I’m currently living in a house with two roommates. We’re all friends from high school and it’s been a blast and a real learning experience for me, as it was my first time living away from my parents. Now the plan for me is that by the spring, I’ll be in my own apartment with my girlfriend of nine years (this Saturday!) and I am so excited for this.
There is however something small that I’m also looking forward to when I move into my own apartment. It doesn’t seem like much, but to me this one little thing is something I’ve been kind of eager to be able to do.
What is that one thing, you may ask? Being able to walk around my home without pants on.
It’s not something I’ve really put too much thought into however until the past couple years. Since moving out, not having parents to judge every single purchase I make, I was able to try a lot of new things without anyone questioning me. Relating to the topic though, it was really my re-discovery of briefs and how fucking comfortable they are, that really kickstarted this innate desire to kick the habit of wearing pants…literally…like kicking my pants off the second I walk in the door.
I think it also helps with me being a lot more comfortable with myself as well. Certainly in the past three years of living on my own, having the opportunity to wear clothes I never would’ve worn before, getting my hair done differently than I have before, little things like that, they’ve opened the door for me to actually care a little more about how I look and actually take a legitimate interest in how I look.
But enough about me (for now), let’s actually sit down and talk about the actual act of not wearing pants, why people do it, why people don’t do it.
Generally speaking, the majority of people who do walk around in their own homes with no pants on, no shirt on, hell maybe no clothes on at all, they don’t exactly advertise it. So it’s really difficult to get an idea of how many people choose to go without pants in the comfort of their own home. But I think it’s fair to say the percentage is low, like I think the maximum is 10% and even then I think I’m being generous. Though I think there’s a difference in the numbers if you ask “Do you walk around your house with no pants on?” and then follow it up with “If you could walk around your house with no pants on, would you?”.
We have to keep in mind that the majority of people don’t live alone, or don’t just live with a significant other who would be more than happy to see their man or woman sans pants. When we’re curious as teenagers in high school, we’re living at home with our parents, not the kind of people who’d be okay with you walking around in your boxers. In college, a lot of us our living with a roommate or several and unless you get some really casual roommates, someone’ll give you a weird look if you’re walking around in your panties. And then fast forward to when we’re all older and have kids, even if they’re too young to really understand anything, I imagine the vast majority of parents feeling like it’s also their responsibility to keep up a great image for their kids and being no pants casual doesn’t fit that role.
So realistically that leaves the majority of your regular, average folks somewhere in your 20s, depending on your college/university life and how soon you want to start a family. That’s the average person’s timeline for no pants. Obviously there are exceptions to the rule, some people choose to have children, so that’s one factor scratched off the list. Some live alone, that really scratches a lot of options off the list. There’s the odd case where your roommates (and if things get really crazy, your parents…but I don’t know how I’d feel about that…) are comfortable with whatever, so there’s another scratch off the list. But otherwise, unless you have zero fucks to give and you choose to do it in spite of whatever’s around you, your time to enjoy the most comfortable setup at home is limited.
Now I’ve had one opportunity to actually enjoy the freedom of living without the shackles of pants. There was a weekend where my roommates were gone, so I jumped at the chance. There are hours here and there that I could consistently use, but I’m not a gambler so unless there’s a guarantee, I ain’t trying shit! But being able to actually do this once, I’ve got to tell you…it’s so (as Kou from New Game! says) liberating to just walk around the house, cook food, play video games and do all the things I normally do, just without pants on.
A big part of it really, at least to me, is just the fact that wearing pants, shorts, whatever you wear over top of your underwear, depending on how long your pants are, how tight they are, how thick the fabric is, whatever you’re wearing, it gets in the way, to varying degrees. You’re just not as mobile in baggy pants, jeans, cargo shorts, etc. It’s why yoga pants are so form-fitting, if they were baggy, you’d have a harder time moving around, especially in some of the insane poses you do in yoga. So by not wearing pants, you’re completely cutting out that possibility. Especially the average girl, where there’s not even a little bit of leg being covered, unless you’re wearing boyshorts.
I had two days and I ended up doing one day in briefs, one day in boxer-briefs, only those two because I can’t stand boxers, I find them too long and too loose. I definitely found myself enjoying briefs more because it was less fabric clinging to me, though there might just be a little bias there because I’m currently on a roll with briefs since I started to wear them again. But yeah, that’s generally how I feel about the advantages of no pants. It’s more comfortable, cause there’s less clinging to you and it’s certainly liberating. There’s something just really cool to me about being able to spend time without wearing an article of clothing that unless you’re at a beach, pool or a changeroom, you’d get a weird look from the general public.
On the other hand, of course there are reasons why people would choose not to when they have the opportunity to do so. As I’ve said in previous articles about how we as a general public treat underwear, most of us view the article of clothing as something private, something only yourself and your significant other should see you in. Now yes, if you’re in the privacy of your own home, that should be the case, but there’s other things that people take into mind. Maybe they’ll pass by a window and someone will see, maybe a family member or friend will suddenly open your front door without knocking (because there are people who will do that) and catch you in a moment of liberating freedom. There’s always a chance someone could see, but the likelihood is extremely low.
I think honestly the biggest reason is simply that people are just too uncomfortable with the idea of ever not wearing pants or shorts. It’s so ingrained into our heads from our earliest memories that the only time you should ever just be in your underwear is when you’re in bed, covered by a blanket. There might be moments where it’s okay for people to see you in your underwear, like when you’re changing in a changeroom, but generally speaking the only place you’re taught is 100% okay to have no pants on is in your bed.
It’s such a small thing, but to me, I cannot wait for the chance to get home from a long ass day at work and just kick off my pants and chill on the couch in a t-shirt and whatever underwear I decide to wear at that moment. It’s wonderfully comfortable, it’s so liberating and honestly, I just love the idea of not giving a fuck. Sometimes that’s all it takes.