Cigarette Pants– are Narrow cut trousers that are tapered towards the ankle. They first became popular in the 1950’s and recently in 2000 the trend has re-appeared often seen on hipsters.
For those women who love a good ‘trouser’ suit, as they were called, Saint Laurent should be your favorite designer. He responded well to the trend creating themed suits for women including his “African”, “Safari”, and “City” suits. Now, you may be saying, “But I thought women wore pants long before the 70s?” and you would be correct but they were only acceptable in certain settings, for sport, loungewear, and “as an expression of iconoclasm by celebrities like Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Katharine Hepburn,” but never were trouser suits “acceptable townwear for a fashionable woman”. We should all be thankful for designers like YSL.
I honestly thought this was a actual bag! But after further research I found out that Oxford Bag, Baggy trousers worn by undergraduates at Oxford University, England, in the 1920’s. The hem measured approximately 20 inches (50 cm) wide and was cuffed. Oxford bags were a popular trouser style for women and men during the 1930’s and 1970’s.