By Complex Mag | Mar 12, 2012 | 3:17 pm
Oh now you know I was going to put my two cents in on this epidemic that took Urban New York by storm and it seems to have never gone away. Yes, I’m talking about the infamous pants sag. And no, I’m not taking about a natural sag, I’m talking about those that think it’s cool to walk around with their underwear showing while their pants waistline desperately clings on to their thighs. I’m mean come on, it ridiculous. I ask some of these young boys why do they wear their pants like that, is it their own personal style? Most of them reply and say, yeah. I just look at them with the: “why are you lying face.”
Through my observation a lot of these misguided youth are simply mimicking what they see on television from several Hip Hop entertainers and decide that these individuals will influence them ultimately because they want to be like them. So these followers claim that it is part of their “swag,” or in other words their style. There are many theories behind where this trend started, then unfortunately spread to the many young men in urban America and picked it up as a growing fashion trend.
To my understanding the whole sagging pants issue started in the New York State Prison system in the early 1990′s, where due to their oversized clothes, inmates pants would sag because they weren’t allowed to wear belts. Then as inmates were released and returned back to their neighborhoods, this was a trend from prison that they brought home with them and infused into their community.
The saggy pants was prevalent in the early to mid ’90′s then slowly faded away, but with the influence from entertainers in Hip Hop the trend resurrected. In my opinion I think this saggy swag needs to fade away from existence once again because not only do I think it’s tasteless, but it is inconsiderate for people to be subjected to bear witness to faded underwear, dirty underwear, just underwear period! So what do you all think, are ya’ll as tired of seeing this everywhere you go like I am? I figure if we’re all aware of this and we talk about it we could put a stop to this trend, right?