We’ve commented on this before (8/27) but the story has legs, not to mention continued exposure. We noticed then the proposed ban on low slung trousers in Stratford CT which according to Axcess News:
Stratford, Connecticut may not be on the fashion map of top designers, but if they were at the latest city council meeting they would have gotten an ear full after the City Council considered imposing fines on anyone caught wearing baggy pants in town. Councilman Alvin O’Neal is proposing a $250 fine for people caught wearing baggy pants that fall down low enough to expose their underwear.
The proposed ban failed but, lo and behold, other jurisdictions have vowed to further the crackdown. Trenton NJ weighs in: (MyWay News reports)
It’s a fashion that started in prison, and now the saggy pants craze has come full circle – low-slung street strutting in some cities may soon mean run-ins with the law, including a stint in jail.
Proposals to ban saggy pants are starting to ride up in several places. At the extreme end, wearing pants low enough to show boxers or bare buttocks in one small Louisiana town means six months in jail and a $500 fine. A crackdown also is being pushed in Atlanta. And in Trenton, getting caught with your pants down may soon result in not only a fine, but a city worker assessing where your life is headed….. The bare-your-britches fashion is believed to have started in prisons, where inmates aren’t given belts with their baggy uniform pants to prevent hangings and beatings. By the late 80s, the trend had made it to gangster rap videos, then went on to skateboarders in the suburbs and high school hallways.