While rebellious women began wearing pants in earlier decades, in the 1930s there were several social situations that were acceptable for women to wear pants in public.
Pants generally were wide legged trousers with a front crease or very wide flowing culottes that looked like a skirt when not moving, with a high fitted waist. The double button “sailor” front was common, as was a side zipper or button closure. They were usually made of a durable cotton fabric like twill or wool for winter.
In summer, beach pajamas, which look like palazzo pants with an attached sleeveless top, graced the beaches, seasides, and pools of 1930s Hollywood. They were made to comically extreme widths and in bold geometric patterns, but were (and still are) extremely comfortable to wear. Beach pajamas became popular for a day at the beach or a “restful day at home.”
Take a look at these cool photos to see women wearing wide leg pants in the 1930s.