And pastel pink jeans with little zips up the
ankles. And big plastic earrings. Fingerless gloves. And those g-string
leotards worn outside my leggings to do aerobics in the 80s. In fact,
most things I wore in the 80s were resolutely criminal.
But was I arrested? I was not. The same cannot be said for young,
mostly black men in America who will soon be fined or thrown in jail
for their fashion choices. Seriously.
There is a particular look, popular among a certain tribe of young
hip-hop loving males, called “sagging”. It involves wearing your baggy
pants low. Not just hipster-low but actually underneath your bottom,
exposing your boxer shorts.
Truth be told, I’m not at all sure how you pull this off. To have your
pants hover below your buttocks without slipping down around your
ankles? Well, that is quite a feat. Especially given that belts are not
involved. And how do you walk? Sadly, I have not had the chance to pose
any of these probing questions to a sagger because I’ve never seen one
in person. Only photos.