According to fashion plates, mertzing is the act of wearing pants pulled up past the navel like I Love Lucy character Fred Mertz.
Its also called urkeling by fans of the 80s sitcom Family Matters, but its already wearing on fashionistas, who hope the high bellied look wont 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 doesnt 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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