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Raise your pants

A Stop the Sag billboard is seen on the side of a building in Brooklyn

New Yorkers told to ‘pull their pants up’

Low-slung trousers give their wearers a bad image, according to a US state senator who is behind an advertising campaign telling people to “raise your pants”.

UK Telegraph   1 April 2010

Eric Adams, a state senator from Brooklyn, is behind the $2,000 (£1,309) ‘Stop The Sag’ advertising campaign showing two men in jeans that hang low enough to display their underwear.

Mr Adams is calling for the end of the sagging trend that has become popular in men’s fashion. In an online message posted on YouTube, he said: “You can raise your level of respect if you raise your pants”, while pleading to young people not to “surrender control over your own image”.

The politician, a retired police captain, is the latest to speak out on the trend. He follows Larry Platt, an American Idol performer who became an internet sensation earlier this year with his song “Pants on the Ground”.

Even Barack Obama has previously said: “Some people might not want to see your underwear. I’m one of them.”

The campaign in New York follows a similar one in Dallas, where officials embarked on a ‘Pull Your Pants Up’ campaign in 2007, while in St Petersburg, Florida, a high school principal ordered thousands of plastic zip ties to help students pull up their trousers.

Mr Adams said he had had enough after watching a train passenger who wore a particularly low-slung pair of trousers.

“Everyone on the train was looking at him and shaking their heads,” he said. “And no one said anything to correct it.”

The low-slung trousers trend is adapted from the unbelted and sometimes oversized look of prison uniforms, according to Mark-Evan Blackman, who heads the menswear department at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.

Initially seen as invoking street credibility, the style has spread from inner cities to suburban shopping centres and school classrooms.

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About steveblizard

Steve Blizard commenced his financial planning career in 1988 from a background of life insurance broking, a field in which he still works. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the Responsible Investment Association. His experience ranges from administration of Superannuation to advice regarding insurance, retirement, remuneration and investment planning. Steve is an accredited Remuneration Consultant, specialising in salary packaging. He is a columnist for the Swan Magazine and the WA Business News


One thought on “Raise your pants

  1. This is just stupid crazy, why o why would you wear your pants below your butt, are people getting so lazy they just cant pull them up that little bit more.
    I can offer a solution to this problem, http://mammothworkwear.com/dickies/overalls
    you cant wear overalls around your ankles.

    Posted by Dan Doherty | May 6, 2010, 12:43 pm

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