Where Did the Trend of "low-Riding" or "sagging" Pants Come From?

One popular theory states that the trend of wearing pants that sag below the hips or even lower so that the underwear is exposed is a trend that originated in prison where detainees are prevented from having a belt and must therefore allow their pants to sag. Another theory states that wearing the pants in the sagging fashion is a signal that a prisoner is open to a homosexual relationship. Some claim this theory to be false and state that the fashion fad was introduced into culture by hip-hop and rap artists like Ice-T and Too Short.

There has been a lot of debate in the press about this fashion statement. While many people argue that sagging one's pants is symbolic of being in a gang, the true origin of sagging pants may be from ill-fitting prison-issue clothing along with the fact that belts are forbidden among the prison population due to their historical use in prison suicides.

There are numerous opponents of sagging pants, including United States President Barack Obama. President Obama was quoted by MTV as saying "Brothers should pull up their pants" and went on to say that "Some people might not want to see your underwear. I'm one of them."