Tattoos, baggy pants and tank tops have given way to the J. Crew look for gang members in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, who are aiming to lower their profile in response to crackdowns by government security forces and citizen vigilante groups. The gangs are known for brazen tactics, such as beheading their enemies and covering buildings and their bodies with gang symbols.
With as many as 100,000 members in Central America and some 30,000 in the United States, this new fashion statement should lead to Gap for Gangs as well as a sequel to "West Side Story". I'd also expect The New York Times to be preparing a Style Supplement featuring clothing comfortable and suitable for those who will be beheading.