The World's Oldest Pants Are Actually Pretty Cool

By Max Berlinger

Some things have been around for soooo long that we just take them for granted at this point. Take, for example, pants. Until today, I never thought about the genesis of the garment, I'd assumed they'd always just kind of been there. Well, thanks to the discovery of some really, really old dead guys, we now have a clearer picture about the creation of those two-legged contraptions that are so important to all of us.

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Science News is reporting on two bodies dating back about 3,000 years were excavated in western China that were wearing the trousers pictured above. According to the article, they are have a straight fit, a wide crotch (as they were used for horseback riding), and were sewn together from three pieces (one for each leg joined by the center section). Three things to take away here: First, before guys started hopping on horses, most guys just wore gowns, robes, or tunics, which sounds ever-so-freeing in these pant-centric days. Second, it's pretty amazing how well those guys have stood up to the test of time. Third, those pants are kinda rad, no? As they say, everything old is new again. Hoping that Michael Bastian makes a pair for spring/summer 2014. Fingers crossed.

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