Oxford Bags, the Ridiculously Wide-Legged Trousers of the 1920s

2017/10/1 23:59:32

If you’re a regular follower of UBO, you know what to expect, i.e. a very wide range of articles that relate directly or at least potentially to Ukraine. Now we’ve decided to add something we’ll call Fun Features, articles that are not necessarily related to Ukraine but perhaps you might find fun to read. We introduce this feature with the following from Atlas Obscura.


Photo: A man wearing Oxford bags, c. 1930. PA IMAGES/ GETTY IMAGES





IN A 2013 ARTICLE FOR the Newsletter of the New Sheridan Club—a club dedicated to extremely British foppishness—writer Sean Longden makes the following claim: “Only jeans can compete with bags in the history of 20th-century menswear.”




What he’s talking about is a style of pant called the “Oxford bags,” a mysterious and, yes, influential design that achieved extreme popularity in the 1920s. Of course, in the cyclical world of fashion, the popularity of the Oxford bags didn’t end with a single tenure; they came back in the 1970s, and then, arguably, in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They are singularly ridiculous and delightful, at their extreme one of the silliest pant designs ever conceived. And there’s no reason to think they won’t be back again at some point.





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