Don’t Make ’em Like They Used to: 3000 Year Old Pants

pantsDon’t ya hate pants? Until about 3000 years ago hating pants wasn’t even a thing because everyone wore skirts and robes. These trousers are the oldest pair ever discovered. They date back to about 1000 BC and were thought to be designed to make riding a horse more comfortable.

Hipsters wanting the ultimate retro look, take note: two pairs of trousers from China may be the earliest yet found. Their straight legs and wide crotches suggest that the invention of trousers was linked to the rise of horse riding.

Wagner made a reproduction pair and realised that the wide crotch piece hangs down in folds, similar to drop-crotch pants, as worn by teen pop sensation Justin Bieber.

I wonder if sizing had any consistency back in the day? It sure doesn’t now. I bought a pair of “self-loathing” brand pants yesterday that were fully 2 sizes larger than the pair I have been wearing. The old ones still fit so I’m sure I didn’t get that much fatter but you wouldn’t guess that by the outrageous size I had to pay for.


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  2. whole of the UK but of course most of our work is in London .

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