1940s Pants/Trousers-Then and Now
1940's women's slacks A modern take on the high waisted trousers of the 1940s
Trousers or pants only became a part of widespread women's wear during the 1940's. Before then, they were predominantly men’s wear items.
During the second world war, women working in factories needed safe clothing that wouldn’t catch in machinery. Initially, women wore men's trousers but over time, manufacturers began to make trousers for women, out of fabric such as cotton, denim, or wool blends, however they still looked very masculine. They were very high waisted, button or zippered down the side and had full legs with wide cuffs at the bottom.
Although women wore them mainly for work, they soon became a staple of their casual wardrobe too.