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Crimes of Fashion: It’s Time To Pull Up Your Pants

Friday, June 15, 2012

saggy pantsHave you ever watched an old movie and noticed how the people dress?  Even if it’s on a weekend, the men are in slacks and sports coats and the women in dresses.  Look at your grandfather’s wardrobe next time you see him.  He is probably wearing slacks and a button shirt regardless of the time of day or day of the week.  Next time you are on a plane travelling somewhere, look at how a person in their 60s dresses vs. a person in their 20s or 30s.  While some people would say older generations are too formal, you have to admit that there is a level of care in respect in someone when they are dressed nice.  Our grandparents and even in some cases our parents grew up with a different set of standards.  There was a level of respect not only for others around them, but also within themselves.  Respect for how they acted…and respect for how they dressed.    

Flash forward to today, and take a look at how the younger generation dresses.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am all about being comfortable and I look forward to casual Friday’s with great anticipation just like the next guy.  My point is that casualness in some cases has gotten to a point where it crosses a line.  Especially when it is put into a forum that calls for a little more professionalism and formalness.  For example, what would you wear to a courtroom if you ever had to go?  Like most people you would probably wear something a little more formal than jeans or sweat pants.  Well one man in Lorain, Ohio, didn’t think that dressing appropriately was necessary.  Instead he wore his comfortable baggy pants that not only had a waist size big enough to fit two people, but also rode low enough down on his thighs to expose his underwear for all to see…including the judge.  As you can probably imagine, the judge felt pretty disrespected.  He ordered the man be arrested and sentenced him to 3 days in jail without the chance of a getting bail bond.  BTW, this is the third person that the judge has arrested for dressing inappropriately (and by inappropriately we mean pants hanging down and underwear exposed). 

What do you think?  Should the judge be tough on fashion crimes or is it none of his business?  Read the original story below.

Original article: Judge gives man jail for wearing saggy pants to court