The fashion police – on patrol in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Well, the fashion police will be on patrol on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey.  Wildwood, a resort town on the Jersey Shore, is taking issue with over-exposure.  The town enacted a new ordinance after a number of complaints about the droopy drawers look that leave rear-ends exposed. 

Wildwood isn’t the first community to enact such a law. Such laws have also been enacted in the suburbs of New Orleans, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, and Jacksonville, Florida. among those who have passed laws banning overly droopy pants.  Apparently, there is a limit to society’s patience with this fashion trend.

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Those in violation of the law will face a first-time offense fine of $25.  Subsequent violations could result in fines up to $200 and 40 hours of community service. Wildwood is laying down the law – either pull up your drawers or pull out your wallet.

Some ACLU chapters have said these droopy drawers laws are unconstitutional.  Hmmm…I find that difficult to believe.  I think local jurisdictions can make laws that address minimal decency standards.  Walking around in public with underwear purposely exposed is not really defensible attire.

This law reminds me of the Virgina Beach cursing law.  In its efforts to be a family-oriented vacation spot, the city created an ordinance that bans profanity.  If you want to cuss like a sailor you better go to a different location because Virginia Beach is having no part of it.  I wonder how that sat with the ACLU when it was first passed…do you suppose they threw up their hands and said, “WTF?”

I am not a fan of the droopy drawer look – I really do not understand the allure.  I can see where folks would find it bothersome.  I am also not a fan of the “whale tail” look (when a thong rides higher than the backside of the pants).  Underwear are called underwear for a reason…they are worn under your other clothes.  They are not supposed to be part of the outer outfit and if they show they become part of that outfit.  If folks can’t have the sensibility to keep their underwear under wraps in public then they should be fined by the fashion police.

What I am waiting for now is the brave city that will take on the below challenge.

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Come on, let’s get a movement going to say no to crack!  This is a sight we can live without.  Let’s fine violators who scar sensitive citizens’ psyche with an unwanted flash of crack.  Seeing actual fanny is far worse than the boxers shown by droopy drawers.  Oh yes, I like the potential this whole fashion police movement has…so many ills to be cured. ;-)

Day one thousand four hundred and thirty-six of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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2 Responses to The fashion police – on patrol in Wildwood, New Jersey.

  1. Miki T-B says:

    If I want to know what size and color someone’s underwear is, I’ll ask them. I don’t want to see it walking down the street in front of me. I always have to the urge to either finish dropping down someone’s pants for him or give a good yank up on someone’s thong underwear since it’s obvious she wants the world to see it…so let’s see it all!

  2. Sheri says:

    One day I will figure how in the HECK they actually keep them at that level without them falling to the ground. I have never understood how gravity works with this style! :)

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