Tim In British English, "pants" is short for "underpants.
The difference between them lies in usage. The main difference between trousers and pants is that the word trouser is commonly used in the UK whereas the word pants is commonly used in America. It is also important to note that in the UK, pants refer to undergarments. We are going to elaborate this difference between trousers and pants in this article. Trousers are an item of clothing worn on the lower part of the body and cover both legs separately as opposed to cloth stretching across both legs as in skirts and dresses.
For centuries, trousers have remained the standard lower-body clothing item for males; but, by the late 20th century, trousers had become a popular clothing item for females as well.
The word trouser is mainly used in British English; in American English, the term pant is used to refer to trousers.
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Milano Fit Check Trousers. Madison Fit Check Trousers. Regent Fit Check Trousers. Red Fleece Collection Item. In the UK, pants just means what Americans call underpants. I'm surprised by your mention of "slacks". I haven't heard that word used in the UK, at all. It seems to be an American English word.
I saw two peaks in AmE and no hits at all in BrE. Mitch It counts pants as hits for slacks. I found that curious. I didn't intend to give the impression that "slacks" is "US-only" terminology. I meant that it seems to be an American English word, at least in origin and most of its use.
That's because, in all my decades, I can't think of even one example of hearing "slacks" used in the UK. See ngram below which is probably book references only slacks - The next fairly broad term, covering all but work clothes or jeans.
Men's slacks are where you find men's dress pants in a department store. Men's Furnishings is where you find "pants" in Nordstrom, a popular American department store. In Men's Clothing, one finds "dress trousers". So not all stores are the same. In Macy's, one of the largest department stores in the US, one subcategory in Men's is pants. There is also a Suit Separates subcategory where, a quick review, finds the bottoms referred to as pants across several brands. Brooks Brothers, a more classic men's store, lists casual pants and dress trousers as categories.
That AE definition for slacks is outrageous. Do a google image search for slacks. Do those look informal? You might wear jeans to work, in which case those images would look formal.
But in a suit-and-tie office, slacks would be decidedly informal. I think even the idea that a suit is formal is a recent notion. AFAIK "formal wear" once meant a tuxedo. If you look at depression-era pictures you can often find impoverished men in a three-piece suit, dingy and worn out though it may be.
DanielCook Wear what you like. Technically you are not wearing a suit when you do that, though, as a suit is a jacket and trousers cut from the same cloth. When your jacket and slacks don't match, they may be stylish, but you're not wearing a suit. If ladies were present, only a full dress suit "white tie" would be formal enough.
Nowadays white tie is a rarity even among the ruling classes, and black tie a tuxedo is as formal as you're likely to see. Robert Jeantet 21 1. Tristan 2, 10 7. I have never heard of slacks, but guessing they would be loose clothing. Trousers are smart and formal, you would not call the lower half of your addias track suit "jogging trousers" If its raining I put on waterproof pants. I do not use the term slacks.
I now live in the South of England; it seems the southern English are pretty much on their own on this subject. The rest of the world seems to say it in the American sense. I think it maybe a historic class issue. This definition seems to exist only in American English. An outer garment covering the body from the waist to the ankles, with a separate part for each leg.
So it's similar to the US definition. Dominic Cronin 1, 6 Just love down-voters who don't comment. Sorry, I have downvoted because I think your answer is completely misleading.
Slacks implies pants of certain materials which are not part of a suit (jeans are not slacks, and you would not refer to the pair of trousers that came with a suit as "slacks".) It is also more common to use "slacks" to refer to pants worn by women, while men would wear "trousers". The main difference between trousers and pants is that the word trouser is commonly used in the UK whereas the word pants is commonly used in America. It is also important to note that in the UK, pants refer to undergarments. Trousers are usually what men's pants are referred to, while slacks is a term usually used for women's pants. Both terms are most commonly used nowadays if referring to a semi-formal to formal type of pants worn in the office or for special occasions.