I was lazily browsing through the sale flyers of my Sunday paper when a thought (the merit of which I'll leave for you to decide) occurred to me: There is now heavy marketing of the fall fashions, which, as always, include sweaters. Now, these sweaters are quite colorful and come in a seemingly infinite array of patterns. As I surveyed the dizzying displays, I noted that it is widely accepted in many contexts of life to decorate one's torso with a colorfully patterned shirt, no matter the season. On the other hand, if one were to attempt wearing similarly expressive attire on his lower half, he would be mistaken for an out-of-touch golfer (or trendsetting one, depending on your perspective), a professional clown, perhaps, or someone who forgot to change out of his pajamas. Why is this? I do not believe that there is anything inherent in pants or the wearing of pants that would require them to stay below a specified level of colorfulness. How did it come about that we accept a colorful torso without question but have strong suspicions about the mental stability of one who wears expressive pants? Just wondering what you all thought about that. Some may say that the combination of wild shirts with pants is too much, and I agree, but I ask why not have a plain shirt and wild pants? Why hasn't this reverse taken root instead of the norm?