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Luxury fashion brand sells ‘sagging’ pants; netizens slam it as ‘racist’

"Sagging" is a style in which a pair of trousers is worn significantly below the waist

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 8, 2021 6:24:53 pm
balenciaga sagging sweatpantsMen's Trompe-l'oeil sweatpants by Balenciaga have been criticised for mimicking the 'sagging' trend. (Source:

Luxury fashion brand Balenciaga has irked netizens with one of its recently launched products, with many slamming it for cultural appropriation.

The brand is selling a pair of sweatpants that appear to resemble the “sagging” trend, popularised by young African-American men.

For the uninitiated, “sagging” is a style in which a pair of trousers is worn significantly below the waist. It is predominantly a male fashion trend, known to have been popularised by skaters and hip-hop musicians in the 1990s. Later it became a symbol of cultural awareness and rejection of values of the mainstream society.

According to, the style was banned in many American cities as recently as 2019.

Balenciaga’s wide-legged sweatpants come with red and green waistbands. They cost $1190 (Rs 87,522.95).

Netizens were quick to point out that the pants that appeared to have “boxers sewn in” tried to create the “illusion of ‘sagging'”.

A social media user wrote: “@BALENCIAGA gentrifying cheap sweatpants and boxers has got to be the most annoying bulls**t I have ever seen. Like more than Igloo Australia rapping with a southern accent annoying. Y’all just love Black style but don’t want to give us any credit.”

Here’s how others reacted:

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