How Do High-Water Pants Work?

Slacks with a length that sits above the ankle are known as high-water pants. They are also known as “flooders” or “flood trousers.” The name “hem” refers to how high they are, keeping the hem dry even in floodwaters.

In the 1850s, the phrase “high-water pants” first appeared in usage. They are frequently observed on kids whose pants are excessively short due to rapid growth. They should not be mistaken with cropped pants or capris, which intentionally end above the ankles. According to About.com Men’s Fashion, high-water pants are typically seen as a fashion faux pas and are connected with individuals who are out of fashion.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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