Capri pants were first introduced to the world by European fashion designer Sonja de Lennart in 1948. The name came about from the Italian isle of Capri where the pants became popular during the 1950s and 60s. Capri pants were made famous in America when they were worn on the Dick Van Dyke show by actress Mary Tyler Moore, which caused some controversy as up to this point women on TV were seen to wear dresses and skirts and definitely not shorts. Popularity for this item fell during the 70s and 80s but in the run up to the 2000s the Capri pants became popular again and even Spanish tennis player, Rafael Nadal, was seen to wear them in the majority of his matches before 2009.
Nowadays, there are significantly more women’s Capri pants than men’s but there are still many stores that stock Capri pants for both sexes.