The Swagger of the Sagger


I’ve already written one post about manscaping and another one about murses and fanny packs. So why not, I thought, go for the trifecta when it comes to men’s fashion trends?

Today’s men’s fashion topic is “sagging,” which is a way of wearing pants that sag so that the top of the pants are significantly below the waist — sometimes even below the butt — to reveal much of the wearer’s underwear.

Supposedly, the origin of sagging came from prisons, where the inmates, who were prohibited from wearing belts, often wore sagging prison-issued uniforms, and they carried that look with them once they were back on the outside.

The problem, though, is that pants were never intended to be worn that way. They are supposed to be worn at the waist. That’s how they’re designed. That’s how they fit.

So what the hell is going on with guys who wear their pants with the top at or below their butt cheeks? I can’t imagine that it’s comfortable to wear pants that way. And since most of those I see wearing their pants like that have belts on, it’s not because their pants are too large and keep falling down.

Maybe they want to show off their fancy boxer shorts. After all, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a guy who wears tighty-whities sagging his pants. Is it suppose to be a fashion statement?

Maybe those who sag think it gives them swagger, the appearance of defiance or insolence. Maybe they’re tying to send the message that they are dangerous dudes and are not to be messed with.

Well, I just don’t get it. If sagging is a fashion statement, I would really like someone explain it to me. Because if it’s meant to send a message about the sagger, the only message I’m getting is that they look totally ridiculous.

But hey, I’m just an aging Baby Boomer. I used to wear tie-dyed t-shirts and bell bottom jeans. So what do I know?

22 thoughts on “The Swagger of the Sagger

  1. rugby843 August 24, 2017 / 8:46 am

    Right on! That look of the bell bottoms does look silly now, but tie dye is back, I think…..never mind, I don’t keep up, but the saggy pants are gross. It’s like girls wearing short shorts and a thong back showing, yuck! And their butt hanging out. Join a nudist colony!

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    • Fandango August 24, 2017 / 10:19 am

      I guess I’m not as bothered by girls in short shorts with a thong back showing as I am with guys’ butts hanging out over their pants tops. But each to his own, right?

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  2. newepicauthor August 24, 2017 / 10:45 am

    I had a sagger in my class and the top of his pants were just above his knees. He even told me that his belt cost him $150, but it was just for fashion and it did not serve any useful purpose. He walked like a penguin because with the waist of his pants just a few inches above his knees, it restricted his ability to take normal steps. I knew that this kid had no future except being in prison, as he came up to me and said, β€˜Watch this!’ He blew smoke out of his mouth and inhaled it up his nose and I told him that he better not be smoking in my class. Later on I caught him and another student smoking a metal pipe in the back of the class.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong August 24, 2017 / 11:58 am

    We’ve mostly (I think) written everything we could about sagging. How about fashionable men’s suits that are cut so tight they make the wearers — most of whom have plenty of money but apparently, no taste — look ridiculous. Garry also has a thing about ugly baseball uniforms. The Rockies are so far, THE ugliest. How can you make something as simple as a baseball uniform look that bad? It takes talent!

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  4. Suze August 24, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    My son was in prison. He says the reason a prisoner wears pants that sag is to advertise for a boyfriend…just tell the next sagging “man” you see that you know someone that would be interested in a fist session and I bet those pants would be around that idiot’s waist super fast.

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  5. baddadcartoons101 August 24, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I too am totally lost in this department, I was told by my family to loose the cargo shorts and I’m thinking, the cargo shorts are great, you can carry 100 useful objects. So practicality plays no role in fashion

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  6. Michael August 24, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    I thought you were going really well until I came to the last sentence. Bell bottom pants, yuck, I wore a blue suit with bell bottoms to my wedding in 1975, highly fashionable way back then but I cringe now days thinking about it….I also worked in a school where ‘saggers’ walked about leaving the rest of us in dread that they were about to lose everything. Fashion is very personal isn’t it…just think in fifty years people will see photos of us dressed as we are today and wonder what sense of fashion did we possess.

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    • Fandango August 24, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      Yes, bell bottoms were all the range back in the late 60s and early 70s. Seriously, what were we thinking? Hmm. Probably the same thing saggers are thinking today

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  7. Emilio Pasquale August 24, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    I miss my bell bottoms. And the long hair down to my shoulders. And the cowbell I wore around my neck. Of course, I went to college in San Francisco in the late 60’s, early 70’s and lived in the Haight- Ashbury district. And all the pictures have been destroyed.

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    • Fandango August 24, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      I wish I’d haves lived in San Francisco then, but I was back east. And I certainly miss my long hair.

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      • rugby843 November 16, 2017 / 8:38 am

        I used to wear a modified version of cargo pants to work in the eighties. I miss them. Very handy.


      • rugby843 November 16, 2017 / 8:38 am

        I used to wear a modified version of cargo pants to work in the eighties. I miss them. Very handy. And I like long hair on men.


  8. nkdwhtguy August 26, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Nothing’s funnier than watching a sagger trying to run from a cop, pants around his knees. No matter how fat or out of shape the cop, sagger’s gettin’ cuffed.

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