|Publication number||US20040163159 A1|
|Application number||US 10/623,770|
|Publication date||Aug 26, 2004|
|Filing date||Jul 22, 2003|
|Priority date||Jul 22, 2002|
|Publication number||10623770, 623770, US 2004/0163159 A1, US 2004/163159 A1, US 20040163159 A1, US 20040163159A1, US 2004163159 A1, US 2004163159A1, US-A1-20040163159, US-A1-2004163159, US2004/0163159A1, US2004/163159A1, US20040163159 A1, US20040163159A1, US2004163159 A1, US2004163159A1|
|Inventors||Joseph Edwards, James Battle, Patricia Clancy, Dawn Eisenhauer|
|Original Assignee||Edwards Joseph S., Battle James H., Patricia Clancy, Eisenhauer Dawn K.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (55), Referenced by (28), Classifications (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
 This invention claims priority to provisional application serial No. 60/397,021, entitled Apparel Accessory For Trousers and filed on Jul. 22, 2002.
 1. Field of the Invention
 The present invention relates to apparel and more particularly to an accessory for trousers worn low on the hips.
 2. Description of the Prior Art
 A recent trend in apparel is that of wearing trousers, such as so called short trousers, low on the hips. Wearing sagging trousers in this manner exposes the midriff, if bare, which may or may not be objectionable, may expose underwear, which is usually deemed objectionable, and threatens to lose engagement of the trousers with the hips, which is usually objectionable. Selecting trouser sizes more appropriate for accommodating this trend does not satisfy the above noted objections. Tightening a belt worn on the sagging trousers entails objections of its own, and therefore also does not answer the objections. There is a need in the prior art to satisfy the above noted objections.
 The present invention provides an accessory for use with sagging trousers worn low on the hips. This accessory satisfies the previously noted concerns and provides additional benefits. The accessory comprises a piece of fabric or other flexible material which attaches to sagging trousers and extends above. The accessory has its own apparatus for constricting about the waist, to take the place of a belt conventionally worn at the waistband of trousers.
 Accordingly, it is one object of the invention to provide an accessory for sagging trousers worn low on the hips which accessory prevents the trousers from disengaging from the wearer.
 It is another object of the invention to provide an accessory which conceals underwear and the exposed midriff of a wearer of sagging trousers.
 It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof in an apparatus for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.
 These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.
 Various other objects, features, and attendant advantages of the present invention will become more fully appreciated as the same becomes better understood when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference characters designate the same or similar parts throughout the several views, and wherein:
FIG. 1 is an environmental, front elevational view of one embodiment of the invention, showing the novel accessory and trousers as they would be worn together.
FIG. 2 is a front perspective view of the upper portion of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a front perspective view of another embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 4 is a front perspective view of still another embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 5 is a front perspective view of a further embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 6 is a front perspective view of yet another embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 7 is a front perspective view of another embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 8 is a front perspective view of still a further embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 9 is a front perspective view of another embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 1 of the drawings shows an article of apparel in the form of an accessory 10 which is worn in conjunction with trousers 2 worn low on the hips. Accessory 10 provides an extension extending above trousers 2 so as to cover and conceal the midriff of the wearer, which would be revealed in the absence of accessory 10. Accessory 10 provides the further function of retaining trousers 2 on the hips of the wearer by engaging trousers 2.
 Accessory 10 comprises a panel 12 of flexible material such as a fabric which is configured to encircle the waist of a person wearing trousers 2 low on the hips. Panel 12 has an upper edge 14 and a lower edge which is concealed beneath trousers 2 in the depiction of FIG. 1. A constricting element for retaining accessory 10 on the body, such as elastic waistband 16, is located near upper edge 14. An attachment element is located at the lower edge of panel 12, and is not seen in FIG. 1.
FIG. 2 shows accessory 10 isolated from trousers 2 and from the wearer. Panel 12 has one member 18 of hook and loop fastener or attachment material located at lower edge 20. Hook and loop member 18 provides an attachment element which is disposed to engage trousers 2 so as to prevent disengagement of trousers 2 from the hips. This is accomplished by providing complementing hook and loop material (not shown) inside trousers 2, if the constituent material of trousers 2 is insufficiently nappy to engage member 18 unassisted. It should be noted that member 18 may be located on either the outer surface or the inner surface of panel 12. In these two embodiments, accessory 10 will selectively engage either trousers 2 or underwear (not shown).
FIG. 3 shows an alternative embodiment of the invention wherein hook and loop member 18 of FIG. 2 is replaced in accessory 110 by a series of belt loops 122 located along and near lower edge 120 of panel 112. In other respects, accessory 110 is equivalent to the embodiment of FIG. 2, having a panel 112 of flexible material and an elastic waistband 116. Loops 122 are disposed to receive a belt (not shown) used with trousers worn low on the hips so as to releasably attach the trousers to panel 112 of accessory 110, and to prevent disengagement of the trousers from the hips.
 Referring now to FIG. 4, there is shown an embodiment of the invention wherein accessory 210 is generally similar to its predecessors, but differs in that the attachment element comprises a drawstring 211 located along and near lower edge 220 of panel 212. Drawstring 211 may be constricted over trousers worn low on the hips so as to prevent disengagement of the trousers from the hips.
 The nature of the constituent material of any of the embodiments of the invention may be varied. In the embodiment of FIG. 5, panel 312 of an accessory 310 which is in other ways comparable to the prior embodiments is fabricated from a resiliently elastic material. This is indicated in the view of FIG. 5 by vertical elongation of panel 312.
 In a further variation, as shown in FIG. 6, accessory 410 has a panel 412 of flexible material which is arranged to bulge outwardly between the upper edge 414 thereof and the lower edge 420 thereof when accessory 410 is worn.
 Another variation is shown in FIG. 7, wherein the constituent material of panel 512 of accessory 510 has pleats 513. In other respects, accessory 510 is comparable to any of the prior embodiments.
FIG. 8 illustrates an embodiment of the invention wherein accessory 610 is adorned with lace 611 at the upper edge 614.
 As seen in FIG. 9, an accessory 710 has a constituent flexible panel 712 of flexible material, a proximal end 715, a distal end 717, and a slide fastener 719 disposed to releasably join proximal end 715 to distal end 717. It will be understood that ends 715 and 717 may either entirely separate from one another or alternatively define a slit therebetween, with slide fastener 719 functioning as a closure so that the slit is selectively opened and closed. In the embodiment incorporating the slit, proximal end 715 is joined to distal end 717 above and below the slit either by stitching 721, as depicted, or alternatively in some other way such as by forming panel 712 as an annulus.
 The invention may be regarded either as the accessory of any of the described embodiments, or alternatively as a matched set of an accessory of any of the described embodiments in combination with trousers. As employed herein, a matched set signifies that the components are similar in a significant characteristic such as appearance, constitutent material, size, or compatibility in attachment.
 It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the embodiments described above, but encompasses any and all embodiments within the scope of the following claims.
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|International Classification||A41F3/02, A41F9/02|
|Cooperative Classification||A41D1/062, A41F9/02|
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