What Is the Origin of Sagging Pants?

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The specific rationale for wearing saggy pants is still debated by historians, although there is a consensus that the trend began during the late 1980s in prisons, particularly in the Los Angeles area. There are several theories as to why prisoners began to wear their pants low, including that they were instructed to wear shapeless, baggy outfits while serving time in prison and continued to emulate that style following their release back into public life.

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