Balenciaga Criticized Over Sweatpants With Exposed Boxer Detail

The Balenciaga sweatpants, which go for nearly $1,200, have been criticized as being—in one Twitter user's words—an example of "gentrified sagging."


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A trompe l’oeil track trousers design from Balenciaga isn’t going over well on social media.

The trousers in question, as seen with a Sept. 9 – Sept. 13 delivery window on Farfetch at the time of this writing, features check boxer detail atop a pair of grey sweats with a loose fit. As seen in a hands-on clip, the “boxer detail” is designed to be visible above the waistline of the sweats. Notably, the phrase itself—“trompe l’oeil”—translates to “optical illusion” in English. 

On Farfetch, the bottoms are currently going for $1,190, which is in line with the usual Balenciaga price point. The design itself, however, has received pushback for—in the words of one Twitter user—being an example of “gentrified sagging.”


While this doesn’t mark the first time Balenciaga’s design choices have been at the center of an impassioned Twitter conversation, more recent news on the Paris-based luxury house has focused on the unrelated work from creative director Demna Gvasalia in collaboration with Kanye West as part of the extended Donda rollout.

Below, see more reactions to the trompe l’oeil sweats.

just a reminder that there has literally been legislation to criminalize Black people for sagging.

— h͎i͎g͎u͎n͎ + w͎a͎h͎íy͎e͎ (@blackgirldating) September 5, 2021

You have got to be kidding me 😭😭

— God’s Trophy (@TheJotDoc) September 5, 2021

There have literally been laws that make it illegal to have sagging pants yet fashion designers are profiting off of the same thing Black people were criminalized for. Dispicable

— Devan M. Vilfrard ✊🏾🇭🇹 (@ThoughtsFromDev) September 5, 2021

This can’t be real. I refuse to believe it.

— GNCordova (@GNCordova) September 7, 2021

First they ridicule and then they mimic.

— dean (@deanuyasha) September 5, 2021

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