Throughout the decades, teenagers have attempted to prove their coolness by wearing questionable accessories, hairstyles and items of clothing. Hindsight Fashion is a section about those trends that, in Hindsight, we probably wish we hadn’t worn.
This week’s Hindsight Fashion is Phat Pants.
Phat Pants (any pant with a very, very, extremely, ridiculously, over-the-top enormous leg width) were a trend that surfaced during the late 1990’s. Originally embraced by the Rave Scene, Phat Pants later became common fare in the Skate Punk Scene as well.
The appeal of Phat Pants was part of an interesting dichotomy. Wearers favoured the style due to its unique nature; Phat Pants did not resemble anything that one could purchase at the local shopping mall. However, wearing Phat Pants automatically identified the wearer as belonging to a subculture, a group of people who all looked remarkably the same. Simultaneously, Phat Pants set the wearer apart and blended them back in again.
The beauty of Phat Pants was their versatility. They could be made out of just about any fabric; the more unexpected, the better. I personally can say that I owned pairs of Phat Pants made out of Fun Fur, Rainbow Bedsheets, and Nylon (with complimentary Reflective Tape).
Though stylish, Phat Pants were extremely impractical. Being a Chilly Canadian Girl, I spent most of my teenaged winters trudging to and from the bus in deep, fluffy snow. Being as wide as they were, the bottom hems would drag on the ground, picking up chunks of snow as you walked. Cold air would travel underneath the pants and upward, encircling your legs in a thin layer of frost. And once you reached your destination and the snow melted, the wet, mucky mess would creep up the fabric, leaving you drenched from the knees down.
Somewhere around 17 I packed my Phat Pants away for good. I believe my Mother might still have a few pairs stashed away for posterity. Perhaps someday my own daughter will discover them and be astounded by the keen fashion sense of my youth. If not, I can always do the Phat Pant Shuffle for her, as a reminder that once upon a time, I too used to be cool.