How to Wear Low Rise Jeans Three Different Ways This Spring

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It’s not as scary as you think!

I think we can agree that there was a lot of good and a lot of bad in the early 2000s. Good: anything Beyoncé, velor tracksuits, Jennifer Lopez in this The Grammy dress. Bad: felt men, invisible eyebrows and beyond toxic body ideals. But the most controversial Y2K trend of all? How to wear low rise jeans.

Thanks to designers like Miu Miu, Diesel and Bottega Veneta, and style icons Dua Lipa, Hailey Bieber and Bella Hadid, under the belly button has come back with a vengeance. Influencers all over the world are ditching their high-waisted items and embracing low-rise skirts and pants to stay on top of the ever-changing fashion cycle. And discovering how to style low-rise jeans is new to Gen Z, who were all too young to appreciate fashion in their day.

But for those who are hesitant to replace their towering size with a more revealing strain, fear not! The key is to slowly introduce the silhouette into your wardrobe and play around with pieces you already feel comfortable in. However, if your fashion mentality leans more towards “go big or go home” territory, we’ve got you covered too. Below, we’ve covered how to style low-rise jeans for beginner, intermediate, and advanced Y2K fashionistas.

Beginner

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Repeat after me – change is good! Start your adventure with low-rise jeans with a top you’re already comfortable with, then just switch up the bottoms. As seen on this influencer, this oversized pink blouse can work with high or low rise jeans, but the revealing plus size adds an extra oomph. Bonus style points if you match your shirt to your shoes.

Intermediate

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In times of chaos, we usually look to the past for comfort. Instead of struggling with natural nostalgia, dive in head first and pair your low-rise pants with other quintessential Y2K pieces. Take inspiration from influencer Lauren Licup here by pairing a corset with a bag wand, and you’ll look like you stepped out of a time machine (but in the best possible way)!

Advanced

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In the immortal words of Megan Thee Stallion, it’s time to embrace that ody ody body. And let’s be very clear: low-rise pants and jeans are made for all body. Just because we’re bringing in a 2020s trend doesn’t mean we have to take toxic body ideals with it. No matter your shape or size, be bold and show off all the beautiful parts of yourself. Swap out your basic crop top for an all-denim version for an extra dose of fashion flair, as seen on Julia Fox below.

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