Aging millennials be warned – low rise jeans are back (but this time a little belly fat is okay)

A decade later, women wondered why they did it. “Low-waisted pants are walking billboards for extreme thinness and androgynous frames, but high-waisted styles can fit bodies of all shapes and sizes,” Rachel Syme, writing in The New Yorker in 2019. “They not only show off hips and butts — they demand them.

So it may seem particularly bad for aging Millennials — and their mothers really — that public enemy number one has returned. Lyst says searches for hipster pants are up 58%, while on resale app Depop they’re up 36% year-to-date. The good news, however, is that low-rise jeans are mostly worn by people who weren’t old enough to remember them the first time around. Or, more likely, who weren’t even alive.

This means that anyone over 30 can choose to ignore hipster pants fashion altogether. But if you’d like to try them, take comfort in the fact that we live in arguably more forgiving times than the year 2000. In the early 2000s, it was women’s bodies that were all the rage, not clothes – and trends were born out of a desire to show off tiny size 6 figures. It was the days of Heat magazine’s circle of shame, after all. But fortunately, popular culture has changed enormously over the past two decades.