Monday, March 20, 2006

‘Mertzing’ A Flash In The Pants

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – In the world of today’s fashion, high-waisted pants are expected to be “hem” today gone tomorrow.

According to fashion plates, “mertzing” is the act of wearing pants pulled up past the navel like I Love Lucy character Fred Mertz.

It’s also called “urkeling” by fans of the ’80s sitcom Family Matters, but it’s already wearing on fashionistas, who hope the high bellied look won’t last long.

Image consultant Montgomery Frazier says the current style is reminiscent of zoot suits of the 1940s. He calls it “urban” and “ethnic,” but says only a handful of rappers and pop artists are wearing their pants that way.

Meanwhile, New York-based life stylist Anne Chertoff says despite seeing some interest in mertzing, she doesn’t foresee it catching on with folks trying to cover up their “fuba” – fat underbelly area – also known as a “gunt.”

Chertoff predicts waist-lines will soon stabilize to normal because people want a “more tailored, more polished” look these days.

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