Originally Posted by StarvingArtist
You can swing the concensus with logic though. If you're brilliant enough to give a logic to the tradition, then it's win win for everybody. If not, then the only way to adapt without completely alienating the traditionalists or the public is to come up with a really cool origin for the suit and a reasoning why it looks the way it looks.
Personally I like it the way it is, but that's just me.
Okay, he wears his trunks on the outside because when he came to earth he grew up near the circus and was inspired by the strongmen. He knew about his strength by now,fyi. So, he goes home and dresses up like them and wears his trunks on the outside. When he grew up, he wanted to inspire and be almost an imaginative figure, so he kept this tradition.
While making his costume, Ma Kent puts his trunks on the outside based on the circus strongmen he used to look up to. Clark always thinks it's ridiculous, but he honors his mom's costume for him.
That's how the Kryptonians do things.