Capris are calf length women's pants with the length falling halfway between the knee and ankle and often having a slit on the outside of the leg bottoms. Capri pants have become increasingly popular with North American women, have become timeless and a wardrobe essential.
Capris were introduced by fashion designers in the mid 1940s, with the pants name coming from the Italian Isle of Capri. The American actress Grace Kelly was among the first famous women to wear capris on the Isle of Capri in the 1950s and 1960s. Capris became especially popular in the U.S. during the 1960s after being worn by actress Mary Tyler Moore on the Dick Van Dyke show. Some women prefer capris over shorts because they are more flattering, just as comfortable and can be worn for more occasions. Capris are a great choice for women who are not comfortable wearing shorts. Capris are available in many different fabrics: cotton, denim, polyester, linen, silk, spandex blends and leather. Capri styles can include large cargo pockets, no pockets, loose fitting, tight fitting, drawstring closure, slip on, zipper closure, etc