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Saggy Pants Ban in America, Now, Can They?

Updated on June 20, 2012

Origin of Saggy Pants

Wearing Saggy Pants as a fashion statement is believed to be originated from the prison system of United States where belts are prohibited. Prisoners are not allowed to wear belts to stop them using as weapons and prevent suicides. The saggy pants came into vogue in the 1990s when some American hip-hop stars started wearing them and it caught on fast among the youth. I have seen quite a few young people wearing these sagging pants in Singapore as well as in India. Although I do not really appreciate this fashion trend, I understand that it has become a symbol of their rejection of mainstream society values, and a symbol of freedom among many youths of today.

“Pull Your Pants Up" Say No To Saggy Pants
“Pull Your Pants Up" Say No To Saggy Pants | Source

Saggy Pants Ban

This fashion style has run into some rough weather in the US with the town of Albany in Georgia imposing a ban on saggy pants, as early as in November 2010. Young people in violation of the saggy pants ban will be fined $25 for the first time and repeated offenses will increase the fine to $200. It is reported that the town has netted around $4,000 so far from these fines. The Saggy Pants Law bans anyone from exposing the skin or undergarments by wearing skirts or pants more than 3 inches below the top of the hips. If they can not pay the fines, 40 hours of community service is in order.

A lot of people happened to think that wearing saggy pants is nothing short of 'indecent exposure'. Perhaps, they are only ok with their superheroes wearing underpants outside. :)

Ban on sagging pants

History of Aversion Towards Saggy Pants in America

Earlier, many local governments, transport services, and even airlines showed their aversion towards saggy pants by implementing bans and prohibitions against wearing them. But no state or federal laws have been passed to that effect. Saggy pants are a violation of some school dress codes.

A Florida state law which went into effect for the 2011-2012 school year banned the practice of sagging while at school. It is also also reported that several US airlines have removed passengers from their flights for wearing pants too low.

Town Council of Delcambre, Louisiana, passed an indecent exposure law in June 2007, which prohibited wearing pants that exposes one's underwear. City Council of Hahira in Georgia, banned citizens from wearing pants below waist that bared skin or undergarments in March 2008.

Opa-Locka, Florida passed a $250 fine or 10 hours of community service for individuals who wears saggy cloths, in December 2010. Local transportation authority in Fort Worth in Texas prohibited passengers from boarding a bus wearing sagging pants that exposed their skin or underwear from June 2011 onwards.

Sagging Pants: Trend or Trouble?

The Future of Saggy Clothings

Now with more and more people asking for bans on wearing sagging pants, what is the future of this fashion style? Will they be phased out from the showcases of clothing stores? Will the youth revolt against the bans? Or will these bans result in an increased sales of this clothing line?, I think only time can reveal the answers to these questions. It is not the first time a fashion clothing style or accessories came under prohibition. In our modern times, miniskirts, crocs (a type of footwear), antiwar T-shirts, Burqas (an Islamic wear), 'Obamao' T-shirts, neckties etc., were banned in various parts of the world citing different reasons. How successful were they? If you look back in history you can see many such bans forced upon the general public and the end results. So, lets wait and watch what will happen to the Saggy Pants Bans in America.

What Do You Think?

Do You Think Saggy Pants Should be Banned All Over the World?

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      Denise Lu 4 years ago

      Wearing sagging, revealing low slung pants disgusts me because it constitutes indecent exposure. Why should the public have to look at these inappropriate dress codes? I think there should be laws addressing proper dress codes. If these laws are violated then fines or jail time should be enforced. I also think these laws should apply to women who show inappropriate dressing such as showing too much cleavage which looks indecent.

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      AlanDoughtyXIII 5 years ago

      In my mind, sagging trousers are la mode d'apache américain. That is no compliment.

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      Sam 5 years ago

      i am a boy, age 12, myself, and i hate sagging pants. i like to wear my pants about a centimeter, if even, below the top of my waist, for it is comfortable, but sagging them so people see your boxers, i hate. i mean, i dont care if people see my boxers, though sagging my pants purpously, i DON'T do. and its one thing if that person just forgot a belt that day, but i HATE sagging

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      mariahhh 5 years ago

      omg stop obsessing over retards sagging!!! there r wayy more important problems in the world then this stupid crap . honestly who cares if people wanna look stupid !!! worry more about bullying or drugs or kiddnapings ! not SAGGING !

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      dylan 5 years ago

      i hate sagger they are nasty and the look not right

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      Our children wear these silly things. But when I was young, I annoyed my parents with my faded jeans. Sadly, skin is always in because it sells. Fashion needs to be individual. I agree with Zach - if females do cleavage - showcase their mammaries as Howard Hughes detailed, men should be allowed to show their shorts.

      The thing is IF we ban - it is wanted more - IF we really don't want - instill a dress code for certain privileges but banning - silly stuff!

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 6 years ago from Tumkur

      Fashion styles often are without reasons. Only thought they will have is-creating a new trend. This saggy pant is one such. but your studious nature in preparing a write up on anything, is laudable.

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      zach 6 years ago

      If females can have clevage all the time why cant i sag my pants?? If u call it indecent i call you sexist. Nobody whines when a female is showin a lot of skin but u complain when u can see my boxers?? Thats ridiculous.

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      plutopanes : "banning is never a solution to anything,"

      Well.. bank robbery, underage drinking... The View.

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      Anon 6 years ago

      I wear mine baggy but not that baggy. I don't find butt cheeks to be a reasonable fashion trend at all.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      It should be banned. It's so ridiculous - we have it a lot in UK. Sometimes, I am tempted to pull up their trousers myself.....

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      pointblank009 6 years ago from Buffalo

      Excellent piece SunSeven. Fresh historical perspective on prisons. Those kids claiming saggin prohibition is racist totally ignore the plot by the white man to get them to wear their pants like that. They are too young to know and aren't listening to those who do. I once said this to a couple young brothers I saw saggin' in a jewelry store. They made some weak excuse of forgetting their belts and immediately pulled their pants up. I read an article a few years ago that stated an in-your-face-fact; "Saggin' spelled backwards is niggas." Pow! it hit me. This was even after I wrote a column on it earlier called "Why Sagging Pants are Conspicuously Still in Style." google it if the link doesn't appear here:

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Although I dislike this travesty of fashion, banning it will only inflame the youths that flaunt it.

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      plutopanes 6 years ago from revolving round the sun

      banning is never a solution to anything, in reaction it lights many fire that would be detrimental to the cause. But sometimes when basic individual freedom itself is curtailed by the societal (religious) norms, then there are no option but to ban. The prime example of this is the Burqa, which is a highly disturbing trend among Muslims and enforceable by Sharia.

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      michifus 6 years ago

      I think its designer underwear manufacturers who are behind it. Pay less for underwear that no one sees, and invest the savings in a belt.

      Anyway, saggy pants are just not practical. You cant reach your pockets, and you cant feel your wallet being stolen.

      Well done for highlighting this fashion travesty!