Farewell, High-Waisted Skinny Jeans. The Low-Rise Returns

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Fashion brands including Miu Miu are leaning into low-waisted looks for spring. But some women aren’t quite ready to revisit the early 2000s.

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But many women who have already gone through the first incarnation of this trend look at its return with horror. Chloe Kernaghan, co-founder of New York-based Sky Ting Yoga, was one of those people who joined a bunch of moans when I asked her about the low rise. As a teenager in Guam, she wore low-waisted jeans, with gel-stained hair and a one-sleeved tank top. Nearly 20 years later, she prefers high-waisted pants because of their “beautiful lines and proportions that accentuate the figure.” She said, “Now that I’m in my mid-30s, the idea of ​​doing it all out seems less appealing to me. I want more coverage.”

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“Some people dread it because it’s not a universally flattering cut,” admits Gabriel Held, a New York vintage-clothing dealer and stylist, who has styled her nostalgic, pop-culture-inspired styling work in recent years. As a teenager in the early 2000s, he bought an iconic pair of Frankie B. low-rise jeans at the Soho boutique Scoop (in a transaction involving the coin roll), and sometime back in his Added a similar pair to the Old Collection collection.

Last time too, low growth was dangerous. For simpletons like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and the midriff-flaunting cast of “The O.C.”, low rise was an effective way to flaunt Atkins-diet-flat abs, but not everyone saw it that way. In 2003 the newspaper deemed the style’s tendency to expose butt cracks as a “fashion emergency”, reporting that, “There have not been so many backsides on public display since the streaking craze of the 1970s. ” The trend also influenced shirt length, with long T-shirts such as the move by California brand C&C to literally fill the gap when crop tops left little to the imagination. Scenic thongs became a thing.

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“I think the goal, at least in the 2000s, was to get as little growth as possible without being really obscene,” said vintage dealer Mr Held. On the recent Miu Miu show, he said, “that line is being pushed as well.” That collection, which was shown last week in Paris and created by Miuccia Prada with design director Fabio Zambernardi, was the kind of quick, chic slap on the face that can re-train the eyes and that we’ve been through for months and here. Even wear in the coming years can change that. Styled by cool-kid agitator and frequent Balenciaga collaborator Lotta Volkova, the collection mixed camel-and-navy preparations with low-waisted slacks and miniskirts. The long-sleeved button-up and sweater looming over the exposed midriff and tomboyish dicky-ish bottoms recall an unlikely heroine: Canadian singer Avril Lavigne during her pop-punk heyday of the early 2000s.

Miu Miu wasn’t the only one to push the notion of a low waist for the spring season. In Coperny, Paris, designers Arnaud Vaillant and Sebastian Meyer opened their Ibiza-club-inflected show with a low-slung pair of black party pants, and new mom Gigi Hadid in a stunning, low-waisted tube skirt. In Milan’s Versace, Donatella Versace cut some skirts below the hip bone, with a latex example dipping to reveal the tropical printed panties below.

Rok Hwang, the designer behind Rok, played with style with the concept, showing off skirts that could be opened at the waist to reveal a bit of all-belly-button skin. Mr Hwang, who studied at Central St Martin’s in London from 2004 to 2009, wanted to channel the “radical energy” of fashion at the time, but said that more than any particular context, form and sexuality served as a way to reflect it. promoted his decision. below the waist. “After the pandemic,” he said, “I wanted to feel a little bit more optimistic and lighter because I feel like we’ve put on a lot of heavy clothing.”

Of course, some rare birds never give up on their low-waisted pants. Britney Spears is a very famous person who has been in the news this year. Her sometimes unkempt Instagram feed almost always featured the kind of midriff-focused low-waist look that her video for “…Baby One More Time” helped popularize in the late ’90s . Ms. Karnaghan, a yoga teacher, explained the low-waist current flow to Ms. Spears. “It’s like Britney, and let’s bring back everything she wears,” she said. “Britney is having her moment and with that, we’re all going to go back to the one-inch zipper.” Or will we? depends on you.

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