Plus fours

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Man in plus fours and Argyle socks. Dublin, June 1932

Plus-fours are breeches or trousers that extend 4 inches (10 cm) below the knee (and thus four inches longer than traditional knickerbockers, hence the name). As they allow more freedom of movement than knickerbockers, they have been traditionally associated with sporting attire from the 1860s and onward, and are also particularly associated with golf.[1]

Less known are plus-twos, plus-sixes, and plus-eights, of similar definitions.[2]

An "extravagant, careless style that fit right in with the looser fashions and lifestyles of the 1920s," plus-fours were introduced to America by Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII of the United Kingdom),[1] during a diplomatic trip in 1924. They are often seen on golf courses, and frequently worn with argyle socks, silk neckties, and dress shirts/sweaters. Some plus fours even came as complete suits.

They were later brought back to prominence by the professional golfer Payne Stewart who wore them on the PGA Tour.[3]

Tintin, the fictional comic book character from The Adventures of Tintin, famously wears them.

Plus-fours are featured in André Benjamin's Benjamin Bixby clothing line, which is based on clothing worn by Ivy League athletes in the 1930s.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fashion Encyclopedia, Plus fours.
  2. ^ "Esquire's encyclopedia of 20th century men's fashions," by O. E. Schoeffler, William Gale, 1973, p.674
  3. ^ Golf Today, Payne Stewart, a champion in plus two's.
  4. ^ Wilson, Eric. André Benjamin’s Clothing Line Includes Plus Fours and Club Sweaters, The New York Times, October 2, 2008.

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