18th Century Men’s Breeches

A description in the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (1754):

Breeches, the part of our clothing that covers the thighs. They are very difficult to cut correctly, because nowadays, to be well made, we consider that they need to cling to the thighs. The belt is attached behind and buttoned in front. Breeches start at the waist and go down as far as the knees, on the sides of which they are buttoned and tightened by a buckle and a garter. They also have an opening with buttons at the front, below the belt; this opening is called the fly, and has been put there so we can satisfy one of our natural needs without removing our clothes.

See also suits.

Fly-front breeches

Fall-front breeches

Breeches made of machine-knit silk

I wonder if this is the same sort of thing as the “One pair new black Stockins Britches” in John Harrower’s “Inventory of the Cloaths &c I brought to Belvidera with me”?

Breeches buckles (knee buckles)