December 11th, 2007
10:44 PM ET

Baggy Pants: Trendy or Tacky?

Bet you could name about a dozen fashion trends you've seen over the years.  For a while at my middle school, students would clip suspenders to their pants and wear them hanging down – it was like they were carrying around a seat harness.  In high school, I had a pair of light green, pleated jeans that I wore about twice a week (no idea what I was thinking – they didn't match anything).  And I remember seeing some dude walk in with a pair of full-leg, suede, horseback-riding chaps:  After all, nothing says 'Wild West' like homeroom!

But the baggy pants look has been around for years; it was going strong when I was in high school.  What do you think of it?  Do you ever let your jeans slouch?  And what do you think of the Atlanta school board decision to ban pants that are sagging?

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  1. Mr. Browder

    I still wonder how many of these students know the actual background on how "sagging" started (look it up kids-prison!).

    100% of my students say that some baggers do take it too far,
    25% say that bagging violates our dress code, but again 100% say that it depends on how the dress code is interpreted on whether it violates it or not.

    75% say that there should be some regulations.

    December 12, 2007 at 10:58 am |
  2. Lizzie

    Oh Gosh!! Im glad they got rid of those baggy pants!! there nasty!
    I wish they would do that at our school!

    December 12, 2007 at 11:38 am |
  3. vance

    I think that baggy pants stink and they are ugly

    December 12, 2007 at 11:38 am |
  4. Stacy

    Dude baggy pants are nasty, but in trend. But as I said, nasty!!! It's completely wrong dude!!!

    December 12, 2007 at 11:39 am |
  5. Emma

    I think it is a great idea i don't think kids should be showing there underwear.
    I think they should at least a belt or something. But i also think people shouldn't wear skin tight pants either. I think this should be a rule at all schools.

    December 12, 2007 at 11:40 am |
  6. Bailey

    I think that baggy pants are so disgusting. Even my brother says they are stupid, and my dad is a cop and he says they are the most annoying thing to see

    December 12, 2007 at 11:40 am |
  7. Kelley

    I think that baggy pants are a distraction, in school and outside of school. I mean would boys like it if girls wore baggy pants?! Well they might not want us to. So I am glad the school board is doing something about that. "Do your pants hang low"

    December 12, 2007 at 11:41 am |


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  10. sarah

    I think that it's a great idea that kids don't wear pants that are to big so that it shows there underwear.Also I think that kids should wear pants that are to tight for them because that could be bad for kids too.

    December 12, 2007 at 11:44 am |
  11. Stacy

    Sorry all you guys, but baggy pants really isn't cool, dude. It's just nasty, and many girls agree with me. It's completely wrong dude!!!

    December 12, 2007 at 11:46 am |
  12. Mr. Sheridan's Class

    When I polled the class, the class seemed to be split down the middle. Whereas some students felt it was an infringement on their personal choice, some felt it was a great idea. They didn't want to see student's underwear!

    We love CNN Student News!

    Mr. Sheridan's Grade 6 Class
    Schenectady, NY

    December 12, 2007 at 12:16 pm |
  13. ruby

    i think the story about the 5 year old boy should have not been holding a riffel in the first plastcee there should be a lwa i the states that no child whether with or with out a person with a licence should do that but im happy that the boy is a fast learner and im also happy no one got hurt!

    December 12, 2007 at 5:05 pm |
  14. Kiley

    I think that it wasn't right for Atlanta to completely outlaw baggy pants at the school, unless there was a specific dress code rule stating that wasn't ok. If people want to look stupid it should be their own decision. You shouldn't have to make rules so people look "respectful" or how you want to look. Yeah, there are some extreme cases when the person's pants are down to their ankles and that's not right but to completely take out baggy pants? That's a little too far in my opinion.

    December 13, 2007 at 3:26 pm |
  15. ben

    I think that baggy pants should not be allowed. The people in my school that have baggy pants are real trouble makers.

