My visit to Eliza at History Undressed.
Welcome to History Undressed, Suzi Love!!! She’s written a fascinating piece on Regency clothing for us — specifically men’s leg wear. Love it! Enjoy!
Many names have been used for men’s leg coverings, or men’s pants, through history : Latin braccae, loin-cloth, breech-cloth, breech-clout, braies, britches, Scots Breeks, trousers, pants, pantaloons, knickerbockers, plus fours, jodhpurs etc. Or even Oxford bags, a baggy form of trousers worn by members of Oxford University , especially undergraduates, in England during the early 20th century.
By the early 1800s, men’s clothing was rapidly changing. Culottes, or knee breeches, and their previous distasteful association with rich aristocrats, particularly in France, were being replaced by first pantaloons, and then trousers. ‘Showing-a-leg’ no longer seemed important as clothing, and lifestyles, became more relaxed.