The loose pants thing was something carried over from prison. They did not
allow belts as a security measure. And since a lot of young guys went to
prison, it became a "fashion" thing among young folks.
Which is totally strange. Of all the things to emulate, prison garb?
It is for you and I, but not so much in the tough neighborhoods. A large
percentage of the population has been in prison. For some, it is seen
as a cool "rite of passage" because you did some serious fun stuff.
Whole different mentality.
I read once that 25% of the population spends some time in jail in their
lives. On my street it may be 0% so that means on some other street it
is probably 90%.
The US also has the highest incarceration rate at 757 per 100,000.
Doesn't surprise me anymore where fads come from, only that so many
people fall into them. That gets into the discussion over what is and
is not considered a fad. Wearing a ballcap at an angle is a fashion
fad, at least to me. IMO it defeats the purpose of the hat/brim.
I always found that to be a weird style. It's hard to run or move
quickly when your pants' crotch is at your knees - and this style was
most popular in neighborhoods where you really should be ready to run...
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