I have always ridden in jeans, corduroys (remember those?), or whatever pants were available. For the first time, I finally treated myself to a pair of used breeches. My thought was that if I'm going to continue going out on 4+ hour rides, I want to be comfortable in my saddle.
Well, it worked, like I thought. But here's the bonus: breeches are better even when riding bareback! I never knew! How awesome is that! I went for a very short ride today; was too lazy to put on the saddle and I just loved having my breeches. Yay! Happy Dance.
(wow... I guess I need to get out more... this shouldn't make me so happy.)