Millennials really cannot catch a break.
Just as the dust had finally settled after a couple of disagreements between Gen Z’s and millennials over middle parts and skinny jeans, another issue has arisen.
Millennials are faced with yet another dilemma as it seems like the dreaded low-rise jeans are making a comeback. Similar rumours surfaced back in 2019 but then 2020 happened and the idea of belly button revealing pants was the least of anyone’s problems.
It seems this year is different though, and the jeans are truly climbing out of whatever hole they have been hiding in.
To blame for this years resurgence of the low-rise jeans conversation is of course the video-sharing app TikTok and model Bella Hadid, but to be fair the style was bound to make a comeback as more Gen Z’s are thrifting their clothes in an effort to make sustainable fashion choices.
The hashtag ’low-rise jeans’ already has over 34 million views on TikTok with users showing off their toned waists and some posting suggestions on how to style the jeans in 2021.
It is no secret that Bella Hadid loves a good ‘90s and ‘00s trend so when she posted a carousel of pictures wearing low-rise jeans that she paired with a low-cut striped collared shirt that also looked like it was straight from the 2000’s, nobody was surprised.
The model looked effortlessly stylish as she does in most of her clothes.
So why do millennials hate low-rise jeans exactly? Well, if you have a flat stomach like Paris Hilton or rock hard abs then the return of these jeans might not bother you at all, but for those that don’t meet this criteria it poses a real issue.
Anyone that lived through this trend in the 2000’s remembers how much scrutiny women’s bodies were put under during this time. All the ’It girls’ had belly buttons and stomachs that were flatter than a table top and the media at the time fetishized this body type making anyone that did not fit the mould feel horrible about themselves.
I remember this trend vividly as I would have to wear an oversized t-shirt over the jeans in an effort to hide my hip dips and ’muffin tops’. The only nostalgia these jeans will bring for me and most women are unreachable beauty standards and comparing stomachs.
Actress Sophie Turner recently told Vogue that she was offended that people were all of a sudden wearing low-rise jeans.
“It’s actually really annoying though, because just as I’ve had a baby, everyone all of a sudden wants to wear low-rise jeans. It’s kind of offensive!” she told the publication.
Famous LA based TikToker, Tinx, also expressed her hatred for low-rise jeans explaining to Gen Z’s that the style was the reason why she has body dysmorphia.
Users also took to Twitter to share their feelings on the return of low-rise jeans.
Whether we like it or not these jeans are coming back because in fashion once a trend starts everyone just goes with it.
But if you are like me and have an intense dislike (and yes it’s that deep) for low rise jeans here are some alternatives to try out instead.