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Nursebennett
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Date: 5/15/12 10:31 AM

No clue if this is the correct section to post such a question. At any rate, I see so many terms here to describe bottom wear. Are some terms the same? Does it depend on the fabric? So, I see:

Trousers
Slacks
Pants
Jeans
Britches or breeches

And there are more I'm sure I'm forgetting at the moment. What's the difference? I take jeans to mean a pair of pants made from denim.

I also see people refer to pants as "a pant". I've only ever used pant as a word to describe what dogs do when they're hot. LOL

Maybe in the fashion world there IS a difference in pants and trousers? Or pants and slacks? Someone enlighten me, please? Thank you!
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Date: 5/15/12 12:14 PM

According to "PatternMaking for Fashion Design" by Armstrong, it has to do with how much larger the pant is at the crotch level compared with the wearer's upper thigh measurement:
A trouser is 3 1/2" larger
A slack is 2 1/2" larger
A jean is 1 1/2" larger
I believe pants is used for any of the above mentioned styles.
I don't know about britches & breeches, I think of those as a terms from the UK.
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Date: 5/15/12 12:20 PM

Quote: Nursebennett
I also see people refer to pants as "a pant". I've only ever used pant as a word to describe what dogs do when they're hot. LOL

Haha! This reminds me of a funny story. I work in the garment industry. My coworker told the overseas factory she was sending them "a pair of pants". They recieved them & replied, "You only sent us one pant, not 2 like you said in your mail".
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Date: 5/15/12 3:44 PM

Breeches, I believe, is related to horseback riding pants. And britches is an old fashioned term, from the old west I think, for any pant-like covering.

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Date: 5/15/12 6:23 PM

There is a really funny and well-written article here that goes into the differences between pants, trousers, slacks, and other lower-body garments:
Trousers versus Pants
Take it with a pinch of salt :)
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Date: 5/15/12 9:40 PM

OMG that's hilarious! LOL I've never heard the term "Melvin" either!

Thank you for the definitions. I love learning.
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Subject: Whats the difference? Date: 5/16/12 1:57 PM

Wonder what the original "Melvin" did to deserve this as his namesake.
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Date: 5/16/12 4:04 PM

In the UK, a Melvin is called a Wedgie. Infant children wear vest and pants to do physical education. This is their underwear.

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