Fashion discussion: To sag your pants or to not sag your pants

What is the definition of style? Is it you personally choosing what to wear or listening to other people directly or indirectly tell you what to wear?  A Boston nonprofit organization called the Black Mental Health Alliance of Massachusetts has been running an ad in the Boston area. The organization approvingly cites the law Section 16 to support the proposition that young men sagging their pants could spend up to 3 years in state prison as punishment or fined. Under the headlines, the law states that "Open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior," that "a man or woman, married or unmarried, who is guilty of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than three years or in jail for not more than two years or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars."

I am sure they have a good reason as to why they are running this PSA although when I contacted them, they did not have any comments nonetheless let’s get into the fashion politics; this is a little bit outrageous and an offense to the sassing pants community. I am the number one person who is against sagging pants; they are in the same category as Ugg boots. Of course it is awful and I still have to figure out how they walk with their pants that low but it is just a phase. They are just another awful trend that will eventually go away.

Why do we have to be constantly told by society what to wear? Why can’t one choose what to wear not because someone is wearing it or because it is trending but because one looks and feels so darn good in it. One of their reasons was “sagging pants connects them to crimes” (another offense to the sagging community) and besides, don’t we have bigger things to worry about? This organization (with a very good cause) needs to make an ad to take those homeless people off the streets, an ad to make my college tuition less than it is today and I will take care of the sagging pants community.

That is why I keep on questioning what it really means to have “style”. Does it mean that you dress in a way that is approved by family, friends and society in general or does it mean dressing in a way that is YOU. Does my closet define who I am?


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