Low waist jeans. You didn’t think you’d hear that phrase again, did you? Well, they’re back and not only championed by your favorite street style stars, but they’re also filling the catwalks from New York to Paris and everything in between.
In short, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon that you thought was behind you for a long time. But before that, the question must be answered: how the hell are you supposed to wear them? If you want that loose, fitted feel you remember from your youth, but need a little help making them modern and elevated, turn to the pros who have welcomed the trend with open arms. Celebrities like Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, Teyana Taylor and more are here to provide all the style inspiration you need when it comes to your low-riders.
According to Gigi Hadid, go early and pair yours with a cropped polo shirt. Bieber keeps his casual with a shrunken white t-shirt. Julia Fox fashions bold all-denim looks (with low-rise bottoms) and Sara Sampaio rocks jeans so low-cut they don’t even have a belt.
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When going for a low rise in a sporty space, reference this casual look. Bella Hadid went for this baggy denim look, pairing them with a cropped athletic tee and classic black Adidas kicks.
Lean into the early years look like Gigi Hadid, who paired her baggy gray jeans with a shrunken polo shirt, just like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan taught us in 2001.
You can always count on Hailey Bieber to pull off this ultra-classic look. She wears her jeans with a cropped white t-shirt and platform sneakers, showing just enough of her torso.
Adopt all the great classics of the late 90s with a pair of vintage Tommy Hilfiger low-top sneakers. Take inspiration from Teyana Taylor and wear it with a brightly colored sports bra and trendy hoops.
The looser the jeans, the tighter the top should be. A more fitted top gives a certain balance to the voluminous look (ex: Dua Lipa adopts the trend of the bustier top).
For those who want to show some skin, Emily Ratajkowski is your muse. The model wears low rise pants with a barely there crop top for a casual look.
ICYMI: Head-to-toe denim doesn’t have to channel Britney and Justin. The MSGM label has proven that you can pair low-rise jeans with an ultra-feminine puff-sleeve crop top for a shocking cottagecore-inspired look.
There’s not a living soul who loves low-rise bottoms more than Julia Fox. The model demonstrates how to layer low-rise jeans and a denim bralette, either with more denim or a contrasting top instead.
When you want to balance out the sultry vibe of a bustier (especially a sheer one like Irina Shayk), try pairing it with grungy boyfriend jeans, instead of a more fitted bottom for a bit of cool contrast.
For the daring in search of trends, opt for the 2000s with your bottoms. Look for styles with period-authentic details – like pocketless, flared, or those without any belt to speak of, like model Sara Sampaio.
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