    December 13, 2007 at 3:27 pm |
  16. karista

    pants are pants as long as you ain't going naked then everybody will be ok! plus down south they did that but they still wear them like that! and if they keep on doing that they'll end up getting fined or something like that! so it doesn't really matter anyways evern if we had bags for clothes and if you wear is a different way people will end up criticize you so whats the huge deal anyways?

    December 13, 2007 at 3:28 pm |
  17. Katie

    I don't think to much of it, I see it so much that I don't really even pay attention anymore. I don't mind it so much, but I don't like it when guy's pants are down by their knees, it just looks weird, they walk all funny. But if their pants aren't that far down and you can only see their boxers a little bit, it's not too bad, I just ignore that. But it does get a little out of hand if they're any lower than that. And to the second question, NO! I don't wear my pants down low, I don't think any girl does...

    December 13, 2007 at 3:28 pm |
  18. Emily

    I don't think that they should have made it a rule to not wear really baggy pants. Personally i don't think they're that attractive but if the kids want to war them oh well if they wanna look like thugs they can ha. If the kids were showing their bootys i would understand, but most kids aren't that stupid, i hope. POWER TO THE BAGGY PANTS!

    December 13, 2007 at 3:29 pm |
  19. keegan

    i think banning something like baggey pant is dumb. if they want to weat them, then let them. only take it way when ther underware is showing.

    December 13, 2007 at 3:30 pm |
  20. Molly

    I dont think that they should be able to ban saggy pants. Some people dont have tons of money and they wear what they can. Yes they may be disgusting but some people cant help it. And its also just an opinion. They shouldnt have their underwear hanging out though. They should just wear a belt. I think that banning it is going a little far. People can wear what they want as long as its not indecent exposure. Just loosen up a little people!

    December 13, 2007 at 3:30 pm |
  21. Noah

    Personally I'm not a big fan of the baggy pants, but it's the choice of the kids. Forcing them to dress a certain way is an infringement of their rights of expression. And the background on where they came from doesn't really matter now does it.

    December 13, 2007 at 3:31 pm |
  22. Kristen

    I think that saggy pants are disgusting! It's really dumb too. I mean, once you think about it, it's really stupid that someone would go out and buy a pair of pants that are 10 sizes too big for them! Also, it's not very appealing to see someone's butt hangin' out of their pants! It's a good idea that the Atlanta school board banned baggy pants.

    December 13, 2007 at 3:31 pm |
  23. Darris

    I don't think baggy pants are that bad unless there super baggy. Banning baggy pants from school I think isn't a good Idea. You would make a lot of kids angry.

    December 13, 2007 at 3:32 pm |
  24. Ross

    I think i could care less if they ban baggy pants. I mean, really if your a guy you shoudnt be looking there. And girls. Its like you wearing some really skimpy clothes. Its your choice to look like a fool, so i think you should have to live with your own choice.

    December 13, 2007 at 3:33 pm |
  25. Scott

    eh. it doesnt matter whatever teens want to do. but it is pretty disgusting. why would you want to be uncomfortable the whole day by wearing pants around your knees. you say there too big. its called 'GET A BELT'. is it really that hard. or maybejust by smaller pants.

    December 13, 2007 at 3:34 pm |
  26. Austin

    Baggy pants are dumb and people who wear baggy pants should wear a belt. Ben is right and I agree with him.

    December 13, 2007 at 3:34 pm |
  27. Darris

    But yes I agree baggy pants arent very cool

    December 13, 2007 at 3:35 pm |
  28. zach

    dude i think baggy pants are tight. fo real man my pants are baggy and saggy.
    thru ight.......word

    December 13, 2007 at 3:36 pm |
  29. evan

    i think it is dumb

    December 13, 2007 at 3:37 pm |
  30. Cassie

    i dont like saggy pants!! they are sloppy and unattractive. we dont need to see what color guys underwear is thats something that they can keep to themselves. i think its great that the school banned saggy pants there is no reason why your pockets need to be at your knees!

