Trousers (or "pants" in North 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 skirts and dresses). 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 parts of the world.
Trousers may be characterized by:
Trousers were introduced into European society at several points in history, but gained their current predominance only in the 16th century.Some women and many young girls see trousers and shorts as being more practical and comfortable than skirts and dresses for most activities.
It is customary in the western world for men to wear trousers and not skirts or dresses. However, there are exceptions such as the Scottish kilt and the Greek tsolias, which are worn on ceremonial occasions, as well as clothing such as cassocks etc of religious functionaries.
Women's Trousers 2007
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