were a loose-fitting baggy form of trousers
favoured by members of the University of Oxford
, especially undergraduates, in England
during the early 20th century from the 1920s to around the 1950s. The style had a more general influence outside the University, including in America, but has been somewhat out of fashion since then.
The style originated from a ban in 1924 on the wearing of knickers by Oxford (and Cambridge) undergraduates at lectures. The bagginess allowed this to be hidden easily. The style was invented by Harold Acton of Christ Church.
The style made a comeback in 1970s' Britain, often worn with platform shoes. A popular 1970's Scottish boy band, The Bay City Rollers wore a variant of oxford bags with tartan trimmings that fell short of ankle-length.
- Martin, Richard, Oxford Bags, St James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture.
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