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Where it all began
Trousers can be dated back as far as the 13th -10th century BC. Believed to have begun in East Asia, trousers are worn from the waist down to the ankles. Each leg is covered separately. This was the main thing which distinguished them from robes or skirts. The oldest known trousers were from this time period. They can currently be found at the Yanghai cemetery. This is in Western China in a place called Turpan, Xinjiang. These trousers, made from wool material, had straight legs and a wide crotch. It is believed that these were likely used for riding on horseback.
Menswear trousers as we know them
Throughout most of Europe, trousers were worn throughout the Medieval period. It is possible they were worn even before then – since ancient times. It didn’t take long for trousers to become the main garment for men to wear on their lower bodies. Almost exclusively for adults. Since their original form, trousers haven’t changed much. They have always been waist to ankle garments with two ‘leg-holes’.
Styles through the times
Small changes have featured in trousers over the years. The addition of belt loops for example, or a button or zip fly, cuffs and even pleats. Some trousers featured turn-ups created after the rest of the trousers. These are usually pressed or stitched in place. Throughout the years, shorts – or short trousers – have also been popular on and off. Now we tend to use shorts when the weather is nicer, and trousers when it is cooler. The length, and tightness of trousers varied greatly by period. It also varied by class and geographical location. This saw many styles go in and out of fashion from as early as the fourth century. Bespoke trousers were introduced. This was done by having a tailor measure you for the perfect fit, and this is a service still often used today.
Either wool or linen were the most common materials to make trousers from in their early days. Just pre-dating medieval Europe, leather, cotton and silk was used for trousers. In the 17th and 18th century, sailors pioneered the wearing of jeans, denim trousers. Becoming incredibly popular from the 19th century onwards for their durability.
As we have progressed, we have started to make menswear trousers from more and more materials. We often use the properties of each fabric to our advantage. Commonly we use water resistance, durability, breathability or the handle of textile. This also opened up new opportunities for trousers to come in more colour options. It also saw the introduction of brighter and patterned trousers.
The age of convenience
In the high-tech age that we currently live in, trousers tend to be given in set measurements. This usually consists of a waist and leg measurement. This has led to people ordering men’s trousers online more and more frequently. This also means that trousers now can be bought as gifts, or in novelty styles. Bespoke trousers are still an option. You can still visit a tailor on most high streets and get a made to measure pair. The designs and styles are often more limited with bespoke trousers.
Bringing these advancements together
Here at Contrado, we like to use all of these advancements to our (and your) advantage. We offer bespoke trousers, often in a choice of fabrics, which you can design yourself. From a modest pattern, to designs that sing colour or shout statement, you can create custom trousers yourself. We have an in-house designer who creates bespoke trousers just for us. We provide measurements in our handy size guide that you can find on each of our pages to ensure the best possible fit. You create your custom trousers design and upload it to our online interface. Using our design preview, you can even see how it looks on the finished garment. You can create men’s trousers online that are completely, 100% unique.