So I have been up for about an hour, have my second cup of coffee and everyone else is still sleeping. I cut out my material for my trousers yesterday, and decided I didn’t like the way the legs looked. I want them to be a super skinny leg maybe even with a button on the cuff for foot entry. So I have to re-measure and recut the legs. It has me a little worried because I know that you can take away but you can’t add(well you can but not in this case). It all got me on a train of thought about pants.
I started thinking about all the different ways that everyone says pants,trousers,slacks and all that stuff. So this is what I came up with;
In North America, pants is the general category term, and trousers refers, often more formally, specifically to tailored garments with a waistband and (typically) belt-loops and a fly-front. For instance, informal elastic-waist knitted garments would never be called trousers in the U.S. Undergarments are called underwear, underpants, or panties (the last are women’s garments specifically) to distinguish them from other pants that are worn on the outside. The term drawers normally refers to undergarments, but in some dialects, may be found as a synonym for “breeches”, that is, trousers. In these dialects, the term underdrawers is used for undergarments.
In Australia, the terms pants and trousers are synonymous.
In most parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland, trousers is the general category term, and pants refers to underwear. In some parts of Scotland, trousers are known as trews; taken from the early Middle English trouse, its plural developed into trousers.