Capri pants

Capri pants
Plaid Capri pants

Capri pants (also known as Capris, Crop pants, long or three-quarter shorts, and clam diggers) are mid-calf pants worn in warm weather. Variants end below the knee and calf. Though widely popular with women they are also worn by men in many countries, especially in Europe and Latin America.



Capri pants were introduced by European fashion designer Sonja de Lennart in 1948.[1] The pants' name derives from the Italian isle of Capri, where they rose to popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s.[2] The American actress Grace Kelly was among the first movie stars who wore capris on the island.


Capris' acceptance in the United States was influenced by the 1960s television series The Dick Van Dyke Show. The character of Laura Petrie, the young housewife played by Mary Tyler Moore, caused a fashion sensation – and some mild controversy – by wearing snug-fitting capri pants during the show's run.[citation needed] After a drop in popularity during the 1970s through the 1990s capris returned to favor during the 2000s.[citation needed] Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal wore capris in the majority of his matches before 2009.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ - Capri Pants: A Timeless Fashion Trend
  2. ^ "Ancient Capri Still Casts Its Powerful Spell". (29 June 2008). Boston Globe.

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  • Capri pants — Capri′(or capri′) pants , n. (used with a pl. v.) women s fitted pants that end above the ankle Also called Ca•pris′. Etymology: 1955–60; after Capri …   From formal English to slang

  • Capri pants — 1956 (said to have been designed c.1948), from CAPRI (Cf. Capri), It. island; so called perhaps because they were first popular in Capri, which was emerging as a European tourist destination about this time (Cf. Bermuda shorts) …   Etymology dictionary

  • capri pants — ☆ capri pants [ka prē′ ] pl.n. [after CAPRI] n. [often C p ] tight fitting women s pants ending above the ankle: also capris pl.n …   English World dictionary

  • capri pants — (also capris) ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ close fitting tapered trousers for women. ORIGIN from Capri, an island off the west coast of Italy …   English terms dictionary

  • capri pants — /kəˈpri pænts/ (say kuh pree pants) plural noun close fitting calf length pants for women, originally fashionable in Italy in the 1950s. {from Capri, a popular tourist island} …   Australian English dictionary

  • capri pants — noun plural Usage: often capitalized C Etymology: Capri, Italy Date: 1952 close fitting women s pants that end above the ankle called also capris …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • capri pants — noun plural Usage: often capitalized C Etymology: from Capri, island in the Bay of Naples, Italy : close fitting pants that have tapered legs with a slit on the outside of the leg bottom, extend almost to the ankle, and are used for informal wear …   Useful english dictionary

  • capri pants — ca|pri pants [ kə pri ,pænts ] noun plural women s narrow pants that end just below the knee …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Capri pants — women s casual trousers with a tapered leg that end above the ankle and a vertical slit at the outside bottom edge. [1955 60; after CAPRI] * * * …   Universalium

  • capri pants — [kə pri:] (also capris) plural noun women s close fitting tapered trousers, extending to just above the ankle. Origin 1950s: named after the island of Capri …   English new terms dictionary

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