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Gaucho Pants

An early-70s look stolen from the gaucho (the traditional cowboy of Argentina), these wide-legged short trousers were the hottest things to wear with your Dingo boots.

Gauchos (the trews, not the cowboys) had very wide legs, and were styled like the skort – the legs were so full and short that they almost made a skirt, but still had a division for each leg.

Gauchos were usually made from the fabric of the decade, corduroy, but they could be fashioned from plain cotton or denim as well.

The south-western flair that blazed through the 70s translated into a neutral palette of beiges, oranges and browns, knee-high leather boots, corduroy gaucho pants, neck scarves and suede jackets.