During the colonial period in India, especially men began incorporating some elements of Western style clothing in their dress. The wealthy Parsis were among the first to adopt Western style clothing. Baggy trousers and the phenta (hat) were added to long collarless coats with boots and a walking stick. Western style clothing was accepted by groups of dalit converts to Christianity. They found it as-a means of liberation and self-respect. Here too, it was men rather than women who accepted the new dress styles.