How to Sag Your Pants

Two Parts:Sagging Your PantsUnderstanding Social Etiquette

Sagging your pants can be a fun fashion choice or political statement. Make sure you know whether it is acceptable to sag your pants before doing so. You can sag your pants at various heights but be sure to be comfortable enough to move around without them falling. Many people have different opinions about this fashion choice.

Part 1
Sagging Your Pants

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    Put on your desired pants. You may choose jeans, slacks, long pants, and even shorts. Choose the pair of pants that you are comfortable in, fasten them, and wear them as normal on your hip line.[1]
    • Some material may be difficult to sag so be sure to test your underwear and pant combination. For example, jogging pants may easily slide off underwear made of silk or synthetic material.
    • Jeans and jogging pants are the most common types of pants that people sag. If you sag jogging pants, make sure to have a drawstring that you can adjust, tighten, and knot into place. People also prefer to wear gym shorts between their jogging pants and underwear to help set their sag into place. Jeans can be set into place with a belt or by finding the right measurement of waist to fit around your upper thighs.
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    Sag your pants. Shift your pants down to the desired length. They may already be loose so you may need a belt to keep them at the desired height. Choose from the following[2]:
    • The high sag that shows a lot of the waistband of your underwear. This goes well with designer underwear to show off the brand name.
    • The medium sag exposes half of your underwear which, in turn, shows off half of your butt.
    • The low sag exposes your entire butt and almost all of your underwear.
    • The medium sag without underwear exposes your nude butt. While it usually exposes the upper half, it could expose the majority.
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    Scrunch boxers. You could emphasize the sagging look by bunching up boxers at the top of your sag. As you shift your pants further than your desired height, pull up and gather the material of your boxers above the waistband of your pants.[3]
    • You may use your hands to further spread out the material to your desired look.
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    Choose a belt. A belt can be worn out of necessity or fashion. If you are sagging your pants particularly low you may need a belt to keep your pants in place.[4]
    • For an extreme sag you will need to pull your pants so that your butt is completely exposed as you make the front of your pants slightly higher. Tighten your belt diagonally so it’s just above your thighs in the front and below your butt in the back.You may use your hands to further spread out the material to your desired look.
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    Create a double sag. Wearing boxers and gym shorts under your pants creates a double sag. You will basically be showing more of your gym shorts as you sag your pants while you expose the waistband of your boxers as you sag your gym shorts as well.[5]
    • Make sure that your gym shorts are tightened as they usually are made of slippery material that can cause your pants to slip off if there’s too much movement.

Part 2
Understanding Social Etiquette

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    Put on presentable underwear. When you sag your pants your underwear will be visible. Make sure you choose boxers, briefs, or boxer briefs that are clean and don’t have any damage. You may also choose designs that will particularly pop when revealed.[6]
    • Bold colours or cartoon characters can catch the eye.
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    Understand that sagging pants has been associated with prison. Some state that sagging started because inmates are not allowed to wear belts for fear of creating weapons.[7]
    • Being unable to wear belts in prison along with being issued clothes that don’t fit properly created pants that naturally hung below the waistline.[8]
    • Convicts carried this style back home after they were released.[9]
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    Avoid purchasing pants that are too large. Another reason why someone would sag his pants is because he is going through a growth spurt and can’t afford the constant change in sizes. Young men might be issued baggy clothes that they could grow into. Make sure that the pants are slightly larger than your current size so that it doesn’t create a comical oversize look.[10]
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    Avoid putting yourself at risk with the law. Many states have banned sagging pants because of its association with prison inmates. You may be unfairly profiled if you sag your pants. You may want to avoid the look entirely to avoid unnecessary suspicion by strangers and police.[11]
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    Find your own style. Sagging pants has been popularized by hip hop culture.[12] Whether you embrace the hip hop look or create your own, make sure you are comfortable with your own appearance.[13]
    • Rappers often come from backgrounds that sagged pants for necessity and later turned it to fashion. Be prepared to defend your fashion choices and carry yourself with self-respect.[14]
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    Make a political statement. You may sag your pants to make a statement about social injustice and personal rights.[15] You may feel like the government is making an infringement on your civil liberties if they are taking away your fashion choices rather than focusing on changing social conditions that create these choices.
    • If your style comes into question you may ask, how low is too low? Should lawmakers be in the fashion business and be able to dictate what we wear and how we wear it? How does the constitution come into play?
    • Whether it’s political or fashion, your style can make a statement. Make sure you understand what your choices are saying about you. You may have to pay a fine or other consequences for your sagging pants. You may also find yourself being unfairly judged. Sag carefully.[16]
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    Find out whether it’s allowed. Sagging pants may be against school rules.[17] It may also be illegal in your city.
    • Cities in states including New York, Georgia, Michigan, Louisiana, and Alabama have all passed laws against sagging pants.[18]


  • If you sag at half-butt or a bit higher, don't pull your pants up every few steps just because they are sliding down your butt a bit. Remember, the fun of sagging is the sensation of your pants being low and almost falling down.
  • Try wearing boxers in a color that contrasts with your pants (like yellow, red or green) so they show better.
  • When sitting, check if the place is clean, Surely you don't want to get your boxers dirty, especially if you're wearing white boxer briefs.
  • If you're a little self conscious at first, just expose the elastic waistband of the boxers.
  • Buy loose pants (two sizes up in the waist than your normal size) so they can fit where you want them.
  • If you need to run, pull your pants up a bit or you will risk your pants falling down. You don't want to be seen tripping due to your sagging pants.
  • If you don't wear a belt, put your hands in your pockets to help keep the sag up.
  • Some schools prohibit this trend. Be aware of your school's dress code.


  • Be careful with pranks, such as wedgies (pulling your pants or boxers way up, sometimes painfully), slaps in your butt (as your pants are sagging, your butt might hurt) and pantsing (pulling your pants down, if your boxers are low, you can lose both your pants and boxers). Any situation in which your pants fall down can be very embarrassing.
  • Sagging pants may impede the wearer's comfort and ability to walk.
  • Avoid this trend at formal proceedings.
  • Avoid putting heavy things in your pockets. If your pants have an elastic waistband, are very baggy, have no belt holding them or are just too low, your pants might fall down.
  • Many people see sagging pants in a very negative way.

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