    December 13, 2007 at 3:37 pm |
  31. Shayley

    I think that baggy pants are not a problem.. I wear my pants baggy and so do all of my fiends. The only people that make something of it are the teachers. I think it shouldn't matter because its our right to wear them how we want.. Now if someone has there pants past the bottem of there butt then thats a problem. But if it's just a little bit then i don't think it should cause problems..

    December 13, 2007 at 4:20 pm |
  32. kyle

    i do not think they should be ban the baggy pants because they are a style ans it just what kid are still going to ware them

    December 13, 2007 at 4:21 pm |
  33. Kaila

    I think that the baggy pants should not be here any more because that is so stupid they are showing there boxers and that is so dumb seeing them.

    December 13, 2007 at 4:22 pm |
  34. Mary

    I don't like to see peoples' underwear but I think that kids have the right to express themselves and if they want people to see there boxers its up to them. So i think that the school board is being a bit harsh but the are going for the intrests of everyone

    December 13, 2007 at 4:23 pm |
  35. Andrew

    i think that they should band baggy pants for ever. every person must wear a belt. get rid of the for life

    December 13, 2007 at 4:23 pm |
  36. Mercedes

    Baggy pants!!! Sometimes they are fine But most of the time they are too looooow!! And it's like Let's see wht kind of under weare you are whearing!!! But NO!!! some guys half to walk sidways to keep them up.

    December 13, 2007 at 4:25 pm |
  37. Amanda

    I think that baggy pants are nasty. If you can see a kids boxers that is way to low. Most guys want their boxers to show and some times dont relize that it is that low. You dont ever see a girl trying to show thier underwear.

    December 13, 2007 at 4:26 pm |
  38. Elijah

    I don't care except for the wangsters who put it down to thier knees. I think it's not that bad as pants up to your armpits or suspendes

    December 13, 2007 at 4:27 pm |
  39. Dalton!!!!

    well if your a guy baggy pants are better then tight pants!!! but if your a girl then baggy pants are sick tight pants are more for girls baggy pants are for the guys but i dont think they should have band them from the shcool because there just expressing thereself but im not the smartest kid in the world but yeah thats what i think.

    December 13, 2007 at 4:27 pm |
  40. Katie

    Wow! I am all for banning baggy pants! Nobody needs to see their boxers. Its definatly not cool so why would they want to wear them so low anyway? They're disgusting and I wish that our school would do something about baggy pants too.

    December 13, 2007 at 4:28 pm |
  41. Chris

    I think it doesnt really matter because boxers are just like shorts.

    December 13, 2007 at 4:29 pm |
  42. Pete

    I think people should cover up their butts. Most people who wear baggy pants also wear belts, but don't use them to hold their pants up. What's up with that?! If you wear a belt, use it to hold your pants up, don't just wear it.

    December 13, 2007 at 4:33 pm |
  43. Sam

    I think that this is retarted that people even care about how far your pants hang down. Boxers arent even a bad thing to show because its not like its showing you every thing that the boxers cover. I think a person should be able to wear there pants how they want to, exspecailly since thats how some pants are bought.

    December 13, 2007 at 4:34 pm |
  44. Kayle

    I think that baggy pants are just a style, so its not even that bad, but I do have to say some boys are going way over board by practically having they're pants hanging around they're ankles. It's really unattractive and very icky. Guys should really stop wearing baggy pants and start wearing "normal" jeans. Whatever normal jeans are... does anyone really know anymore?

    December 13, 2007 at 4:35 pm |
  45. Drake

    Wearing baggy pants is like wearing tight pants, if you think baggy pants are exposing a lot,(boxers), think about what wearing tight pants would expose. My point exactly. Ir's funny how that '25% say that bagging violates our dress code,' yet there are no posts that say that baggy pants are fine, apparently they aren't appropriate for posting.

    December 13, 2007 at 4:36 pm |
  46. andrew

    baggy pants are better than tight pants, some guys are not comfortabe whereing tight pants. i dont think is right

    December 13, 2007 at 4:38 pm |
  47. Jordan

    Nobody wants to see your underwear so why do you show it. Baggy pants are not the trend and are really ugly.

