Friends, I was taught to call the pants up top knickers.
I know that in many anglophone countries, knickers refer to women's underwear. A big YEA for women's underwear.
The word knickers, as I understand it, is short for knickerbockers. These are trousers that generally gather just below the knee. They are also called breeches, plus fours and plus twos. In the last century, they were often associated with golf. To some extent, they still are. You can read more about them here.
A few images through the ages:
A close cousin below:
Today, in some circles, similar knee-length pants seem to be making a comeback: in wool, in an evocation of Edwardian England, and in synthetics, as a sporty biking/hiking pant.
Not entirely coincidentally, today on Etsy I purchased this vintage unisex hiking knickers pattern, Daisy Kingdom 21 (below).
I'm curious to see how I might incorporate these in my wardrobe. To me they look like fun and -- hopefully -- not too costumey.
What do you think, readers? Are knickers best left in fashion's dustheap, unearthed only for the odd 1920's reenactment party or roadshow revival of The Sound of Music?
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