Parachute Pants

Parachute Pants

Looking back, one might wonder why gaggles of kids (and rock bands, for that matter) were wearing parachute material in the 80s. It’s not like they were going to accidentally plunge off a cliff or walk out of an airplane. Rather, a new dance form called breakdancing was gathering momentum, and if you wanted to spin with reckless abandon or bust out with some robotic moves, you needed a pair of pants that were lightweight and slick. Once again, the dance community led the way to a fashion fad of immense proportions.

The world can thank clothing manufacturer, Bugle Boy, for unfurling parachute pants upon the populace. Eyeing the material used for nylon track pants, they fashioned a zipper-laden style that was both comfortable and cool, if not a tad noisy when the legs of the wearer rubbed together. Still, the pants were slick, not only in appearance, but in feel as well, and, as a result, just happened to be well-suited for the rigorous demands of the newest dance craze.

Soon after, breakdancers from the professionals to the school playground variety were donning these noisy slacks with zippers running down the sides of the legs, as well as at the ankles, and anywhere else a zipper might fit into the mix. In all their zippered glory, kids could throw caution to the wind and spin with reckless abandon, knowing that their nylon parachute pants were ready to take the abuse – all while looking great at the same time.

Were you a proud wearer of parachute pants back in the day? Still have a pair or two hanging in your closet? We’d love to hear all of your memories of these decidedly noisy 80s pants in our comments section below.

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  1. kapatsos says:

    God I miss the 80’s! I had 4 or 5 pairs of these

  2. Scott Taylor says:

    You can still get Parachute Pants at

  3. Ryan says:

    You’d hear people coming a mile away in these, lol. Later generations think parachute pants are the MC Hammer pants…they don’t know, they’ll never know.

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