12 types of pants you should definitely own

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Are you the ‘all-girl’ type who loves to dress in pretty dresses and  skirts or Are you the self proclaimed ‘all-pants’ girl who is always seen in pants. Whatever you are, you cannot escape the comfort and style a pair of pants brings to your wardrobe.

Dressy to casual, pants fit all fashion styles. But the wrong kind of pants can take you from a fashion diva to a fashion toddler. I think that the most important things to consider when going about getting your pants are

  1. It fit you properly . 
  2. The color of the pants complements you
  3. The style matches your age and body shape

If these considerations are taken care of, your pair of pants is sure to make you look fabulous. Checkout these 12 styles of pants and decide on which one you need right now

A short history of women’s pants

When Coco Chanel came across wide legged trousers during a trip to Venice, it signaled the rise of a new era in women’s fashion. Till then only women workers wore trousers and that too for ease of working. With Coco Chanel’s patronage, the loose slacks became high fashion statement. During 1950s High waisted cigarette pants and capri pants gained fashion favor. Wide waistbands, flat fronts, side zippers high waists – all these were features of these pants.

The 1970s saw bell-bottom flared trousers gaining attention following the hippie movement. In the 1980s the masculine silhouette with corporate style pants along with oversized jackets gained popularity.

In 1990s grunge look with baggy trousers and ripped jeans was fashionable. Then by 2000 came the skinny jeans and low rise jeans. Sporty chic with cool track pants and pants suits are all fashionable as we speak.

The most common Pant styles


Straight pants

This is the most common types of pants and you most probably  own one. As the name suggests these pants are straight all along its length.  These pants usually have opening in the front with zipper and or buttons.



Jeans are made of a rough and thick material called denim. It is characterized by double stitching lines all along the seams done in a thick thread. Made for rough use, jeans epitomizes youthfulness.

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Checkout the tutorial on 4 easy ways to shortening the length of a too long jeans  or 15 ways to distress your jeans and 8 ways to patch your jeans and Make a Knee ripped jeans – DIY tutorial(without removing the white thread)

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Overalls or jumpsuits

These are pants which have a bodice attached to it at the waistline. They have a long stitching line starting at the neck and going along the crotch line at the front as well as the back. Pockets are usually topstitched. These are usually worn by workmen. Jumpsuits are also a favourite of Childrenswear.

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These are also called shorts. They are knee length or slightly longer in length.Checkout the 17 different types of shorts there are.


Checkout the tutorials to make capri pants which are longer shorts or to make men’s boxer shorts as well as simple girl’s  shorts – 3 Free patterns and tutorials. 

Harem pants

These are trousers with gathers at the waist and at ankles. The gathers are held by elastic bands or waistbands with drawstrings.

Checkout the harem pants pattern to make this beautiful casual but fashionable harem pants ; or an easy to sew bohemian hippie pants   or two easy patterns to make wrap pants (yoga pants & samurai pants)

hippie pants diy wrap pants pattern

Baggy pants

These pants are fitted at the waist and flares towards the legs. Checkout the sewing tutorial for a baggy drawstring lounge pants you could make yourself

Checkout the tutorial to make stylish Palazzo pants and 12 ways to style the palazzo pants 


Bell Bottoms

These pants are fitted at the waist hips and thighs and flares from the knees.

Tights or leggings

These are very fitted pants made of hosiery or knitted material. Tights with loops which go beyond the heels of the foot are called slacks.

Checkout this tutorial to make a leggings pattern and step by step instructions to sew one in your favourite fabric even cotton. 

Punk Pants

These are pants with lots of stitching lines and pockets stitched on it for decorative purposes rather than functional. They are very popular among the young generation and the style varies with years.

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Eastern pants

These are pants which have elasticized or drawstring waists with a big flared legs.

Checkout the tutorial to make 5 types of eastern (Salwar) pants – Dhothi pants, plain salwar pants, chudidhar pants, patiala pants 

how to sew salwar pants

Jodhpur pants

These are pants which are loose till the knees and end in a simulated cuff at the ankles.A different take on Jodhpurs are riding habits worn by the horse riders. They are calf length and ends in a long simulated cuff.

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These are trousers with a bib which is attached to the back with two adjustable straps.  They are made of very thick material. The bib usually has a pocket or sometimes patch.


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