    December 13, 2007 at 5:08 pm |
  48. Mr. Browder

    Drake: I don't think the posts here are censored in order for a topic to be one-sided. When 25% of my class says that bagging violates the dress code, it means exactly that. All schools have rules against any kind of attire that may be either inappropiate, offensive, or distracting, which in the case of bagging, can be all three. Plus their is a safety issue.

    December 14, 2007 at 8:51 am |
  49. cOlLiNs

    baggy pants are so ugly and I wish that they did that in our school cause a lot of guys do that but NO girls do it and yet I dont think people should wear skin tight pants either so that should be a rule to.

    December 15, 2007 at 12:00 pm |
  50. Noelle

    I think baggy pants are stupid, people do not want to look at other people's butts, and I have seen people trip over their pants because their pants are too baggy. it just another silly style that isn't very stylish.

    December 16, 2007 at 3:37 pm |
  51. Cody

    I think that baggy pants are dumb... having your pants hanging really low is a distraction. But I think having you pants bagging a little bit to were nobody can see you underwear is just fine.

    December 17, 2007 at 10:16 pm |
  52. Famous

    they are not the least attractive and they are getting on my nerves.
    its as if people want to look stupid and people honestly don't care what type of boxers or undies that you are wearing.
    if you really want a girl then you should not wear them because they will prob. push them away then to attract them
    i hope that this is all just a trend and will son end and people will realize how stupid they look.
    just like one of my favorite teachers said......
    if your pants sag you are showing other people what they can get in jail that night.

    December 18, 2007 at 2:53 am |
  53. joshua -- baker 6th grade

    i think the baggy pants are "tacky" because they are to big for people and mess-up real easy

    December 18, 2007 at 12:06 pm |
  54. steven

    I think that they should not band it from kid because they might not heve other clothes to wear.

    December 18, 2007 at 12:11 pm |
  55. Jeff

    That is not right because thats just how people wear their pants. I personally dont wear baggy pant i wear Empyres they are tight pant litterally.

    December 18, 2007 at 12:12 pm |
  56. Stefan

    hey buddy, FIRST of all, i would love to say how much you are an inspiration to me and my fellow students.
    unfortunately, I love baggy pants. they're a trend that lets everyone see my toned glutes and slammin boxers. everyone can see where i get MY boxers!!
    it's great to be able to know where all my guy friends shop, and when i get a nice long look at their sagging jeans, i get to see what kind of personal style they have.
    thanks for letting my opinion shine!!!!

    – xoxoxox stefan

    December 18, 2007 at 2:07 pm |
  57. Chelsea

    I think baggie pants are a little tacky. And i hate when guys and in some cases girls pull up their underwear and pull down their pants and walk around like a clown. that is a little weird. but other wise it is not that bad. and for the school to band baggie pants all together, i think that is a little drastic. if you want baggie pants out of your school then start handing out detentions. that will be a way to get stop the baggie pants with out having to make a law.

    December 18, 2007 at 2:56 pm |
  58. Christian

    Pants are meant to be worn. Just as long as you WEAR THEM !!! It is just that the way you wear them may be innappropriate for SOME people. Me personally... I don't slouch my nickers. But what is wrong to one person is right to another. There is really alot of controversy. Just like the way that old teachers hike UP their pants. It is just a difference in age and pant hight... think about it...
    --way to be-–

    December 18, 2007 at 2:59 pm |
  59. DORK

    I think that baggy pants are ok if u cant see their underware .If you ware baggy pants you cant run from the cops very fast either.But normal jeans are the best.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:36 pm |
  60. trey

    I think baggy pants are for people that like to acked like gangsters and thats not right.I think people should acked noarmal.

    December 18, 2007 at 3:40 pm |
  61. Jake

    I think that the baggy pants is not trendy at all. I think that the people should not be able to see your under garments beacause people just don't want to see that. Also I think that its rediculous thats your pants are halfway off and the sad part is that the person is wearing a belt so I think that the baggy pants thing should go.

