How to Prepare for the Return of Low Rise Jeans

It started off as a rumor so we didn’t take it seriously. Bella Hadid wore a pair in 2017 but she’s a supermodel. We’re lucky she gets dressed at all. But now it seems to be impending. Low-rise jeans are making a comeback and you may have to wear then in the year 2020 if not this year.

The fashion analysts/sorcerers at The Cut were the first to say these jeans with the low cut waistline would once again return to the stratosphere even though we thought we had buried the last pair along with newsboy caps, velour jumpsuits and Paris Hilton’s last shred of relevancy. But oh no. They are rising from the grave.

Clawing their way through Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns and Sketchers. Both Man Repeller and BuzzFeed said we can expect to see them and we even saw some low rise pants on the runways of major designers like Tom Ford.

But why are we so upset? And let us assure you, the internet is quite upset. Take a look here. But are low-rise jeans really the worst piece of fashion of all time? Surely the corset was a bit worse as those literally changed the shapes of women’s bodies and, you know, wouldn’t let them breathe. Mumus are pretty depressing and don’t even get me started on gauchos. And yes onesies and jumpsuits get all the glory for being comfortable however ask me how you are doing when you find yourself naked at a Burger King bathroom at 2 AM.

Yes, your stomach is often exposed which means no more fries and more sit-ups (the worst of all fries and situps combinations.) Plus, we have to get used to see everyone’s thong again. But weren’t high-waisted jeans kind of intimidating when they first came out? Yes they are very flattering but they can be a little suffocating and can give you a bad front bum situation. Skinny jeans were also a lot when they looked like they had been painted on to your skin at one point. Plus, remember you always have the option to not wear the so-called “in” jean and just wear the kind of pants you feel like wearing. Even if they are sweatpants.

Meredith Lepore

Meredith is the former editor in chief of the women's career site, The Grindstone. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire @ Work, The Jane Dough, DailyWorth,, Business Insider and Learnvest. She earned her Masters in Magazine, Newspaper and Online journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time and enjoys reading, jogging, SoulCycle and playing with her small dog, Otis.

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