The most recognizable historic pants of all time may just be knickerbockers, also known as knickers. These pants were worn for over a century by men of all ages and walks of life. Knickerbockers are distinct for the band at the bottom of each leg, which makes it possible to fasten these pants tightly at the knee. These were some of the most widely-worn pants in men’s fashion until the 1930s, according to the Encyclopedia of Fashion.

Open crotch pants, also called split-crotch pants, are exactly what you think they are. These pants are properly named kai dong ku and they are a traditional garment in China. Here, babies wear these pants instead of diapers. This makes it very easy for them to relieve themselves whenever the need strikes, which many say leads to quicker potty training. It also greatly reduces waste, as parents use these pants as an alternative to diapers. Though these pants were the preferred garment for Chinese children for centuries, kai dong ku are slowly being replaced by ordinary pants and modern diapers, particularly in larger cities, according to Atlas Obscura.

Sharovary pants are traditional in Russia and instantly recognizable as a cultural dress. These are wide, blousy pants that are belted at the waist and gathered at the ankles, where they are typically tucked into tall boots. Shavorary is made with a lightweight fabric like silk and typically, they’re bright red or blue in color, according to National Clothing.

14. Pleated Pants




The materials that pants are made from matter a great deal. After all, jeans can’t be jeans if they aren’t made from denim. Get familiar with some of the most common types of pants materials so you can be a true pants expert.


Pants are often made with blends that combine two different fabrics, for example, synthetic fiber and cotton or polyester and cotton. Most blends are designed for comfort as well as to make the pants themselves look more stylish.

When it comes to blends, you can find dozens of combinations available for pants of all styles and colors. Taking into consideration the area of the country you live in and your own personal tastes and preferences are the best way to decide which fabric blend is right for you.


Corduroy is technically a blend of fabrics that are twined together, not just one type of fabric, and corduroy pants are perfect when it’s cool outside but not cold enough to make you want to wear something wool. If you think of corduroy as a hybrid, you’ll understand why wearing corduroy pants is much the same as the various fabrics included in it, because it is a versatile type of material that can be worn during various seasons.

A lot of corduroys are breathable and warm but not stiff, which means that you can stay warm in corduroy pants without feeling overheated. Put simply, corduroy is definitely one material that you want to consider when purchasing pants for your closet.

Cotton and Polyester Blends

Cotton blends are great for warmer weather and there are many reasons why cotton is often combined with polyester when making pants. Both materials are breathable, light, and very comfortable and they both do a great job of whisking away moisture. Pants that are not 100 percent cotton are also able to go for longer periods of time without needing to be ironed.

Calvary twill is a tough, durable fabric that was designed to be worn by cavalry soldiers. It is usually made from wool but it can also be made in a variety of different blends.Calvary twill is distinct for its double twill line. In the U.S., calvary twill was named elastique because of its somewhat stretchy quality.  

Gabardine is a woven twill fabric that has a diagonal cord, which gives it a distinct feel and a visible sheen. This is a tough, rain-resistant fabric that was originally used to make cloaks worn by Spanish people in the Middle Ages. The cloaks were called “garbardinas.” Gabardine fabric is not the same as a gaberdine, which is a type of long tunic. 


Jeans are always made of denim material but there are also many types of denim, including blue and black denim, dark or light denim, and denim used for jeans, skirts, and even vests and jackets. Denim jeans can even include those with holes in them, faded denim, and dark denim that gives the pants a very formal and dressy look, making them appropriate for the workplace.

The fabric itself also varies and includes different types, such as natural denim, open-end denim, pinto wash denim, poly-core denim, ring or ring-spun denim, and over-twisted denim, to name a few.

Until the 1970s, most denim was made out of ring-spun yarn that produced the vintage look and surface unevenness that most people today still recognize. In that decade, the open-end type of denim was introduced, which lowered the cost of denim and therefore of jeans because it omitted part of the spinning process.

If you want a softer, textured look and feel today, choose a premium label because most of these companies use a dual-ring-spun type of yarn for their denim.

If you want a faded look, choose a pinto-wash look with its mottled appearance that both consumers and designers love. The more you shop for denim, the more varieties you’ll find. Since the comfort level and price vary greatly among each of these materials, it is all but guaranteed that you will find something you love when you shop for your jeans next time.


Flannel is cotton that has a loosely spun weave. This is what gives the flannel a slightly fuzzy feel on one or both sides of the fabric. This makes flannel a warm, insulating fabric that is popular for suit pants. Flannel is a traditional suit material in men’s and women’s fashion.


Linen is made of flax and is considered one of the oldest woven fabrics. The fabric has been used as early as 30,000 B.C.E. in Georgia for everything from rope-making to clothing. Linen may be easily wrinkled but it’s undeniably one of the most comfortable fabrics for clothing. It’s breathable, water-absorbent, easy-to-wash, and beautiful.


Moleskin is a very popular fabric choice in Europe, particularly in France. And no, this material is not actually a mole’s skin. It’s actually heavy cotton material that has been brushed to give it softness. The material is so soft, it feels like a mole’s skin. It’s also a durable fabric that is popular for work pants because it’s both comfortable and tough. 

