Oh hey everybody as of September 22nd Fall
has officially arrived which means we are in the season of pants. Guys if you ever wondered
why you wear those baggy leg-coverings called pants, or trousers, probably not. But I’m
going to tell you. How could the history of pants not be fascinating? So the reason why men wear pants is because
of horses. Before men started wearing pants they were wearing skirts all the time. Skirts
are the second oldest piece of clothing that humans are known to have worn predated only
by the loincloth. But with the rise of mounted cavalry, specifically men fighting other men
on horseback, skirts fell by the wayside and pants became the recommended clothing that
you had to wear if you were going to be a mounted warrior. And you see instances of
the militaristic rise of pants in histories around the world. In Japan, the traditional
dress would have been a kimono but samurais would wear baggy pants so they could hop up
on horseback and fight the enemy. In Europe during the 8th century after the fall of the
Roman Empire, everybody was fighting everybody else on horseback and so you have people like
knights wearing pants because you can’t ride around and fight someone while wearing a skirt.
It really didn’t work too well. Thanks to pants, I can now ride my horse with ease.
Lot easier than side saddle. And even in North American Plains Indians wore kilts until the
Europeans reintroduced horses and they’re like oh wait yeah. And eventually because
these military men were of higher status, pants became associated with higher status
men and thus the style trickled down to all of the manly masses to the point that in 1701
Peter the Great in Russia actually issued a decree saying hey dudes you all have to
start wearing pants because we kind of need to make Russia hip with it, so you got to
get rid of your baggy whats-nots that you’ve been wearing and start wearing pants. Fun
fact the word pants comes from the 4th century Roman Saint Pantaleon. I told you it was fascinating.
The history of the skirt is also fascinating and if you would like to know why women wear
skirts let me know in the comments and I’ll make that video too. Happy Fall y’all.