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Capri pants (also known as Capris, Crop pants, long or three-quarter pants, and clam diggers) are mid-calf pants worn in warm weather. Variants end below the knee and calf. Widely popular with women, they are also worn by men in many countries, especially in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Capri pants were introduced by European fashion designer Sonja de Lennart in 1948. The pants' name derives from the Italian isle of Capri, where they rose to popularity in the late 1950s and early '60s. The American actress Grace Kelly was among the first movie stars who wore capris on the island.
Capris' acceptance in the United States was influenced by the 1960s television series The Dick Van Dyke Show. The character of Laura Petrie, the young housewife played by Mary Tyler Moore, caused a fashion sensation – and some mild controversy – by wearing snug-fitting capri pants during the show's run. By the mid 1960s capri style tight fitting cargo pants became popular among teenage boys; a good example being superstar teen actor of that era Luke Halpin who wore them in some episodes of the popular Flipper (1964 TV series). After a drop in popularity during the 1970s through the 1990s capris have returned to favour in the late 1990s. Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal wore capris in the majority of his matches before 2009.
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