SANS-CULOTTES - meaning without culottes (or silk pantaloons), were the left-wing partisans of the lower classes (often urban laborers); notice here pictured on the left is a Sans-culotte while figures on the right wear the typical pantaloons (Empire Period)
Sans-Culottes - Group of working-class men who supported the French Revolution. One of their most noticeable characteristics at the time was that they wore pantaloons -- "sans culottes" meaning "without knew breeches".
sans-culottes refers to their lower class status; culottes were the fashionable silk knee-breeches of the nobility and bourgeoisie, as distinguished from the working class sans-culottes, who traditionally wore pantalons, or trousers, instead.
Culottes freshen up sans-culottes by widening the leg, but the style remains similar to the original. Need to overthrow a government? These comfy pants are a perfect blend of ease and confidence-boosting flair. // Tibi SS15 at NY Fashion Week