AskDefine | Define pantsuit

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  1. A women's suit consisting of coordinated pants (trousers) and jacket


Extensive Definition

A pantsuit, also known as a trouser suit, is a woman's suit of clothing consisting of trousers and a matching or coordinating coat or jacket. The pantsuit was very popular in the 1920s, during the Roaring Twenties when women took on a new role wearing pantsuits, hats, and even using canes.
André Courrèges introduced long trousers for women as a fashion item in the late 1960s, and over the next 40 years pantsuits gradually became acceptable business wear for women. In 1966, designer Yves Saint-Laurent introduced his Le Smoking, an evening pantsuit for women that mimicked a man's tuxedo. More recently, Hillary Rodham Clinton is known for her trademark blue pantsuits.


External links

  • [ Courrèges' pantsuit], from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
pantsuit in German: Hosenanzug
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