Tuesday, September 18, 2007

In Search of Elusive Sartorial Elegance

It had to happen sooner or later...people of good sense have finally realized that - gasp! - wearing one's pants halfway down one's fanny looks stupid!

Yes, good fashion sense is beginning to prevail, and according to CNN (and numerous other news outlets), many localities are beginning to ... uh ... crack down on low-riding baggy pants that let one's underwear (or more) show.

I've written about this before, shaking my virtual head in disbelief that people would willingly look silly, with baggy pants, disheveled shirts, and hats worn askew, all showcased by a slouching, lazy walk. I didn't realize, until I read yesterday's CNN story, that the baggy pants look was based on the look of prison inmates who aren't allowed to wear belts on their loose trousers (because they could be used as weapons, or to commit suicide).

Why on earth would anyone in their right mind want to imitate the look of a prison inmate?

Perhaps we have turned the corner and are finally seeing the backlash against the so-called "thug culture" glorified by hip-hop and rap artists. Can it be that young people are finally realizing that good manners and education are more important to a successful life than poor dress and grooming and an in-your-face attitude?

Of course, there are good things about loose, baggy, low-riding pants...I remember several news stories about would-be thieves who snatched purses or held up stores, then tripped over their own pants while trying to make an escape. I guess I'll take justice however it arrives.

So pull up those pants, put your hat on straight, and mind your manners. Your mother will be proud.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.



The Mistress of the Dark said...

I'm so with you on this one. I don't want to see anyone's undies. Now if we can convince the clothing manufacturers that low rise jeans are the work of the devil and that they need to stop making them....things might improve.

Amanda said...

Seeing their undies is ok. This low riding trend is also very prevalent in Malaysia but sometimes, I don't think the girls are wearing ANY undies. Its horrible to accidentally see the salesgirl bend over .... totally unattractive and definitely not sexy!

John A Hill said...

Maybe we should start giving belts to prisoners. It would improve the fashion in the outside world and let Darwinism prevail on the inside!
Or they could go back to jumpsuits for prisoners. Wouldn't that be a sight--gangs wearing brightly colored jumpsuits!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

If some of them could see what we can see...

Sue said...

Why wear pants at all if they don't cover? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of wearing clothing?

Hrm, now that I think about it, there have been a few very embarrassing moments in my life where my jeans have unknowingly slipped down upon sitting and I only notice when I feel a draft. That is precisely the reason I ceased purchasing 'low rise' jeans.

Unknown said...

I deplore this particular fad as well - on both guys and gals.
I know few girls who think it's sexy I think it's just crude and vulgar.