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Whence whale pants?

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Hello, I am really curious about the history of whale pants (pants with embroidered whales). They weren't invented in the 80's were they? There's a curious lack of history on the internets... any information about whale pants would be most appreciated, including different tips on styling.
 

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Originally Posted by ramseytheii
Hello, I am really curious about the history of whale pants (pants with embroidered whales). They weren't invented in the 80's were they? There's a curious lack of history on the internets... any information about whale pants would be most appreciated, including different tips on styling.
I don't know, so I'll speculate. My guess is that it's a "marriage" of the "preppy/Ivy League" tendency for logos representing groups or affiliations and the Save the Whales campaign begun in the 70s. http://www.greenpeace.org/internatio...paign-history/ I graduated from an Ivy League school in the 60s and in my time no one wore trousers embroidered with anything. That was the province of club ties.
 

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Originally Posted by ramseytheii
Hello, I am really curious about the history of whale pants (pants with embroidered whales). They weren't invented in the 80's were they? There's a curious lack of history on the internets... any information about whale pants would be most appreciated, including different tips on styling.

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Originally Posted by soxpats
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Sorry, it wasn't spam, I am genuinely curious!

I did a search in the forum but nothing came up for whale pants. if I am missing something please do tell me.
 

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Originally Posted by softy
Really? I thought it was just generic marine iconography.
That's my guess. The whale is my favorite critter, followed by the crab. I like it most when the whale has water spewing out its blowhole.
 

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Originally Posted by Another New Yorker
I am a seahorse fan. Very rare however.
I could go for seahorse, but it doesn't seem very New England as it is a warm water creature.
Originally Posted by softy
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It was the most succinct phrasing that I could come up with.
 

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Originally Posted by softy
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If they made this on pants I would wear it.


The walking fish?
 

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They're probably trying to tap into the Nantucket and hence uber preppy iconography. Whales. Hemingway. Fat Whales. Chic.
 

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Originally Posted by SirGrotius
They're probably trying to tap into the Nantucket and hence uber preppy iconography. Whales. Hemingway. Fat Whales. Chic.

Agree with most of this sentence, but I don't know if I would call Hemingway "preppy".
 

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