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Fashion - Losing my Trousers

Updated on August 30, 2010

Sagging Trousers

Have you noticed the fashion trend which has been around for a very long time now? It is for guys, especially young guys to wear trousers nearly below their bottoms – in most cases exposing their boxer shorts.

I have no problems with this. Its fashion after all. However, I worry that one day someone is going to lose their trousers, or they’d reach to pull them up, only to find them round their ankles.

Anyway, my curiosity got the better of me and I did a little research on it. So, if you are interested, here are some facts:

  • The practice is called “Sagging”.
  • The guys who dress like this think its “Cool”.
  • The practice of wearing Sagging Trousers is thought to have begun in US Prisons. Inmates were issued with ill-fitting clothes and denied belts due to fears over use as weapons or suicide aids.
  • It is an offence in some places in America. President Obama has even urged American youth to hike up their waist bands. (see article link below) I say, "can they do it?" Yes, they can!
  • Laws have also been passed in America about this. The punishment could range from a fine to a Jail Sentence. People actually get arrested for it. (Its seen as exposure of underwear). There are no laws in the UK yet.

I personally think it’s a bit OTT (over the top) putting someone in Jail for it. Lets flip the coin - How about if we were to look at some ladies/teens. You have cleavages, visible thongs at the back of Jeans etc, the list goes on and my oh my, the things we wear in the summer, but lets not go there today……

It’s a free world but Don’t lose those trousers.

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  • Support Med. profile image

    Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

    Sometimes excess consequences are necessary for certain persons to learn how to be conscious of and respect themselves as well as their fellow citizens. Voted-up/rated.

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Lol. Thanks Deborrah.

    It's still very common in London. All the young teens (boys) to early twenties wear their trousers way below their bums - sometimes I'm really tempted to pull it up, if I'm in a train and they are just a few meteres away. lol.

    That's fashion for you. Thanks for stopping. :)

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    DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

    Lady E, This is quite interesting! I had just begun to wonder that just maybe they were so used to have gotten their pants pulled down to get their bottom spanked as children... They were rebelling and letting them sag! LOL a little humor is good sometime!

    Actually I think that it is a plea for much needed attention...

    Thank you for sharing, Much love & Blessings!

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Hi Nustylze

    Not pointing fingers.

    Interesting comments and no tight fitting trousers please. lol. It's actually gotten worse in London, guys wear their trousers beneath their bum. I'm just looking out for them, I mean would they attend an interview dressed like that?

    Nice to read from you.

    Best Wishes. :)

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    Nustylze 8 years ago

    I do have a question. Why is so much focus placed on larger pants that expose nothing? But to flip the coin no focus has ever been put on tight fitting trousers that seem to show every bump and crevice on males. Is this no as big a problem in society does this fashion look cleaner. Is this the alternative message we want to send to youths. If this subject is going to be talked about it should be done in a way that comments on other bad fashion practices outside of the urban culture. It's really starting to look like people are just pointing the finger.

    -sorry just my opinion

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    wordscribe41 8 years ago

    Never knew it had a name. Thanks for the informative hub. It doesn't bother me in the least. It's like any other fashion that comes and goes. I can think of plenty of 80's fashions I sported that were quite offensive.

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    rosariomontenegro 8 years ago from NEW YORK

    You all are really kind, you talk of seeing underwear. How many times I've seen the actual derrière of guys and girls ... I remember a big guy I saw in Port Authority (my city central bus station), with his full derrière en vue, and a girl having lunch at one of the Metropolitan Museum cafeterias, ditto. These people didn't seem to be aware of their own bodies. Esthetic it aint, but to get them arrested?

    There is though another interesting characteristic pertaining to this fashion: not only guys are forced to the "extra wide gait" mentioned by Happyher, they have to pay constant attention not to trip on their own pants, and surely they have to buy a new one quite often since they sweep the streets with them. What I like above all is the accordeon legs that they boast...

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    Tracy Morrow 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

    If the guys had any idea how unattractive they looked, especially when they have to walk with an extra wide gait to keep their pants up - they would get better fitting pants or wear a belt. Women do not want to see a guy that looks like his legs are half the length they really are and come on what's wrong with letting us see if you have a butt or not?

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    Make Money 8 years ago from Ontario

    A crime against fashion?  For sure.  Should someone be jailed for it?  Not at all.


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    Jmell 8 years ago

    I personally am tired of seeing people's underwear - male or female! And if they want to call it "fashion"....that's crazy. In some of those convicted cases.....could the identity have been gang related? like in the 70's with the wearing of 'colors'? hmmmmm

    either way - I say GOOD RIDENCE

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    Pete Maida 8 years ago

    This is another issue that wastes people's time. Nothing is being exposed. The boxer shorts are bigger than most bathing suits. Who cares?