Here is a trend that has gone, returned and currently doing well on some pants or trousers as some prefer to call it. While on the topic of trends, sometimes, I ask myself if we are running out of ideas because we keep digging into the past for inspiration and reinventing it with a new twist. It sort of makes one ask; what did the past look into for inspiration? What will the future look into if we keep repeating the past and not creating much new? Anyways, just a thought to ponder on.
Today's attention is on the 'cuffed pants'. Yes! flashback to Marlon Brando, Grease, [Danny] John Travolta, his crew and then forward to the 80's [song plays 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody']. Gosh! who remembers Punky Brewster? And then a bit into the 90's with 90210. Well, they[by that I mean the 'cuffed pants'] are on a constant back or at least a little more on the trends radar, but not exactly in their full context. It's hard to pin-point when exactly in history this action started, but from readings, it was out of practical motives that men mainly rolled their hemlines up--you know, to avoid dirt and other ground nuances. As one history research points to King Edward II as a pioneer of this action in the 1890's again for practical reasons in 'bad-weather' days. While other men manually rolled-up their pants, Edward II had his tailored-in. Practical and smart. Soon after other gentleman followed suit.
Allow me to sidetrack for a paragraph, the 'cuffed pants' takes me to the wondering thought of first use of pants by women in America. Well, let the truth be told, we women have always wore the pants in our families--a saying that depicts our fast-thinking and decision-making to keep a family together and running a household. But, in all fair-thinking, couples complete each other equally and when one is unable to hold their share of the reigns, the other steps up to do so. That's how powerful unions work or at least how they should in my perspective. Being practical has been one of the foundations in America and this is primarily the reason why the early American women in the late 1800's wore pants--for work and war. Well, someone had to take care of business when the men and woman went to war. Did you know that almost 400 women chopped their hair off and dressed as men soldiers during the Civil War? An action that brought empowerment and new energy to women of that time--an energy that still contributes to the status of the American woman of today. But not everything was nice and dandy, in 1938, a woman by the name of Helen Hulick in Los Angeles, California, was put in jail for five days for defying a judge because she wore pants in court and was not allowed to testify "I'll come back in slacks and if he puts me in jail I hope it will help to free women forever of anti-slackism." Helen Hulick, Kindergarten Teacher, L.A. Times. After being jailed, written protests, making her point, and being allowed to wear pants in court, she returned to the court room to testify in a dress. Interesting isn't it?
The 'cuffed pants' is on a constant special trend[seen but not seen on the masses] radar in styles more then one and far from its utilitarian use but with a carried-on personal message. Not as tight as in the '80's but more on the loose-side of things--seen during the Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear runways and showcases at Chanel, Banana Republic, Creatures of Comfort, Bally, and Brunello Cucinelli among some. Also seen as simple and chic from the street styles of Kuwait in American-Kuwaiti, Ascia AFK to the street styles of New York in American, Leandra Medine. Two women that have brought a broader open-mindness to fashion industry and who have shattered stereo-types and linear-minded boundaries.
Aside to what certain actions become trend, clothes are our source of communication to the world--Chanel was pretty clear on that this past Spring 2015 season through its fashion protest showcase. Pants were and are a territory of liberty for the American woman who has had and continues to roll-up her sleeves and pants to take-on leading roles within the home and work. So trend or not, pants and cuffs play a symbolism of practicality, liberation, women and men at work.
Women In The Civil War, History
In 1938, L.A. woman went to jail for wearing slacks in courtroom, L.A. Times, Oct. 23 2014
A Second Look At Trouser Turnups Cuffs, A Parisian Gentleman
Women Wearing Pants, History and Women, Apr. 27, 2012
Written by Mariana Aguilera,
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