Tuesday, November 22, 2005

From the Fort Worth Star Telegram



The old switcheroo: Guys wearing girl pants? Yep, you read it right.

By ERIN GROPE
Whatever Staff Writer

Editor’s note: We asked readers to guess which models were boys and which were girls in a photo display that accompanied this story on Page 10E of Tuesday’s Star-Telegram. Here are the answers: From left to right, it’s girl-boy-girl-boy-girl.

Teen fashion is a weird, fast-changing world, and the newest twist is a gender-bender. Take a stroll through the mall or stop by the local teen hangout and you will not be able to miss it: Boys are wearing girls' jeans. They're wearing them every day, everywhere, and for every reason. And for today's teens, this is all perfectly normal.

Guys have begun to shop in the juniors department for jeans, buying the tightest pants they can find. John Weimer, who works at Pacific Sunwear, said guys shop there all the time now for girl pants. "It shouldn't be normal," he said, commenting humorously that this trend goes against all moral values and traditions.

Trey Lyon, a junior at Boswell High School, wears girl jeans almost every day. So do quite a few of his friends. He explains it with what I've found is the most common reason for the phenomenon: He says he wears girl pants "because they are comfortable and they fit my style."

Not all guys are into the girl pants trend. This particular style is almost always related to the guy's music preference, as are most styles nowadays. These girl-pants guys typically refer to themselves as "hardcore" music fans (not to be confused with "emo" listeners, of course). Hardcore music can be described as "punk with a message," combining stop-and-go rhythms with harsh vocals. They and many others who enjoy this musical version of self-expression let their individuality show by dressing in this formerly unheard-of way.

One female salesclerk at American Eagle said that she can always tell when a guy comes in to get girl jeans. "They just kind of look around . . . so I tell them what styles they will like best, and when they try them on they like them."

"Guys almost always come in with other guys," Weimer said. "They are very secretive about it, too," as if they don't want anyone to know what they are about to buy.

Though some guys in girl pants have girlfriends, they usually don't share jeans. "We wear the same size, but we have never shared pants," Trey said of his girlfriend.

Popular stores for guys looking for girls' jeans are American Eagle, Hot Topic and PacSun. And, guys, take it from a girl: Target and Hollister are also good places to find girl pants. Just don't be scared to ask for help!

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I wonder if they wear panties, too? -- Ronny

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