    December 18, 2007 at 4:02 pm |
  62. willow

    I really don't see the point in baggy pants. I mean i don't have anything against them but they aren't necessarily my favorite style. I just don't see what some guys have against accually using a belt to hold their pants up. I you ask me i think it would be embarrassing.

    December 18, 2007 at 4:04 pm |
  63. Zach

    okay baggy pants to me i think are okay if there just a little low and if you see someones boxers a little bit by mistake that doesnt bother me. but if someone has there pants hanging half way down all day and dont care then i think that is violating the dress code. not okay

    December 18, 2007 at 4:25 pm |
  64. Keri A

    I do not like baggy pants at all because when you have baggy pants and they go down low then other people might be able to see your boxers or underwear. SICK. I never let my jeans slouch. I think it's a good idea that Atlantic did that. If you have baggy pants GET A BELT. It's not that hard.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:25 pm |
  65. Brandon S.

    Well i personally dont like the baggy pants but i dont think they should be banded because some people dont like them and what about the people that do like baggy pants.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:26 pm |
  66. Courtney B.

    I also think that people wearing baggy pants look....strange. But, it's their decision on how they want to dress. Some people who wear their pants low may get into trouble , but that doesn't neccessarily mean they're bad people. Everyone has freedom to dress the way the like, but they should respect the things people want to see....HINT: DONT SHOW YOUR BOXERS!

    December 19, 2007 at 1:28 pm |
  67. Jeffrey W.

    I think it was a good idea to ban baggy pants. I mean, who wants to see a guy's underwear anyway? It also makes you look like a fool. I think that it is inappropriate, at least at school. Our school doesn't even allow cutoff shirts, so there should be no baggy pants in any school.

    December 19, 2007 at 1:29 pm |
  68. Courtney B.

    i also think that baggy pants are...strange. but people have the freedom to dress the way they like. This doesn't neccessarily mean they're bad people. The people who wear baggy pants should respect what people want to see....HINT: NOBODY WANTS TO SEE YOUR BOXERS!!!

    December 19, 2007 at 1:33 pm |
  69. Celia T.

    i think the people who wear baggy pants look like they dont care about anything. its gross how it shows their underwear. they should ban it from our school!!

    December 19, 2007 at 1:35 pm |
  70. No name

    I think the whole thing is stupid. I mean, no one wants to see people's underwear, but guys are guys. But, guess what, even if you're a really nice kid, people still get the wrong impression. Especially when they bend down WITHOUT wearing boxers!

    December 23, 2007 at 11:41 pm |
  71. lynn

    I think that who ever wears them are idiots!!!!!!!!!!!
    dude the people that wear them listen up, guys, do want a girlfriend? If you do then pull up your pants!!!!!!!!
    and girls if you want a boyfriend that is not a perv. then dont wear skin tight jeans!!!!!
    follow my advice!

    January 4, 2008 at 9:49 pm |
  72. Anonymous

    whats so cool about your boxers?? why show them? i once seen this kid whith his pants literally to his knees!! that was disturbing. i completely agree with the ban!

    January 5, 2008 at 4:10 am |
  73. Teacher

    I think baggy pants are ridiculous. Why would a responsible young man want to wear that. It makes them look like the prisoners they are emulating. The way they walk makes me sick to my stomach. We really need to introduce school uniforms to all levels. I think the Atlanta school board's decision to censure this behavior is in order and I hope they will enforce the law.

    January 7, 2008 at 11:58 am |
  74. ~Victoria!!

    Haha!! i personally rather see people (mainly guys idc about girls to much) in baggy pants then the super skinny geans that some people wear!!

    February 5, 2008 at 2:46 am |
  75. Lakeside=kk

    baggy pants are somewhat cool and not cool. all i'm saying is don't let till they touch your anckles.

    March 5, 2008 at 8:14 pm |
  76. Cerah

    I think people should have the right to wear what they want, i know speaking for myself i really dont like being told how to present myself or what to wear. I can see some people's concern about others wearing really baggy pants because its not that attractive. If anything i think they just should be limits.

    September 29, 2008 at 9:12 am |