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From trousers to hose

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:36 pm
by Savernake

Its my (limited) understanding that the Anglo-Saxons wore trousers of a sort. Later in the middle ages people wore first short hose, then long separate hose, and finally joined hose. Although joined hose were surely tighter fitting than Anglo-Saxon trousers, leg covering seem to have come full circle back to something very similar to an earlier time.

Does anyone know why this was? Was it just fashion?

Re: From trousers to hose

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:16 pm
by 40/- freeholder
This blog on the Oxbow books website might be relevant (
Who wears the trousers? The History, Politics and Culture of Trousers