Fashion Faux Pas on Low-Waist Jeans
Fashion Faux Pas
What are low-waist jeans?
Also referred to as low-rise jeans, low-waist jeans are made of denim material often wear low enough to show a strip of underwear and sometimes belting them below the butt allowing full view (and sometimes even on HD, Lol!) of the backside cleavage. Some may say that low-rise or low-waist jeans both for men and women are indecent because of this exposure especially for women.
For men though, underwear showing above the rise is more common and accepted. Gangster fashion, with extra-large pants often makes a point of showing the waistband of their underwear or even lower, which does some consider as no class and displaying them is not considered a good taste.
For many, myself included, this is the worst fashion ever!
Do you own a pair of low-waist jeans?
A little bit of its history~
Low waist jeans were first popularized in the 18th century, where else but in one of the leading countries in the fashion industry -Italy. During the 1950’s, its popularity grew when teenagers began wearing them and thus, became the trend.
Did you know that low-waist jeans originated as a signal of being Homosexual?
Yes, you read it right. Once upon a time! While the trend of the low-waist jeans was going around the world, in the USA back then, inmates were not permitted to wear belts so their pants hang lower. Eventually though, prisoners intentionally wore their pants to some unlovely depths just below their butts to signify their willingness for sex.
Denims are simply a cool way to work the trend. Low-waist jeans in particular have been in and out of fashion. Around the 60’s, they were known as “hiphuggers” or “hipsters” and become really popular with the hippies and psychedelic cultures. It was during this time that celebrities and particularly, rock stars began to take the trend of low-waist jeans spreading popularity like crazy.
The trend then continued on through the years. It was a big hit in the fashion industry during the 70’s when the disco kings and queens revived them and put the jeans back in trend. The low-waist jeans spread out popularity once again like wild fire. However, this time, it was sported as ‘bell-bottoms’.
In the 80’s and 90’s the low-waist jeans somehow faded out, then replaced by the high-waist jeans, which in no time were again superseded by the low-waist jeans. This time, as popularized by the rebelled teens and youngsters who disliked their parents’ high-waist jeans or what they call the “momma jeans”. For them, the high-waist jeans weren’t just their style. They poked fun at it: “No, men, it ain’t cool” - so they say. Apparently so, street culture and maybe the hip-hop generation made the low-waists jeans popular again and has been the go-to style for many specially for the younger trendy generation.
As fashion evolves, so as the low-waist jeans. Now a days in the market, there is a huge selection of low-waist style jeans like, the hip-huggers, flare, destroyed and the low-slung baggy style, which is a click for a more preppie style. Made from the basic blue jeans, the low-waist jeans had hit the mainstream and then became contemporary.
Fashion goes back and forth but no matter how fashion changes, jeans remains a staple. Trends in the 2000s have shortened the pants length of many types of low-waist jeans and they may be featured with a pedal pant style, capri and the likes.
How low is too low?
-Low-waist jeans – is a kind where the waistband is within two to three inches below the belly button. This is apparently, the most popular rise in most denim brands especially for women.
-Super Low-waist jeans – is kind of deliriously low, three to five inches below the belly button.
-Brazilian Low-waist jeans – have a rather define waist type with mostly a two inch zipper. This type of low-rise jeans is becoming popular for its sexier cuts and high quality and original trimmings. Their superfluity is unique and it’s famously known as the Brazilian butt lift jeans.
Although these cuts and styles can easily be purchased as RTW, there are also places where you can actually customize your own jeans and have it fit and tailored for as low as you want.
Would you wear it just because?
It is maybe figure flattering for women and trendy for men, however, low-waist jeans are not for everyone and not everyone will enjoy it or will look good on it.
Fitting of a jean is very important for good image as well as comfort. If it looks proportional and comfortable enough, if it feels and look good then go for it! A little bit of advice though when wearing low-waist jeans: Master the art of squatting and learn how to bend with dignity without showing off your G-string. We don't need to see that!
And I wonder though how comfy it would be, if it's showing your crack at the back and would your crack really look good? Would your crack smile back to a stranger cracking giggles on your back?
Human rights & legal matters on jeans
As the trend clings tenaciously on this, legislators in the US made some attempts to outlaw the fashion. Specifically to stop people and specially the youngsters to display their underwear, claiming it is obscene and disrespectful and people sporting these jeans with their undies intentionally visible would be fined $500.However, the bill was not approved.
It was again followed up with another attempt, this time with a much lower fine of $50 for anyone deliberately showing his or her underwear. No luck, the bill was again rejected.
Another attempt was then made. This time by the school boards by revising their dress codes for students and in effect has banned low-waist/rise jeans or visible underwear.
Wearing low-rise jeans a criminal act in India
Jeans with a low cut waist are almost always a tight fit and in the recent study, it was found out that wearing tight low waist jeans and other stretch and tight jeans has repercussions in our health. Apparently, these trendy outfits put unnecessary pressure on our sensory nerve, which can cause pain and paraesthesia - a sensation of tingling, burning, pricking, or numbness on our skin, particularly on the thigh muscles when the outfit is tight and although it can be without any long-term effect, the condition can be transient or chronic. Hence, the impractical effect of a supposedly practical wear.
Do you think low-waist jeans are sexy?
If you must wear:
If you dare wear low waist jeans, wear moderately low and comfortable enough without hitching them up from time to time - that is ugly and simply annoying. Wear them with class and style, perhaps accessorize them with classic belts to make it look a lot groovier, top up with a slim-fitting blouse not necessarily midriff. You don't have to show off your strange fleshy bulges and so what if you're wearing a Victoria's Secret G-string or a boxer by Calvin Klein? That, we have no desire to see. So please, no whale tale hanging out.
And really, don't blame the jeans. It all depends on how you carry yourself. Geez, whatever happened to decency and dressing with dignity?
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