If I say the word “parachute,”
what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? If you were born
in the 90s, you probably think of a device that’s used when
jumping out of a plane; if you are a Fortune 500 exec, you
probably think of your retirement or severance benefits;
however, if you grew up in the eighties, the word “parachute” is
more likely bring parachute pants to mind.
What are parachute pants? Back
in the early 1980s, parachute
pants were tight, shiny pants made
of synthetic material--the stuff used to make parachutes. These
pants were originally created for break dancers who needed pants
that could stand up to the abuse of break dancing. They
typically featured multiple zippers to add to the edgy feel.
While women sometimes wore parachute
pants during the 80s (I did in the 7th grade! -- charcoal gray and so
cool for stylin at the skating rink), they
were most often worn by men.
It is unlikely that this particular trend will make its way back to the
mainstream even if it was seen on the runways last Spring (2009). Every
fashion decade has lingering cringe-worthy trends. Parachute pants may
very well be the skeleton in the closet of 80s fashion.
I do have to admit, there are some
diehard parachute pants enthusiasts out there and if you look hard, you
can find a couple of brave souls wearing them today. If you’re one of
these people, rest assured that while parachute pants may no longer be
in style, there are a few specialty stores that still have them for
If you can’t wait another minute for the
slick, zippery feel of parachute on legs, check out this store where
they are available in every color of the rainbow. Dude!
The Original Parachute Pants Store: