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Hillary Clinton wearing a pantsuit as she's sworn in as Senator.

A pantsuit or pant suit, also known as a trouser suit ouside the USA, is a woman's suit of clothing consisting of trousers and a matching or coordinating coat or jacket. The pantsuit was introduced in the 1920s, when women took on a new role wearing pantsuits, hats, and even canes and monocles.

Formerly, the prevailing fashion for women included some form of coat, but paired with a skirt or dress. Hence the name pant-suit.

André Courrèges introduced long trousers for women as a fashion item in the late 1960s, and over the next 40 years pantsuits gradually became acceptable business wear for women. In 1966, designer Yves Saint-Laurent introduced his Le Smoking, an evening pantsuit for women that mimicked a man's tuxedo.[1]


  1. ^ Alexander, Hilary. "Smoke Without Fire." The Telegraph (Dec. 12, 2005).

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