According to wikipedia, capri pants (also known as three quarter legs, capris, crop pants, man-pris, clam-diggers, flood pants, jams, highwaters, or toreador pants) are pants that are longer than shorts but are not as long as trousers. Capri pants can be a generic term for any cropped slim pants, and also used as a specific term to refer to pants that end on the ankle bone.
Capri pants were introduced by fashion designer Sonja de Lennart in 1948, and were popularised by her and English couturier Bunny Roger. The name of the pants is derived from the Italian isle of Capri, where they rose to popularity in the late 1950s and early '60s. The actress Audrey Hepburn was among the first movie stars who wore Capris, and the pants quickly became synonymous with her classic style.
Capri pants has since become a style staple for icons like Grace Kelly to Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monore, but nobody is like Audrey Hepburn, that is more associated to capri pants. She is so iconically connected to this outfit that the capri pants could be renamed as Audrey pants.
When she was a teenager, Audrey Hepburn's dream had been becoming a professional dancer, but she was told she was too tall to dance as a prima ballerina, her heart was broken, but her fans are blessed.
A pair of shorts is one of Audrey's wardrobe staples in the summer, sometimes solid, sometimes patterned, mostly high-waisted. She pairs them with wrapped shirts or jersey tops, keeping herself cool and stylish in the long hot days that linger on.
The sight of Audrey Hepburn in a pair of shorts, is the sight of innocence, youth, joy, and freedom, with a dose of melancholy when we look at her well-proportioned, well-trained dancer's legs: What if her ballet teacher in London did not give her that sentence? Would she be less known to us, but happier to herself?
Audrey Hepburn has worn a lot of white shirts in her life. Other than the white shirts she made iconic in films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's, she loved white shirt and white blouses in her own life.
The style she preferred was always simple with regular shirt collar or peter-pan collar in different variations, loose fit or slim fit, with occasional pin-tucks. But what she made her white shirt looks so unique and so uniquely Hepburn are the way how she wore the white shirt: She would wrap the tails of shirt around her slim waist making it look like a wrap top, or tie a knot with them; she would raise up her collar to make a simple white shirt look noble, and her already long neck look even longer; she would use bracelets as a cuff links to make the shirt look ceremonial. But no matter what she did with the white shirt, and no matter what kind of shirt she wore, Audrey Hepburn never never over expose herself, she always buttoned up at the right place.
No. 1: In film Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961
No.2: In film Roman Holiday, 1953
No. 3: Photoshoot for Life Magazine while Audrey Hepburn filmed Sabrina, by Mark Shaw, 1954