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Rare Sighting: Taylor Swift Performed In Pants On ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

Seeing Taylor Swift in pants is like spotting the Loch Ness Monster: almost impossible. Catching her perform in pants is even harder—like seeing the Loch Ness Monster drinking tea, or something. Last night, for her performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, though, the almost unthinkable happened: Tay performed in black pants.

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Considering her summer-long affair with coordinate sets, it makes sense that her reintroduction to pants came with a matching bustier. We were so taken aback by seeing Taylor with covered legs that we gasped—initially—and then wondered how long it had been since she last performed in pants.

Well, it turns out, at least according to photographic research, that it's been over a year.

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The last time Taylor wore pants on stage—that we can find proof of, at least—was during the Red tour in May of 2013. That was another era, people! She still had long hair! We didn't know what "Shake It Off" was yet. For the rest of the tour, she favored shorts which makes sense cause, y'know, summer.

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Prior to that, pants were the preferred performance wear for wintertime outside performances which, honestly, seem miserable no matter what you're wearing. No amount of leather can make singing in Times Square on New Year's Eve a good time. Sorry.

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Sometimes she wore them indoors, but only if the entire look was wintry, complete with a felt hat.

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Taylor kicked off her "Red" era performance steez with an outdoor performance on Good Morning America in plaid pants—little did we know how infrequently pants would be making an appearance.

Well, Taylor is performing on Good Morning America next Thursday, and while, yeah, we're wondering what songs off 1989 she'll perform, we're more curious about her legwear situation. Will pants grace the GMA stage yet again? Is this the start of a pants-centric style era for TS? We'll find out soon!