Z Cavaricci Pants

Throughout history, men’s fashion has often taken a backseat to what we women wore. But guys during the 1980s had their moment; they were allowed to have some serious fa-fa-fa-fa fashion fun, don’t you think?

Parachute pants, headbands, OP board shorts, Members Only jackets, skinny piano keyboard ties – 80s dudes were stylin’ and profilin’ back in the day. One brand that was super-hot in the late 80s for guys (and girls, but mostly the guys) was Z Cavaricci.

80s Z Cavaricci Pants

The trademark look of Z Cavaricci’s included a super high waist, extra buttons, folds and loops that buttoned and looped onto nothing, and the famous white label that ran right along the crotch.

80s Z Cavaricci Pants

80s Z Cavaricci Pants

While the pants were really fitted along the high waistline, they then flared out in the thigh area before tapering down once more by the ankle. MC Hammer had to have drawn inspiration from Z Cavaricci.

80s Z Cavaricci Pants

80s Z Cavaricci Pants

The pants came in tons of colors. They were very European, very trendy and paired beautifully with a stylish mock turtleneck (made even hotter with the addition of a gold chain hanging out over the turtleneck). Pegging was also important with these pants – you had to roll them up a little so you could show off your loafers.

I had a very stylish boyfriend back in the day who worked at Oak Tree in the mall – dreamy, I know. He was always dressed to the nines and wore these pants all the time. I didn’t see why he should have all the fun with the “Z-Cav’s” as we called them, and he bought me a pair in brown using his sweet employee discount.

I wore these pants A LOT, despite the fact that they were extremely uncomfortable as they were tailored for a man, not a 17 year old girl. But I felt cool in them, especially when I’d see my boyfriend in the hall at school, and he and I had the same brown pants on. How romantic!

Besides these awesome pants, Z Cavaricci also had sweatshirts, t-shirts and of course acid washed jeans in their line.


In doing research, it seems as if the company still exists and is based out of California, although it doesn’t appear as if they are currently selling anything new. That’s a shame; with all of the retro styles coming back today, it sure would make me smile to see high school boys (and girls) rockin’ these high-waisted beauties once again.

80s Z Cavaricci Pants

Author: Lori Ferraro

Lori is a writer and actor living in Portland, OR. Her website, Drawn to the 80s, is where her 5 year old draws the greatest music hits of the 1980s. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and her own blog, Once Upon a Product, is where she writes about important things like beauty products, music, her obsession with Mick Jagger and of course...the 80s.

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  1. Z. Cavariccis were in from 1987-1993. Those were the days! If you look at episode 2 of Step By Step “The Dance”, you can a young man wearing Z. Cavariccis to te left of Steve Urkel when he’s about to ‘do the Urkel’.

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  2. I wish I could still buy cavs like the black ones at the top left of this page. …guys heck they looked great on the gals too. I have a friend that kept all of hers in pristine condition while I on the other hand wore mine to shreds. I loved those pants.

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