In Star Wars, Clone Troopers and their Jedi commanders wear "kama", or battle-skirts. In the lore, these are ostensibly to shield the waist and legs, not just from blaster fire, but also jet-pack fire.
After doing some googling, it wasn't clear to me if the kama are original to Star Wars, or if they are based on something in the real-world.
Japanese samurai armor include haidate, or thigh guards, but these don't fully cover the waist and upper legs. Considering how Darth Vader's armor was largely influenced by samurai armor, I wonder, were these the inspiration for kama?