Stretch Knit

Stretch knit fabric is not necessarily form fitting like the thicker technological blends used in athletic pants. Stretch knit is usually a predominantly rayon blend (with polyester, cotton, or nylon) intended to drape and flow in unique ways. It is elastic with four-way stretch and so very comfortable. Usually, this fabric is considered very informal and casual. It’s inexpensive and a lot of mass-produced fashion relies heavily on it.


When people think of wool, they think of a fabric that is good for winter wear, and with good reason. A few pairs of wool pants can keep you both warm and comfortable during the winter months but they do much more than that.

Wool pants, also called wool trousers, also resist wetness and water and they can trap in heat, fight off the cold and keep your legs insulated even if it is raining or snowing outside. They are perfect when it’s bitter cold outside but they also do great in the fall when the weather starts to get crisp and cool. High-quality wool is also very soft, adding a lot of comforts, as well as protection from the elements.

Chart: The Different Parts of a Pair of Pants

In some parts of the discussion on the different types of pants, various parts of the pants come up so we created a custom illustration charting the anatomy of a pair of pants.

The different parts of a pair of pants

Men’s Sizes

An illustrative chart setting out men's pants sizes.

The great part about pants for men is that they come in sizes that fit anyone out there. If you’re a short or slim man, you can find something to fit you. If you’re extra tall or heavy, you can find those types of pants as well because there are now complete stores that cater to men of all sizes. Men’s pants are normally sized by the waist size and the size of the inseam so you need to know these numbers before shopping for pants.

Waist sizes are generally available in increments of two and range from 26 inches to 40 inches. Inseams usually range from 30 to 34 inches; however, many of the more reputable men’s clothing shops can take your exact measurements and custom-make a pair of pants just for the client, meaning that you are always guaranteed to get a perfect fit.

In addition, another aspect to watch for is the sizes available in relation to where the pants were made because sizes in the U.K. and Europe do not mean the same thing as sizes in the U.S. Most stores have conversion charts for pants made in other countries, which makes finding the right size a lot easier, but, again, taking your measurements first is crucial when you’re getting ready to shop for pants.

Women’s Sizes

An illustrative chart setting out women's pants sizes.

In order to find the perfect pair of women’s pants, the hips, waist, and inseam are usually measured and women’s pants come in regular sizes as well as petite sizes and plus sizes. Regular sizes range from 0 to 18 in most cases and plus sizes usually start at 12 and can go up to 24 or even higher in some instances.

Petite pants come in these same sizes but the only difference is their length. Made specifically for shorter women, petite pants save these women the task of hemming the pants to make them a convenient length. Inseams range from 30 to 34 inches and just the same as men’s pants, once you know what your exact measurements are, it is much easier to find the perfect size of women’s pants.

Also as with men’s pants, women’s pants can be manufactured in nearly any part of the world so it is recommended to check on this aspect and use a conversion chart when necessary, especially if you are researching or ordering your pants online.


You probably still have lots of questions about pants, like which ones you should own, how you should wear them, and how to get the right fit, just to start. Get the answers to all the common pants questions and you’ll always be super stylish.

What’s the difference between pants and trousers?

There is no difference between pants and trousers. The two words can be used interchangeably. Pants might also be called dungarees or slacks, which can be applied to any pants style.

How many types of pants are there?

Counting all the variations, there are hundreds of different types of pants, ranging from historical pants to cultural costumes to everyday pants that are commonly worn. 

What tops to wear with baggy pants?

If you’re wearing baggy pants, pair them with a fitted top. If your top is too baggy, you could end up looking sloppy. To keep the look from being too cluttered, try a monochromatic or two-tone color palette. 

What pants should a man own?

It’s harder than ever before to be a well-dressed man. Once, styles for men were fairly basic. Now, there are all sorts of different types of pants, shirts, coats, and shoes. Give your wardrobe a strong foundation by investing in some standard types of men’s pants.

According to Fashion Beans, every man needs a pair of corduroy pants, a pair of wool pants, at least one pair of chinos, a pair of linen pants, at least one pair of sweatpants, a pair of cargo pants, a pair of pleated pants and a pair of tracksuit pants. Of course, you’ll want to have a couple of pairs of jeans as well. 

What kind of pants are in style?

You can’t go wrong with wide-leg pants, cargo pants, and yoga pants right now, according to Glamour. Everyone is wearing these super-trendy types of pants. If you want to look super stylish, get at least one of these hot looks and you’ll be right on-trend.

Why are baggy pants popular?

Baggy pants and sagging pants are a distinct trend and popular look in hip hop culture. According to fashion legend, the look began in the prison system more or less by accident. Prisoners were often assigned ill-fitting pants and were not allowed to wear belts. As such, they often walked around with oversized, drooping drawers. 

The look came out of the jails and became big in urban fashion. It soon swept the U.S. and beyond. The sagging trend reached its peak in the 1990s but hasn’t totally faded from popular style since.

What are pants sagging and should you do it?

