Sagging Pants and other impractical Clothing ideas

Sagging pants are all the rage and I can barely conceal my amusement when I see young men holding up their pants with one hand and fumbling to carry something in the other. many older folks are disgusted with the trend. Some towns and cities are even moving to pass laws against wearing such seemingly senseless clothing. Apparently this trend started in prisons where belts are not allowed and one has hold the pants up by hand. It’s also thought to be used by prisoners as a sexual signal of some kind.

saggypants.jpg The older generation shouldn’t complain too much though, for one thing,  that will only make it more popular as it gives the youth something to rebel against. necktie.jpgAnd look how long the necktie has been around. Now if there ever was a bad clothing idea, that gets my vote but look how entrenched it is. Grown men willingly constricting the blood vessels of the neck to be considered properly dressed. If there is any justice then the guy who came up with that idea surely died a horrible death…

6 thoughts on “Sagging Pants and other impractical Clothing ideas

  1. My personal opinion about this baggy pants that these young people are wearing look ridiculous.
    I am one of the lucky one none of my grandchildren wear them, but what the heck let them enjoy themself you only live once.


  2. I am a decade from my three score and ten years but I have not forgotten the pressure, imaginary or otherwise, I experienced to be in style with other teenagers. Stove Pipe pants were in style in my teenage years. I was grateful to have clothes to put on so I did not care much whether they were in style. To avoid the teenage pressures of “doing whatever it takes to be accepted” I often associated with adults where there was no competitiveness – I as a teenager, they were adults and most often they were a whole lot wiser than my teenage associates who were beginning to think they already knew everything.

    Back in my days adults an adult might say to a teenager “Boy, what do you know? You just learning to zip up your pants properly” Today I can pretty much say the same thing to teenagers except it would be ‘learning to keep their pants around their waist’


  3. Still on the subject of neck ties and sagging pants I would like to add this.

    Even though I chose not to conform to the teenage styles of my time I did conform to the adult styles (required for employment) of my time which included wearing a (collar) shirt and tie. Difference is that there were obvious benefits to doing so. Different companies had and have different dress codes. The tie, was never a problem for me because the collar was the right fit.

    There are a number of dress codes that I find more difficult to handle. One is the dress code somewhere in Asia where the lower lip is stretched and a two inch circular plate is inserted in it. Another is women placeing rings around their necks to make their necks look slender and long. In Africa there is the scaring of the face. These are all dress codes and some of them go back to biblical times.

    I reached the conclusion about ten years ago that much of everything people do is about brotherhood or sisterhood – including what might appear to be religious organization or groups. The way we present ourselves displays the “Hood” we want to be identified with.

    My thoughts on the subject. Very good subject, if I might say so


  4. I hope I am not going overboard here but you raised a good subject and I am trying to stoke the fir for some responses to see how the young people are thinking.

    Atound 1974 there was a hotel in New Kingston named named Skyline. Their lounge was a favourite of many Air Canada employees in Toronto. Although many employees of Air Canada were not required to wear ties, entry to Skyline’s lounge (and many others in Canada) required a tie. They would even provide the tie, if necessary. It was a sort of indication that the individual was willing to conduct themselves in an orderly manner.

    You may recall that Air Canada was a partner of Air Jamaica when it got started in 1998. Skyline opened the hotel in New Kingston, in part, to make the Canadian expatriots feel at home. The same neck tie rule still applied.

    SSometime around 1972 or 1973 some Jamaicans went there and demanded entry in their Dashikis. They were refused service and all POLITICAL hell broke loose. I recall reading (don’t remember which newspaper) reporting someone saying that “dis is fe we country an nodady go tell us wa fe do. we can do anything we want. Anything”

    Well, we have lived to see what that mentality has amounted to in Jamaica today. Right now, throughout the “civilized world” people are not allowed to SMOKE in publidc establishments.

    What is Jamaica going to do? Maintain the same attitude?

    Just another thought.


  5. I hope I will provide enough igniters to fire up some responses.

    I was in a Judicial court some years ago. A young, maybe 20’s attorney took his position to present his case. His collar button was undone and his tie was looped around his neck. First thing the Judge as him was whether he was trying to make a fashion statement. He said no, but was having problems that morning tying the knot. The Judge asked him where his office was located. The lawyer said Los Angeles. (that was at least 1 hour away) The judge tdefered his case five hours so that he could go and figure out how to knot the tie.

    My point is aimed at youngsters to realize that even though we may not want to comply with all rules there is a consequence for not doing so.

    With freedom comes responsible decisions.

    Another thought,

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