Pants is a universal term. Melanie Belted Plaid Ruana. Jaime Button Front Blouse. Jeans, on the other hand, are jeans. In UK English, Slacks are trousers worn by women.
Where we would call trousers as formal long pants. Trousers are smart and formal, you would not call the lower half of your addias track suit "jogging trousers". If its raining I put on waterproof pants. Seems to depend on where you are from in the U. Blue jeans don't fit this word. Pants is a universal term. You subdivide, by using slacks etc. A garment worn by men and boys, extending from the waist to the knee or to the ankle, and covering each leg separately. Trousers or "pants" can either be synonymous with pants or have a more formal connotation.
Therefore, all trousers are pants, but not vice-versa: This definition is consistent with other languages such as the Spanish pantalones, which is contrasted with pantalones cortos shorts, or literally "short pants". I have always thought of trousers as part of a suit or uniform. Slacks look the same as suit trousers because they are made of more formal material, but are purchased separately.
They would be worn alone or with a sportcoat. Pants are everything else, corderoys, chinos, jeans, and other less formal styles. In UK English, Slacks are trousers worn by women. This is by contrast with the other form of similar leg covering garment worn by women: Trousers usually implies that the wearer is male.
In UK English, pants is a less formal word for trousers. It doesn't usually mean underpants , although if you wet your pants , I suppose this might mean underpants. Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count.
Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead? Questions Tags Users Badges Unanswered. Tim 4, 51 Added AmE tag because to me "pants" definitely does not mean the same as "trousers"!
More important to me than the reference of each of these word is the users. In decades of life as a native English speaker, living in multiple countries that speak English, I don't think I've ever heard anyone outside of those three categories use those two words.
My mom talks about "slacks" and "trousers". I just call everything "pants" and I'm done with it. It's all pants all the way. In my experience in American English, "trousers" is seldom used unless it is an affectation of some kind.
Tim In British English, "pants" is short for "underpants. An excert from here: Daniel 3 7. Isn't it neat how usage varies? Personally, I would call suit pants slacks if worn without the jacket I've never heard suit pants called slacks.
What part of the US do you live in? Brandon I generally wouldn't say slacks as the term is more of an occasional term used by my elders But if I did I would only mean suit pants in the sense of the kind of pants that may be paired with a suit jacket.
For your information, I was raised in a suburb of Chicago. As I understand "suit", the jacket and pants always come together. If you pair the jacket with pants of a non-identical material, then it's not a suit again, as I've always heard the term used, and had it explained to me when I've asked for fashion advice.
FumbleFingers k 30 Google does something curious if you search for "men's slacks". In the UK, pants just means what Americans call underpants. I'm surprised by your mention of "slacks". I haven't heard that word used in the UK, at all. It seems to be an American English word.
I saw two peaks in AmE and no hits at all in BrE. Mitch It counts pants as hits for slacks. I found that curious.
I didn't intend to give the impression that "slacks" is "US-only" terminology. I meant that it seems to be an American English word, at least in origin and most of its use.
That's because, in all my decades, I can't think of even one example of hearing "slacks" used in the UK. See ngram below which is probably book references only slacks - The next fairly broad term, covering all but work clothes or jeans. Men's slacks are where you find men's dress pants in a department store. Men's Furnishings is where you find "pants" in Nordstrom, a popular American department store. In Men's Clothing, one finds "dress trousers". So not all stores are the same. In Macy's, one of the largest department stores in the US, one subcategory in Men's is pants.
There is also a Suit Separates subcategory where, a quick review, finds the bottoms referred to as pants across several brands. Brooks Brothers, a more classic men's store, lists casual pants and dress trousers as categories.
That AE definition for slacks is outrageous. Do a google image search for slacks. Do those look informal? You might wear jeans to work, in which case those images would look formal. Low To High Price: High To Low Alphabetical: A to Z Alphabetical: Seeley Quarter Zip Wubby Jacket. Reina Midi Wrap Dress.
Samara Pointelle Scallop Hem Sweater. Danica Confetti Knit Sweater. Joy Swiss Dot Pattern Blouse. Hadley Wubby Reversible Puffer Vest. Charlize Scallop Hem Cropped Sweater. Jaxson Fair Isle Tunic Sweater. Primrose Embroidered Faux Suede Skirt. Helen Dolman Sleeve Sweater. Abigail Mid Rise Skinny Jeans.
Kelly Waffle Knit Button Front. Jennie Bell Sleeve Wrap Dress. Sage Canvas Front Tie Kimono. Shelly Back Snap Puffer.
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