Also known as pegs, drainpipes, stovepipes, cigarettes, pencil pants or skinnies, these 3/4 tight fit pants were immensely popular during the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. Designed to fit snugly about the legs the pants were intended to show off ones curvaceous figure, or for guys, to give a more rock and roll appearance.
Made of stretch denim, with anywhere from 2% to 4% spandex would allow the jeans to have a super-slim fit and in some styles, zippers were needed at the bottom of the leg to facilitate pulling them over the feet.
The style of pants originated in the 1950s, with popular stars such as Roy Rogers, Marilyn Monroe and Sandra Dee wearing their pants very slim to the ankle. Tapered jeans became most notable with country music stars and with the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s, when Elvis Presley donned a pair and shocked the country. Drainpipe jeans and rock ‘n’ roll were inextricably linked to create an overall “bad boy” image. While in the early 1960s they were worn by numerous rock bands, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.