I don't know when, where or why this particular "look" came into existence. And I don't really care. It's ridiculous. As the Clueless clip at the beginning proves, it's been around far too long.
Several years ago I was waiting for a flight when a father, mother and their teenage son sat down across from me. The kid, probably 15, headed over to the shop to peruse the magazines and I honestly couldn't determine how it was possible for him to walk. His jeans were so unbelievably huge on him that he was having to hold them up with his hand as he tried to drag along the numerous folds of denim pooling at his ankles. It was some sort of shirt/waistband combo grab. When he was out of ear shot I leaned forward and said, "I just have to ask - why does he wear his jeans like that?" The mother started laughing and it was the dad who answered first. "Because we're picking our battles right now, and he doesn't know it yet but he's about to lose this one hard!" The mother responded, "Absolutely. He and his friends look like idiots! I'm going to burn all his pants and he can buy them like that again when he's 18." I hope they did it. It must have been a beautiful bonfire.
I'm not exaggerating when I say an all-out war is brewing. This photo was distributed to Flint, MI police officers last year as a training tool.
The crackdown on cracks has begun.