Pants, Skirts, and Coats
Among the Turkish elderly, both men and women choose to wear traditional baggy trousers. Turkish-style trousers are especially popular in hot countries because they are designed to beat the heat. Traditionally, the pants are ankle length, with buttons or elastic gathering the many loose folds of fabric. The same method of fastening is used at the waist. The crotch of the trousers is also very loose, coming down to the knees. This loose cut prevents chafing of sweaty skin, rashes and other irritations and is, therefore, well adapted to the heat. More modern trousers are essentially the same cut, but they tend to be calf length.
As for skirts, modern Turkish women prefer them long and swishy for much the same reason as people like baggy trousers. The motion of walking creates a kind of self-contained air conditioning system, with air always in motion under the skirt. This contributes to comfort and coolness.
The skirts are combined with tight-fitting tops, T-shirts, or long-sleeved blouses --- often glittering with sparkly appliqué, crystals and sequins. Sparkle is not restricted to evening wear, but can be seen all day long. On colder days, a long overcoat known as a pardosu is worn on top of this ensemble. The denim pardosu is a favorite with younger women.
Traditional Turkish clothing is definitely still "in style," but modern women and culture continue to adapt old fashions and traditions to suit the times.