"Behind those statues were mirrored doors that led to the various parts of the building. The Council Cabinet's was opposite the entrance archway, and this was where Brentford was introduced by one of the gigantic Varangian guards of the Council of Seven's Security Company, who wore the usual uniform of figure-eight ruff, black doublet and black and white striped pluderhosen and held a halberd in his enormous hand."
Wikipedia says: "Pluderhosen, a Northern European form of pansied slops with a very full inner layer pulled out between the panes and hanging below the knee" - and further says that pansied slopes are "round hose characterized by the addition of a layer of panes, or strips of fabric running from the waistband to the leg band. These are commonly referred to as "pumpkin" pants." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluderhosen)