What Are Cigarette Pants

Cigarette pants are slim-fit pants and also known as “skinny jeans”. They have a snug fit through the legs and end in a small leg opening. The end opening can be anywhere from 9″ to 20″ depending on size. Various names are given to skinny jeans like- pegs, drainpipes, stovepipes, Asian tight-pants, cigarette pants, skinny pants or skinnies.

This particular style of pants originated in the 1950s. It became very popular after stars of 50 had started wearing the pants. Stars such as Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger, Cisco Kid, Zorro and Gene Autry, Marilyn Monroe, and Sandra Dee used to wear their pants very slim to the ankle.

Skinny jeans are narrow at the bottom of the leg, whereas drainpipe jeans are skinny but then the lower leg is straight instead of narrow fit and so they are often slightly baggier at the bottom of the leg than skinny jeans. There are different styles of cigarette pants like in zippers the bottom of the leg to facilitate pulling them over the feet. In stretch denim, with anywhere from 2% to 4% spandex, may be used to allow jeans to have a super-slim fit. Skinny Jeans come in various colors as well as styles. In early 1990s, with the arrival of baggy jeans the popularity of slim fit declined tremendously. Baggy jeans became popular due to the fashion influences of hip-hop and grunge music. Whereas tights worn with over-sized tops had been popular amongst young women in the 1980s, this trend reversed from the early- to mid-1990s, when baggy pants were frequently paired with tight-fitting crop tops. During the mid to late 1990s flared pants came back into style, cigarette pants fell out of style once more. Style icons such as supermodel, Kate Moss and actress, Sienna Miller are credited with bringing women’s cigarette pants back into mainstream style in the new millennium.

In the early 70s glam rock and rockabilly bands refreshing the Teddy Boy and brought in the demand for drainpipe jeans in contrast to the flared trousers worn by hippies. Red tartan drainpipe jeans were popular in the punk subculture of the late 1970s, worn by many bands and scene leaders.

In the 1980s skin-tight acid-washed jeans were also very popular. This was the trend for those who did not wear spandex, which was popular with the dominant heavy metal scene at the time. They were often worn with white high-top sneakers or basket-ball shoes like Converse.

The fashion spread to teens, children and young men in early 2000. The explosive trend for colorful skinny jeans dominated Asia and eventually made a statement throughout the world from early 2009.