To sag or not to sag?
I remember when I first saw dudes walking around with their pants sagging in the early 80’s it looked really strange to me especially since pants were only cut one way: Narrow and Straight. Plus, every adult around me--at that time of my pre-teen years—was repulsed to see a young man walking around with his underwear showing.
Back then I sometimes saw the baggy pants wearer wearing 2 pair of paints. Nonetheless, in 1982ish, baggy pants were in its’ infancy… The rumor of its’ origin was that youth were imitating convicts that consequently sagged because they weren’t allowed to wear belts in the pen. Thusly, causing their pants fell below the waist.
Personally I embraced the baggy pants look when I was battling a bout with homophobia in high school. Eddie Murphy (who ironically is rumored to be gay) in his first stand-up show “Delirious” commented that, “You can tell when a fag is looking at your ass because you ass gets hot!”...
Well, I didn’t want my ass to get "hot" and I definitely didn’t want my ass to get looked at. So I concealed it in baggy pants. That was in the late 80’s-early 90’s and now at the age of 34, I’m still sagging.
I mean, even though I’ve reconciled with my homophobia a long time ago, I’ve been unable to let go of my baggy jean comfort zone and I think that tight or fitting pants look gay.
Overall, I’m comfortable with my pants hanging off my ass. But I find that I need a couple of extra inches in the waist even in my slacks, pajamas, sweats…
When I think about it, I think I’m going to sag until I die. I just can’t help it—or can I?