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A braccae is the Latin term for trousers, and in this context is today used to refer to a style of pants, made from wool. Braccae were typically made with a drawstring, and tended to reach from just above the knee at the shortest, to the ankles at the longest, with length generally adapted to the climate. Historically it is said that the Romans encountered this style of clothing among the Gauls. When the Romans first encountered the braccae, they thought them to be effeminate (Roman men typically wore tunics, which were one-piece outfits terminating at or above the knee). However, braccae eventually became popular among Roman legionaries stationed in cooler climates to the north of southern Italy.