“Pants on the Ground”


A trend which has surprisingly endured in the past few years is that of sagging jeans or trousers – low riders revealing significant exposure of a fellow’s underwear. This baggy trend appeals mostly to younger men and tends to draw much attention, not all positive.  Historically fashion has often found itself crossing into the realm of social commentary – think flapper dresses and mini skirts to the more recent Burberry ball caps among  UK gang members … It is said that the low-riding trend among men “is believed to have its roots in this country’s prison system where inmates are issued uniforms which are often too big and the wearing of belts is prohibited due to safety concerns.”  Recently, a young man sporting this trend in the Bronx burrough of New York City was summoned to court by a police officer on a charge of “disorderly conduct” – the “conduct” being his potentially revealing costume. The judge in the case declared:  “While most of us may consider it distasteful, and indeed foolish, to wear one’s pants so low as to expose the underwear . . . people can dress as they please, wear anything, so long as they do not offend public order and decency.” He deemed there was insufficient evidence that a significant enough number of people were offended by this man’s pants as to warrant the charge.

Read more about this particular case at: The New York Post 

How low do you think fashions should go?


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