Vintage Women in Pants

Although fashion did not embrace the look of trousers on the female form until the late 20th century, history saw working women wearing them a hundred years prior.  From Victorian coal miners who rolled up their skirts around their waist to reveal soot-covered pants underneath to today’s terrible backlash of factory-torn denim, spandex jeggings, and bedazzled bums, women’s pants have undergone quite a transformation.

Let’s take a look at the early fashion of women’s pants from the festooned Victorian era right on through to the ultra glamorous 1930s.

Bloomer Club Cigar vintage women in pants

Victorian era (


Women in pants

Victorian era


Vintage women in pants


Women in Pants

Edwardian era

women in pants



Vintage women in pants



Vintage women in pants

1926. (WaheedPhotoArchive, 2011)


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Veronica Lake. 1930s.


Vintage women in pants

Ethyl Waters (Jazz singer)


Vintage women in pants

Harpers Bazaar, December 1939


My favorite look has always been knickerbockers with a flouncy blouse, suspenders, and a continental tie (ala Fleur in the Forsyte Sage II).

Fleur Forsyte Fashion

Fleur Forsyte (Emma Griffiths) in Forstye Saga: Series II (still)

Pray tell, ole girl, what is your favorite pants style throughout women’s fashion history?





  1. Love vintage and pants are back in! <3

  2. I love these

    • Oh my, those are amazing. I loooove the vintage sailor girl look so much. I just wish I were lean/tall enough to pull it off. I’d end up looking more like Shirley Temple, haha.

  3. mothcaterpillar says:

    wow! I really like the Harpers Bazaar picture form 1939! :-)

  4. I love these. I wish more ladies who lean to the masculine of center would dress to impress. It does not have to be a wedding or a funeral to pull of a nice pair of slacks.

    • I agree wholeheartedly! I love the dapper look of back in the day…and although I love jeans, sometimes I wish that all of our clothes got whisked away and we were left with only an Edwardian/1920s wardrobe…suspenders, ascots, knickerbockers…not to mention all the fancy dresses for us!

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