Capri Pants - a bit shorter than typical
Capris are a type of pant. In fact, they are a type
of cropped pant.
Capri pants are pants that are longer than
shorts but are not as long as full length
trousers. The pant leg fabric will come down to between knee and calf or ankle
length. This style of pant will typically be a length to reach near the top of
the ankle, but the leg length varies by brand, manufacturer, or other stylistic
factors. Capris are widely popular with people in many countries;
especially in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
Capris' acceptance in the United States was influenced by
the 1960s television series The Dick Van Dyke Show. The character Laura Petrie,
the young housewife played by Mary Tyler Moore, caused a fashion sensation.
At the time, she actually created a mild amount of controversy by wearing
snug-fitting capri pants during the show's run.
Capri pants have been worn by women but have also been part
of the menswear market from time to time.
By the mid 1960s, capri-style
cargo pants became popular among some teenage boys. A good example was
Luke Halpin who was a superstar teen actor of that era. Luke Halpin wore men’s
capri pants in some episodes of the popular Flipper TV series.
After a drop in popularity during the 1970s through the
1990s, capris returned to favor in the late 1990s. Spanish tennis player Rafael
Nadal wore capri pants in the majority of his matches before 2009. This
helped bring the pant back into the main stream for some men.
This type of pant sometimes goes by other names. They
are occasionally referenced as three quarter pants, crop pants, pedal pushers,
clam-diggers, floods, highwaters, culottes, or toreador pants. Some of
these may have technical differences, but the words are often used
interchangeably (possibly inappropriately).