I never had a pair of these, but the desire was there. I always thought it was cool how parachute pants swish as you walk. I wanted to SWISH down the junior high hallways like the boys. I was a bit of a tomboy…
Wikipedia defines this fashion statement as:
Parachute pants are a style of trousers characterised by the use of nylon, especially ripstop nylon. In the original loose-fitting, extraneously zippered style of the late 70s/early 80s, “parachute” referred to the pants’ synthetic nylon material. In the later 80s, “parachute” may have referred to the extreme bagginess of the pant. They are typically worn as menswear and are often brightly colored. Parachute pants became a fad in US culture in the 1980s as part of an increased cultural appropriation of breakdancing. Parachute pants played a pivotal role in the 1980s in fashion.
Check out this 80s fad:
It’s Hammer Time… NOT!
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