So, the city of Atlanta is considering a ban on sagging pants and visible bra straps. The town of Mansfield, LA has already made sagging pants illegal – those who violate the law are subject to a $150 fine.
The reasons cited for the necessity of these laws/proposed laws range from the style being indecent to it being indicative of gang/illegal activity.
I’m of the mindset that sagging pants are not a good look. On anyone. Ever. I’m not certain, however, that cities should be allowed to start banning manner of dress. I do – and yes, I’m pulling the race card – think that young blacks – particularly males – will be disproportionately targeted and fined. And the argument that it is black youths who primarily wear this style and therefore will of course be affected by these laws disproportionately doesn’t fly with me. I’m a native Californian. Southern California. Skater boys (primarily Caucasian) have long been sagging in their long jean shorts, “wife beaters” and V*ans tennis shoes. I think it is a look of youth. I rarely see older people sporting the sagging look – and when they are, they are more likely to be transients, not necessarily people trying to make a fashion statement.
The people who are implementing these laws who cry indecency are, in my estimation, directing their efforts toward the wrong group. As much as I don’t want to look at anyone’s plaid/white/dirty boxers, I personally am more offended by visible ass cracks, overflowing bras that reveal 75% of the breasts, and bared midriffs that well, shouldn’t be.
What do you think? Should cities be allowed to ban manners of dress they deem inappropriate? If so, do sagging pants fall into that category for you, or are there other fashion faux pas that you’d like to see made illegal? Head over to the comments section and tell me what you think. Thanks!