This thread caused me to wonder if there are any future fashion trends that are so absurd as to be safe from occurring in the future. To the now-middle-aged generation, the cool thing was to wear pants tight enough to proclaim one’s religion, but now the trend has gone to the other extreme. I watch kids wearing hip-hop fashions and I say (to myself, of course) “Is that even safe? Looks like you’d get tangled up easily, and forget about operating machinery with all that flapping material. Where’s his waist anyway? Does he have a crotch? That heavy-set fellow’s thighs must be rubbing against each other constantly–how can he stand that?” etc, exactly as my parents must have wondered about my painted on pants in the 1960s.
I’ve speculated that, in order to get a rise out of me, my teenagers (now 19 and 15) would have to go much further than merely piercing themselves, and I told them that, to be truly shocking, they would need to insert a piece of wood or bone clean through some body part, which neither of them has taken me up on so far. What’s your nominee for some future fashion trend designed to appall the baggy-pants generation? How far, IOW, will their kids have to go to make these baggy-pants kids exclaim, “Wow, that’s so ugly, and so unsafe, and so unsanitary…”?