This article is about trousers for formal day attire. For trousers for informal lounge suit jackets, see lounge suit
, also known as formal striped trousers
or colloquially spongebag trousers
, are grey striped or patterned formal
trousers for day attire
in traditional Western dress code
, primarily associated with formal morning dress
or secondly its semi-formal
equivalent black lounge suit
Traditionally made from heavy wool
ranging from worsted
to partial twill
weave, the pattern is most often of a muted design in stripes of black, silver, white and charcoal grey in various combinations (not to be confused with pinstripe
, which are formed of single thin lines spaced equally apart). In addition, formal trousers may also come in check
patterns, such as houndstooth check
, or plaids
, although these variants are widely considered as not the most formal.
Although it is possible to create a complete suit out of the same fabric, etiquette
limits the morning stripe design to formal trouser.
In Batman Returns
, Christopher Walken
's villainous character wears pants, a sportcoat and a waistcoat made from the same spongebag fabric.
Typically, formal trousers are intended to be worn with braces
with a fishtail back covered by a waistcoat
, and have pleats
for correct ironing
result and comfort. Likewise, for traditional reasons of formality, they do not have turn-ups
, since these are considered less formal.
The British synonym "cashmere striped trousers" refers to the actual name of the stripe pattern, and not to the fabric
. Similarly, the slang term "spongebag trousers" or "spongebags" is due to the perceived similarity of the distinctive stripe pattern to traditional sponge-bags, a bag of toiletries
(but does not apply to check patterns). In Germany, the synonym "Stresemann trousers" occurs, for the same reasons as the semi-formalstroller
is called a "Stresemann".
Formal trousers were originally introduced in the first half of the 19th century as a complement to the then widely worn frock coat
. As established formal day attire trousers, they were subsequently introduced to go with the morning dress
, which in turn gradually replaced the frock coat as formal day attire standard by 20th century, along with its semi-formal equivalent black lounge suit
- ^ Storey, N. (2008). History of Men's Fashion: What the Well-dressed Man is Wearing. Remember When. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-84468-037-5. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
- ^ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/suiting-fabrics-cloth-weaves-designs-morning-stripe-jean-paul-samson/
- ^ Batman Returns on IMDB
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