Pants are often under appreciated in today’s society. Sure, there have been books and movies (think Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) that have a script revolving around pants. However, who ever would of thought that a person would chose to write an entire article on the topic of how to correctly put on a pair of pants? I like to think that the more appropriate question is why there are not more people as passionate about pants as I am. Putting on a pair of pants may seem like a simple, everyday task. But have you ever stopped to think about how much of a complex process it truly is? To most people the task feels as common and natural as breathing, but have you realized how many steps you complete in the ten seconds it takes to successfully put on your britches?
The materials needed to put on a pair of pants are fairly basic. All you really need is your body, and a pair of pants. However, optional materials such as an iron, a lint roller, and a belt can come in handy.
The first logical step to the process is, of course, to choose which pair you would like to wear. This can be more complicated than one may believe. There is a vast array of options when it comes to pants. The choices are virtually endless. You have your dress slacks, denim jeans, jogging pants, khakis, corduroys, and the list goes on and on. I suggest narrowing it down first by determining if you need to wear dressy or casual attire. You will also need to make sure you take into consideration things such as what the predicted weather is for the day, where you will be venturing throughout the day, and what color shirt and accessories that will be accompanying your pants.
Once you have successfully chosen a pair of pants to fit your needs and desires for the day, you will need to get them ready to be worn. Remove the desired pants from their hanger, dresser drawer, or wherever they are currently stored. I personally suggest storing pants conveniently in a closet on a plastic hanger, because wire hangers will often leave a wrinkle line.
Next, you will need to unfold the pants. This can easily be done by holding them a few inches in front of you, and using one hand to hold the pants in place, and your other hand to separate the legs and unfold them completely. Your pants may or may not be wrinkly at this point. If you would like to use an iron to get rid of any wrinkles, you would need to do this now. I prefer an easier method to removing wrinkles. Simply hold the pants by their waist at a parallel angle to the floor, and give them five or six moderately hard shakes. You may also want to use a lint roller at this time to remove any extra debris that may have made a home on your precious pants.
Now it is time for the exciting part; actually putting on your pants! I must warn you, that it is important to remove the pants or shorts you are already wearing before proceeding any further. Then it must be decided which leg you would like to insert first, with the decision being based solely on your personal preference. Hold your pants from their waist, in front of you, positioned fairly low to the floor. Make sure that the button or zipper of the pants is on the side opposite to your face, so that you will not end up putting them on backwards. Lift your leg up to the pants and insert it into the matching hole. You may need to angle your foot slightly towards the floor and curl your toes together to keep them from getting stuck on their way down the pant leg. Once you have gotten one foot and leg through, repeat this step with your other leg.
In continuation, you will need to position your pants exactly the way you want to on your body. Bend down and grab each side of your pants by the waist. Pull them up as far as you feel comfortable with. Some people enjoy wearing their pants “Granny Style” by pulling their pants up past their belly buttons. Others like to leave their pants at their knees, exposing their under garments. I tend to wear mine at my natural waistline, but feel free to wear yours wherever you feel is best.
The final step is optional. You may want to pick out a belt to go with your pants if they contain belt loops. A belt is simple to put on. All you need to do, is slide the belt through the first loop and continue putting it through every loop all the way around. Make sure you do not skip any loops. Afterward, slide the end of the belt through the belt buckle. Push the pin of the buckle into the hole it fits best in. There will most likely be a final loop beside the buckle to hold the access belt.
Congratulations! You have now successfully put on a pair of pants. Now you are free to finish getting dressed and go about your business. Once your day is over, you can remove your pants by reversing all of the steps listed above.
As proven above, putting on pants is more complex then it may sound. I have always felt that more people should pay attention to the process itself and give it the appreciation that it deserves. Maybe one day pants will get the respect that is owed to them!