Teenagers in Gloucester say saggy-bottomed trousers are comfortable
NEARLY every teenager does it, but soon this fashion trend will be banned in a small town in America.
Youths that wear their trousers halfway down their legs in Gloucester say they do it because it's comfortable.
But those who do not conform to the new rules in Terrebonne Parish in Louisiana will be fined.
Offenders will be fined the equivalent of £30 for a first offence, £70 for a second offence and face a further fine and 16 hours' community service if they are caught a third time.
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Zac Fletcher-Berg, 17, a student from Gloucestershire College, said: "If that ban was introduced here, it wouldn't work with me.
"Sometimes they are just comfortable to wear like this, but when I am at work as a kitchen assistant, I am told to pull them up because they do not look smart."
Cameron Henderson, 17, also a student, said: "I do not have a problem with people wearing them that low, I do not often wear them low anyway."
The custom originated with inmates in American prisons, where it was used to send a sexual signal to other male convicts.
But it has now become a fashion trend.
Bicielnne Laneley, of Tuxedo Junction, said: "It does not seem to be a huge issue in Gloucester but you do sometimes see boys walking around with them really low.
"You would have thought the phase would have passed by now."
Although college student Pete Webb is guilty of wearing his trousers low, he does not know why he does it.
He said: "I have no idea why I wear them this low, I just do.
"Plus they are comfortable to wear as well."
According to Ondrea Mazer, 18, the fashion trend only works for him in particular materials.
He said: "I wear my jogging bottoms low, not my jeans.
"But I wear them low down because this is my personal style, I do not follow this as a fashion trend."
However wearing trousers so low can cause damage to the garments themselves.
Mohammed Karimi, of Smart Tailoring & Alterations in Southgate Street, said: "It looks terrible when people wear them this low but it also causes damage to the hem of the bottom of the jeans, so they must not do this."