Gaucho Pants

AKA: this original style only has one name

How to say it: gou-cho

Traditional Features: 

body template

  • high-waisted
  • fitted through the hips
  • calf length
  • flared from the hip to the hem
  • loose through the legs


…of the style: Sources suggest that the Gaucho Pant is an updated version of the 1950s capri pant and was introduced in the mid 1970s, perhaps as a response to the wide, loose styles of the Hippie look. The slightly longer length and wide leg made the Gaucho more accepted as a pant for women to wear in business situations and the style found its niche as a dressier pant option for women.

The style’s heyday didn’t last long, however, and they fell out of favour in the 1980s. It made a bit of a comeback in the early 20th century and since then has hung around, its comfortable, relaxed look striking a cord with enough customers to convince the designers to keep bringing them back.

…of the name: The Gaucho pant is named after South America’s version of the cowboy,  who resided in the grasslands of Argentina, Uruguay, Southern Chile and Southern Brazil. The modern pant mirrors the style of pant worn by the cowboys with its wide legs and loose fit.

For more info on Gaucho pants try WiseGeek, BlendNewYork, eHow or check out the Fairchild’s Dictionary of Fashion

Random Facts

  • The South American Gauchos adapted their style from the Andalusian riding suit

21st Century Gaucho Pants

They aren’t everywhere, but if you are into the Gaucho style you can definitely find them in some of the best stores around.

adam lippes chadwick bell

Adam Lippes, Chadwick Bell

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Vivienne Tam, Proenza Schouler


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