Pants!! …. what were you thinking?! 😮 🙂
It used to be “pull up your socks” in my youth. It probably has its figurative roots from the “slack” look of those whose socks had seen better days and had lost elasticity. What should normally be pulled pristinely up to just before the calf, had slid to the ankles, causing much distress to parents and teachers, as it made us look unkempt. And I guess the association with unkempt is endless… untidy, undisciplined, a lackadaisal attitude etc….etc…etc…
My school teachers used to launch into a tirade of “you better pull up your socks, young ladies” when our grades were going south. It was not meant to be literal of course. Just that we had lost some of the edge and were becoming slack, like socks that had lost elasticity.
My Secondary 2 classmate whose Maths grades had slid badly was chided with the same refrain, by our Maths teacher who was also our discipline Mistress, and she, whether in defiance or was clueless, actually bent to pull up her socks. 😀 😀 Let’s just say “we (the Maths and Discipline Mistress… er…that’s two right ;)) were not amused” and my classmate was sent to stand outside the classroom, daughter of the science teacher notwithstanding.
These days it’s “Pull up your pants!” But it’s not figurative. Well, even if there were a figurative meaning behind this, that’s not my intent for today. Trust me… not on my blog. 🙂 Seriously, this is literal. Please do. “Pull up your pants!!”. “Do It!” (Borrowing from Nike’s fashion statement) :p
Did you read the Non Sequitur cartoon by Wiley, today? It’s entitled “Bert makes a fashion statement.
Can you see Bert’s fashion statements? In case you are pulling away and walking to the other end of the room to read from your PC or laptop screen, :p the sign says (and I’m only “reading out” the sign on the left that I am commenting on), ‘PULL UP YOUR PANTS!!”
Yup… “Pull up your pants” gets my goad. I don’t know about you… I happen to agree with whoever who disagrees with the current fashion statement. It’s not even about low-slung pants anymore. I think the pants have been unslung! Unhinged! It’s a fashion statement if you wear your pants at impossibly low points, showing off everything that’s meant not to be shown in public?! 😮
Have you seen them walk in those pants… ?
It would appear, if you have seen them walk in those pants, that they are trying somehow (look Ma no hands) to hitch it up with every step. So it begs the question right?
Even though I am no longer a youth, I believe, I’m not quite the stick-in-the-mud. Is that what we non Gen ? (which Gen are we at now… Y?) always say? 😀 … I do agree that certain cut of jeans that are worn on the waist, are not hip 🙂 … ok, ok … corny… but some can look mumsy depending on what tops you team them up with.
And I do wear jeans, cargo pants, cropped pants that are somewhat low waisted. Alas, my reasons are different. It’s not as much about making fashion statements, as it is to keep somewhat protruding bellies in check 😀
And there are some people who wear very low slung pants but at least their t-shirts or shirts are worn to the top of the pants.
But I really don’t believe in butt cracks (apologies if this is too offensive for a G-rated blog :))… or boxers in plain view. It’s one thing to make a statement and another when you are the butt of it. 🙂
To me, sagging as I think it’s called, is no more about making a fashion statement, it’s calling out for fashion exclamations against it.
Many have spoken against it. New York State Senator, Eric Adams, is now campaigning against it. He’s put up a statement on his YouTube site and has started putting up hoardings, like the one below, to make his own statement.
Larry Platt sang about it (whether or not it’s an orchestrated rip off of the Green Brothers’ song “Back Pockets on the Ground”), during the auditions of the recent American Idol, to make a point:
Pants on the ground
Pants on the ground
Looking like a fool with your
pants on the ground.
Seriously… don’t you think the expose :p has gone far enough?