Several states implement bans on baggy pants

Sofia Cancino

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Wear your pants tight? Baggy? Loose? Fit? Whatever your choice, it might no longer be your choice.

The bare-your-britches style is now slowly on its way to be passed throughout the United States that makes it mandatory for people to not have their pants expose skin below the waist and/or undergarments.

This style may be fading, but the nation is still progressively trying to make a style change. A big issue with people for the “baggy pants ban” is the showing of lower back cleavage, “plumbers’ crack”.

Think of the baggy pants law as absurd? Well, according to the Louisiana House Criminal Justice Committee, the town of Opelousas and the town of Westwego it’s a justified law that has already been put into effect.

The fashion police (literally) claim that exposing one’s “assets” or intimate apparel in public is indecent and offensive. They will charge $500 fine if police officers in these areas see this rule being ignored.

Other locations that endorse the ban are Atlanta, Georgia and Trenton, New Jersey, taking it so far as to make, not only a fine mandatory, but also assigning a city worker to assess where your life is headed if you do get caught with your pants down. In Dallas, Texas they are hoping to put a fine of up to $50 for the low-riding violators.

Why so important? It’s just a style that our generation and possibly the generation before us have decided to make as a popular dress code, right?

Well, in fact, this significant style is believed to have started in prisons where, to avoid hangings and beatings, inmates are not given belts with their “one-size-fits-all” uniform pants.

Starting slowly in the 80’s, the now popular trend started making it to most mainstream rap videos, then progressed on to teens in the suburbs and eventually into most high school hallways. This new ban is a complete style change for many people, especially since it’s almost impossible to wear baggy wear without showing off boxers or briefs.

They are hoping that the “waistline location” might improve their behavior. Most protestors of the ban believe that this law is filed under racial profiling and is mostly targeted at African-American male youths.

Louisana is the only state that has passed this bill, but it is still trying to get passed across the states.

Rapper Ludacris and pop singer Britney Spears might stir up some controversy in their home state of Louisana for their notorious attire of boxer showing and belly baring attire.

What this bill is trying to accomplish is to make it unlawful to appear in public wearing pants, or lack thereof, which would expose buttocks skin or undergarments.

So if this is your style, enjoy your sagging pants and low-rise hip hugging jeans for as long as you can. Because this ban just might make it to California.

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