Women Wearing Pants: Sleeping, Lounging and the Beach

June 1, 1935: "Women Play Bowls A bowls match with participants wearing the latest fashion in beach pyjamas, England, 1935." Via Corbis

Initially introduced as fashionable women’s wear in 1922 by Paul Poiret as pajamas, they eventually evolved into casual wear worn for specific occasions– for sleeping, lounging and the beach (Watson, 2004). Lounging pajamas, according to Vogue, were for “when informal entertainments and masquerades are the order of the day.” Chanel helped with the general acceptance of women’s trousers, and was often seen wearing sailor-style pants. Pants of this era were loose with an elastic or drawstring waists with a side closure (Mendes & De La Haye, 1999).



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