Monday, August 29, 2011

Skinny Pants - 1963

Today we call them skinny jeans, leggings, tights, what have you.  But narrowly cut pants are nothing new.  Neither are leggings.  With the advent of the new "miracle" knit fabrics in the early 60s, knit stretch and stirrup pants were all the rage with young women.  Make note, though, that pants like these were strictly for casual wear and would not have been worn to work, to a meeting with a professional or to a restaurant.  Many women wouldn't even wear them for shopping or to class.  Today's photos are from 1963.

Above at left:  Davenshire rayon/nylon stirrup pants came in 8 colors and were offered in short, medium and tall lengths.  At right:  Davenshire wool worsted plaid skinny pants, fully lined of course.

Tiger brand pants and coordinating blouses.  Left:  Black wool flannel pants (fully lined) worn with a printed acetate blouse.  At right:  Wool/nylon stretch pants with stirrups worn with a cotton blend blouse.

Koret of California introduced jacquard textured skinny pants in Permathal cotton knit.  Supposedly, the pants were tough enough to be tackled by football players!

 What did one wear with skinny pants and leggings?  Flats and only flats!  Shoes with heels would have been considered too "trashy".  Cute flat shoes and ankle boots were called for and the style choices were plentiful.  Above, 9 styles of flat shoes and booties, all by Sandler of Boston.

Three menswear style boots, all in leather.  At the top, Pappagallo buckle boot.  In the center, a laced bootie by Sandler of Boston.  At the bottom, A loafer extended into a boot by Trampeze.


déjà pseu said...

I remember wearing stirrup pants as a child just around that time. It wasn't too long after that when Beatle boots became all the rage, and then we wore those with our stirrup pants. I especially like the menswear boots in that last picture!

(I did also wear stirrup pants once or twice in the 80's. Fortunately no pictures are known to be in existence.)

London is passion said...

Wonderful post! Thanks

those tricks said...

omg those skinny, high waisted 1963 pants?!
I love them.
Though would have to have a build in gut-buster these days. haha

MeggieLoveday said...

I love cigarette pants! They just look fab an especially in wool too an lined!
Thanks for such an informative post.

substitutionqueen said...

I had a wardrobe of stirrup pants in different colors, those were the days!

Mad Scientist said...

It's so hard to get nice flats these days - especially ones that go high up the vamp.

Nicole said...

It is so fun finding where fashions of today derived from. Thanks for sharing!

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