Have you ever wondered what to call pants of different lengths? The March 1964 issue of California Stylist provided this helpful chart for eight different styles. (Click on the image for a bigger version.) How interesting that they measured the length from the waist. I would have thought measurements from the ground or the inseam would have been more accurate. Obviously none of these markers would have helped the very tall or very short.
The subtle distinctions between styles surprised me—the Bermuda short four inches longer than the Jamaica short, for example, and the Pedal Pusher three inches longer than the Deck pant. Note also that the full length slacks do not come anywhere near the floor. Capri pants are described as the best selling style. The longer length, in a bell bottom, was a “novelty look.”
Although this doesn’t have any direct relevance to older women, it adds another element to consider when evaluating what they wore. Did older women wait to switch to pants in the seventies in part because they got longer?