Reenactors sometimes wear gaitered-trousers very loosely around the ankles. The left and centre illustrations are based on period sources (such as a drawing of a Queen's Rangers rifleman by Captain Murray of the same unit). Unlike today's trousers, the fit is meant to be very tight. Around the ankles, the fabric should look practically sprayed on.
On the right above is a depiction of trousers with spatterdashers (half-gaiters) worn underneath. Once again, the fit is relatively tight to the leg.
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