Fashion company caught with pants down
We should have seen it coming. The saggy, show-your-boxers pants that have sometimes been enough to get a Black youth arrested are now a high-price, fashion statement for style-conscious dudes with dough. These Trompe-L’Oeil Sweatpants, selling for $1,190 USD, are ever-so-artfully designed to give the impression of a glimpse of boxer. So what was seen as slovenly, disrespectful, looking-for-trouble and verging-on-criminal in black youth is now de rigour for the monied. The elite shop selling the copy Cat pants has been accused of appropriating and/or gentrifying what originated as a defiant form of dress arising out of oppression and abuse.