You’ve seen them everywhere, on both, men and women. Mostly, (it seems) under the age of 50. I’m talking about the saggy pants look – those jeans and pants that hang wwaaayyy low.
Personally, I saw the trend emerge in the early 1990’s. I remember walking around the mall with a group of friends, and this guy Rob (who I had a crush on at the time) was wearing jeans that hung so very low that his boxers were showing. I had never seen this strange look and my curiosity was piqued. I thought perhaps this was just some silly fad, and at the time, thought it looked kind of funny and ridiculous. And so, I did the unthinkable.
What’s the best way to flirt with your crush? Right, embarrass him.
He was walking a few steps in front of me and I launched, no, catapulted myself forward, grabbed either side of his loose-fitting jeans, and — yanked downwards with all my might! Jeans around his ankles, (thank goodness the boxers were still intact!) Rob glared at me and was NOT amused. In fact, that was the end of what could have been the whirlwind romance of my teenage daydreams!
It is now 20 years later and this look is still going strong. Yes, I was wrong (again!). The saggy pants look was not a fad. Perhaps a trend, but not a fad. In fact, since this look has permeated our social culture, aren’t you curious to know how it started?
Apparently, there are a few differing of opinions on how the look began. Prison garb (either from having to hand your belt over to corrections officers or to show other inmates your “availability”) vs. snowboard look vs. fashion wear . Times have changed since the 90’s though, so be careful if you do wear your pants this way.. you can now GO to jail for doing so.
Click on all the links in the above post for some interesting articles and pictures.
Here is a great article on the history of sagging pants…. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/sagging-pants-history.html
Some pictures below: