Normally I wouldn’t rag on people who have terrible styling habits, but… okay I’m lying. I totally would. This one, however, is just an awful misuse of clothing, and it’s origin might make your typical “tough guy” think twice before rocking this “look.”
Working in a retail store, I see this trend pretty frequently. I cringe every time I see it and I’m often tempted to express how preposterous I think it is, but I like having a job so I keep my mouth shut.
”Housing” or “low-riding” your jeans has been around for quite a while, but it didn’t originate as a fashion trend, which most people are unaware of. It made its first appearance in American prisons, where belts were taken from inmates to prevent suicide.
As you probably know (unless you currently live under a rock), many inmates resort to homosexual activity or rape in the absence of women.
Here’s the good part:
Inmates who were willing to participate in sexual activity would “house” their pants, exposing the top of their underwear as an invitation to other prisoners. Eventually the trend spread out of prisons and onto the streets, where guys thought it was “hard” and/or “fashionable.” As it turns out, it’s neither.
I wonder what Lil’ Wayne would think…
As the origin entertains me, the look is still atrocious. So, boys, here’s some advice:
Buy a belt. No one cares about your man panties.
Choose your trends wisely.
Until next time,