Capri pants

Capri pants (also known as three quarter legs, capris, crop pants, man-pris, clam-diggers,[1] flood pants, jams, highwaters, or toreador pants[2]) are pants that are longer than shorts but are not as long as trousers. They typically come down to between the knee and the calf or ankle.

Capri pants
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Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal in Capri pants
Female wearing pedal pushers (Manhattan, 2011)
Male in cropped jeans (man-pris) (Stevenage, 2009)


Capri pants were introduced by fashion designer Sonja de Lennart in 1948, and were popularised by her and English couturier Bunny Roger.[3] The name of the pants is derived from the Italian isle of Capri, where they rose to popularity in the late 1950s and early '60s.[4] The actress Audrey Hepburn was among the first movie stars who wore capris, most notably in the film Roman Holiday, and the pants quickly became synonymous with her classic style.


Capris' acceptance in the United States was influenced by the 1960s television series The Dick Van Dyke Show. The character Laura Petrie, the young housewife played by Mary Tyler Moore, caused a fashion sensation – and some mild controversy – by wearing snug-fitting capri pants during the show's run.[5] By the mid 1960s, capri-style tight-fitting cargo pants became popular among teenage boys; a good example was the superstar teen actor of that era, Luke Halpin, who wore them in some episodes of the popular Flipper.[citation needed] After a drop in popularity during the 1970s through the 1990s, capris returned to favor in the mid 2000s.[6] Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal wore capri pants in the majority of his matches before 2009.[7] The Thirteenth Doctor from Doctor Who wore capri pants.

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  1. ^ "clam-diggers" Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  2. ^ "toreador pants" Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 24 September 2013.
  3. ^ Fisher, Clive (29 April 1997). "Obituary: Bunny Roger". The Independent. Archived from the original on 7 April 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "Ancient Capri Still Casts Its Powerful Spell". (29 June 2008). The Boston Globe.
  5. ^ Vince Waldron (2001). The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book: The Definitive History and Ultimate Viewer's Guide to Television's Most Enduring Comedy. Applause. pp. 128–130. ISBN 978-1-55783-453-9.
  6. ^ From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century. Andrews McMeel Publishing. 1 June 2005. pp. 68–. ISBN 978-0-7407-9307-3.
  7. ^ "Ueda's Commentary on Modern Tennis Champions" (30 November 2010). A. Ueda.

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