Hanging out with your unmentionables

By Andrea Edl

As I attend classes and go about my business here on campus, I cannot help noticing (and I’m sure I’m not the only one) how low everyone’s self respect is with regards to clothing.

Students are traipsing around everywhere in their heavily saggy pants with boxers hanging out, strappy tank tops with you know what hanging out, extreme low-riders with skimpy little underwear hanging out and countless other horribly inappropriate clothing choices.

Now, I’m all for individuality. Please, by all means, express yourself. But please do so without forcing the rest of us to see parts of you that only your doctor and significant other should see!

The students on this campus seem to have a serious lack of respect for themselves and others. Showing undergarments and too much skin is simply an act of disrespect to not only the people who are forced to see it, but to the person who is showing it.

First, let’s address the baggy-pants-boxers-showing people. The only question I have is a simple one: what is the appeal behind this crazed fashion trend? What moron thought it would be neat to buy pants eight sizes too big and wear them halfway down to his knees, revealing whatever hideous pattern was adorning his boxers?

There’s not that huge of a problem with this until the five inches of boxers are visible. If you must wear pants that are much too big for you, please cover your undergarments up with your shirt. At least the rest of us won’t be forced to see what kind of underwear you got for your birthday last year.

Secondly, let’s talk about the strappy-tank-top-showing-way-too-much-skin people. Maybe you think you’re being sexy and you enjoy members of the opposite sex staring at your chest.

Well, if you are going to class just to see how many people check you out as you walk into the room, you’re in the wrong place.

You may as well stop wasting the thousands of dollars you’re spending on tuition and spend it instead on the $5 cover charge to get into a bar or club where your mind-set is appreciated. You may be getting positive reactions from some people here on campus, but most of us don’t want to see your revealing clothing any more than your grandmother does.

And lastly, let’s address the low-rider-pants-skimpy-underwear-showing people. I’m aware this isn’t always a conscious clothing decision. The pants sometimes just sink below the visible underwear line unintentionally. Regardless of how it happens, this is inexcusable.

When you buy pants, you should try them on and sit down while you are in the fitting room. This is a wonderful way to find out if they fall too low and reveal your pretty little underthings. If they do, don’t buy them! Find a pair that fits better and does not sink that far when you sit down. If something is showing that shouldn’t be before you sit down, that’s even more of an incentive to put them back on the rack. They’re not for you.

To those who do it intentionally, I simply ask why? Most people do not care to see what you scored during Victoria’s Secret’s last sale. If underwear was meant to be seen along with your other attire, we wouldn’t call it underwear.

Bottom line: While on campus, please stop showing off parts of your body and undergarments most of us would rather not see. It doesn’t make you look good, it only reveals your lack of self respect and makes you look sloppy and stupid. Save it for when school’s out.

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