Why do people in Western countries cover each of their legs with cloth?

Instead of sensibly wearing one cloth to cover both legs, people in Western countries wear something that they call "pants" or "trousers."

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  • rodcom
    Lv 6
    1 month ago
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    For one thing, western cultures developed riding horseback making a dress less practical.  Some areas, such as Scotland, the terrain is too rugged for most to have horses for anything but beasts of burden, not for travelling, so a quilt worked perfectly fine since it is easier to just drape cloth around you than sew form fitting clothes.  And finally, trousers offer better protection from the cold, as well as offer greater range of movement. Northern climates, not just in Europe, but natives in North America found better protection from the cold weather with individual leg covering.

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    This originated as a more practical way to ride horses. This was a necessary form of transportation in the early days of most western societies. 

  • 1 month ago

    How about actually feeling dressed properly or you know generally feeling comfortable all day every day.

  • 1 month ago

    Custom.  Also, it can get extremely cold, certainly where I live.  You need complete covering, often in 2, or 3 layers on your entire body just to live.

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