The sagging trend is not hard to copy if you want to get the look. All it takes to create sagging pants look is a pair of pants that are too big for your body. Next, you use a belt to secure the pants very low around the hips, instead of up around the waist. This will create the sagging look that has made its way into trendy fashion. 

At what age should you stop wearing ripped jeans?

How old is too old to be wearing ripped jeans? Some style experts would say you shouldn’t touch super trendy jeans looks after age 25, but most people can get away with cool denim well into their 30s.

The truth is, you can pull off any look you like when you’re confident. Anyone who has confidence can wear whatever fashions they want. After all, great style isn’t only for the young!

What’s your pant size?

If you want your pants to look good, they must fit your body well. Men should start by measuring their natural waist. The natural waist is the measurement straight around your body at your belly button. The tape measure should not be tight or loose, but right against the skin. If your waist doesn’t exactly hit the mark, round up to the nearest inch.

For the inseam, men should measure from the groin to the lower part of the ankle down the inside of the leg. Men’s pants are measured at the waist and inseam, with the waist measurement first, according to WikiHow.

Women should also get the measurement for their natural waistline. This is usually right above the belly button. You should be measuring at the thinning part of your midsection. This is the waist measurement. You’ll also want to take an inseam measurement. These two measurements can be converted into women’s sizes using a standard size conversion chart.

Which pants are good for the gym?

You can’t work out in a pair of suit pants. If you’re going to the gym, slip into a pair of track pants or sweatpants. Women can also wear yoga pants, which are specifically designed for exercise.

How should pants fit your body?

How do you know your pants fit your body properly? Check several main points on your body and test the fit overall. First, your pants should not feel too tight but they also should not feel too big and baggy around your body. 

The inseam of the pants should go past your knee and in most styles, should reach at least to your ankles. If the inseam falls short of your ankle and you are not wearing capris, your pants are too short. If the inseam is well below your ankle, your pants are too long.

Pants should fit your hips, rear end, and waist without being too tight or too loose in these areas. You should be able to squat, bend, and sit naturally, without the fabric cutting into your skin and without it gapping around your body. 

Why is the word pants plural?

A pair of pants is just one garment. You put a pair of pants on just one hanger. So why are pants plural and not singular? Why is it called a pair of pants, after all?

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, there are a couple of different explanations for why pants are considered to be a pair instead of a singular item. Some linguists believe that the phrase stems from a time when pants were made in two separate pieces, one for each leg. Others believe that pants are considered a “plural only” word, which means it doesn’t have a singular version. 

The simplest explanation is that pants are a pair because they go on two legs. 

Can pants shrink?

Pants can shrink in the washing machine and/or the dryer, just like any other piece of clothing. Whether or not an item of clothing shrinks depends entirely upon what the garment is made from. Cotton is known for shrinking, especially in hot water or a hot dryer.

Will pants stretch?

Over time, just about any pair of pants will stretch out. This happens due to repeated wear and repeated washing and it happens to all types of clothing eventually. 

Can pants be taken in or let out?

Most pants can be taken in if they are too loose or let out a little if they are too tight, though there often isn’t a lot of room to work with because pants are made to specific sizes. Pants that are meant to be tailored, like suit pants, are much easier to alter than pants that are made in specific sizes, like jeans. 

What is the difference between shorts and pants?

It’s hard to know the difference between pants and shorts. Some men’s shorts styles are very long, while some pants styles can look pretty short. As a general rule, any bottoms that are shorter than mid-calf are shorts if they don’t fit into any other type of pants style (such as knickerbockers). 

Why are denim pants called jeans?

It’s well-known that Levi Strauss ultimately invented blue jeans. But since they’re made with denim fabric, why call these types of pants jeans? Denim fabric was first created in Nimes, France. It was called “serge de Nimes,” which sounds like “serge denim.” 

Ironically, the weavers who created the first denim were attempting to reproduce a type of corduroy that was made in Genoa, Italy. They failed to reproduce corduroy but came up with a durable fabric that was destined to become famous. 

Should you wear your pants over or under your belly?

Most of us don’t have time to do crunches. So if you have a belly, no worries. Most people have one. However, there are times when you will have to ask yourself where your pants should sit: over or under your tummy. So where do they go?

According to GQ, pants should sit right on the hips or just above the hips. This means that they should also be under your belly.

How many dress pants should a man own?

The number of dress pants and suits a man needs to own depends on what he does for a living. A man who wears a suit every day for work will obviously need more suits than a man who works in a totally different setting. But the short answer is that most men should own one to five suits.

It’s also a good idea to keep at least two nice pairs of pants on standby, maybe a couple of pairs of chinos, along with a standard pair of business casual khakis. 

Do pants need to be broken in?

Jeans do need to be broken in before they will truly fit your body. The best and only way to really do this is simply by wearing your jeans. You shouldn’t wash jeans unless you have to. If your jeans are dirty or stained, they should be washed. Otherwise, you can hang them in the bathroom while you shower. The steam will freshen up the jeans. 

After you wear your jeans regularly, they will begin to conform to your body and fit perfectly. You will lose this when you wash your jeans.