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Fashion Faux Pas on Low-Waist Jeans

Updated on July 20, 2015
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Fashion Faux Pas

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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!

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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.

The trend~

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 low for low waist jeans?
How low is low for low waist jeans?
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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?

No, really we don't need to see that!
No, really we don't need to see that!

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

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Health Effect

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.

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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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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Maria: Wow! What a very engaging feedback you have left me here. Thank you. Your comment alone makes a good article on HP already. Just a thought. :)

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      Maria 3 years ago

      Oh…oops, didn't mean to end comment…I looked it up; Low rise pantswere first worn in the late 60's, early 70's. You have confused low rise and simply JEANS. IT IS JEANS that were invented in GENOA ITALY in the 17th Century! Thats where the name comes from. There have never been low rise anything before, as the way a low rise sits on the body is due to stretch of the fabric. That is why the hip huggers worn in the 70's were what we would today call a mid rise. Just an inch and a half below the belly button. The invention of Lycra which gives todays denim stretch is a very recent thing. High rise was the standard for all jeans in the 1920's, the 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's( although there were hip huggers, the predominant jean style of the young and old was high rise) 1980's, 1990s…then at the end of the 90's people started wearing low rise…..until 2008 thats all there was, but in the late 00's high rise started creeping back. If you want to see vintage fashion its very easy look at pictures ; Factory Girls in their high rise jeans in the 30's and 40's Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe in her teens wearing jeans as Norma Jean Baker, 50's Audrey Hepburn, a Young Grace Kelly in jeans and penny loafers in the 50s Bridgit Bardoe who was the rock and roll youth sired in the 60's Farrah Fawcett, Jane Birkin in the 70s. All these fashion icons in their youth are pictured in high rise jeans. Even in pictures of Woodstock you will see that the jeans are very definitely high rise by our definition. The truth is that most of the lifetime of jeans they have been high rise. Its not the start of a high rise trend, its the ending of a low rise trend. Of course if you enjoy them, wear them! Personal choice is important no matter what, as you say its the way you carry yourself. But the classic way of making pants is to align the waist with the natural waist of the human being…about at the belly button.

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      Maria 3 years ago

      I like that you answer every comment like that, and I thought you picked an interesting topic.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Maria: Good for you. Generally, there's nothing wrong with the low-rise jeans. It's how you carry yourself really. :) Well, thank you for reading and commenting. It added value to the hub. Appreciate it. Cheers!

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      Maria 3 years ago

      I threw away all my low rise jeans last year. Its played out. I generally wear high rise now.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Pinkchic18 - thank you for your visit. Appreciate your feedback. I'll see you on my next hub stop.

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Let's all just vow to keep our pants up high where they should be! Nice hub here.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for your readership monroele. I guess, it's simply the trend and just like any other trends, this too will soon fade away. I believe the high rise style is soon getting a come back as per some fashion police.

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      monroele 4 years ago

      I hate low rise jeans, but it seems impossible to find waist high jeans nowadays. I have never seen so many bad looking figures as with the low rise jeans. Most women who wear them look deformed in them. I do not understand why they are so popular.

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      rosalindaursery 4 years ago

      Really a great blog i love it and i also enjoyed alot while viewing it

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you for your readership. Appreciate your effort in leaving a feedback. Watch out, this high waist or or natural waist line jeans are soon coming back in fashion...cheers!

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      tranquillite 4 years ago from New York, NY

      Low-waist jeans I have always wanted to wear but my body type doesn't permit it! Which maybe I should be happy about. But also, getting older I've lean more towards the natural waist line which is always a classic!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Yes, Sharkye11! Posture is important. You are right girl but then again, whatever makes them happy. Thanks again for reading and for your feedback.

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Posture is definitely a plus. I hate to see people slouching in the low jeans. it makes them look like they have a humpback and no rear end!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thank you Sharkye11. Nothing against the low waist jeans, it's how people wear it and carry themselves that matter. I wear them in fact but I don't show my underwear purposely--it's just not comfy for me to show that to the world and I wouldn't be happy. Lol! So, I'd go for what will make me happy---no undy (kidding)!

      Seriously, thanks for dropping by. Appreciate your comment.

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great hub. I love low waist jeans, but don't like wearing them so tight that I can bend or move in them. My theory is that the lower the waistband on the pants, then the longer the shirt needs to be--on certain occasions. Underwear that shows is not appropriate for certain environments. Casual and party time? Go for what makes you happy, I say! Voting up!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I personally believed that comfort and fashion should go well together. And, though it's hip doesn't necessarily mean we hop on it. I hope you feel better with or without bra. Thanks for your visit; appreciate your comment. Take care.

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      kathysdiary 5 years ago from Inside my World

      Wow yes, fashion & health was an excellent thing to mention! I'm actually under doctors orders to either wear a sports bra that's a size too big or not wear one at all! At my age I'm not going in public without some cover!! I have bad shoulder problems that cannot be fixed with surgery and he said to reduce pain medication, g0 without. Well I have to say it's both uncomfortable with or without! So it hinders going out places or getting the amount of exercise I need! Yeah I wish I had of been more careful to not get the shoulder injury but sometimes we have NO WAY of knowing!

      So the tight jeans on the lower back, yes that's painful too! This all began to come into light as I got older and realized why the elderly wear stretch clothing! Very sad indeed! v-up!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ha..ha..ha...I could just imagine them. Thanks for dropping by Redberry Sky--I like that name. (:

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Ah, the classic 'the warden done took ma belt' look. Stylish. My brother once unwittingly and naively went up to a girl wearing low waist jeans and told her very discreetly that her knickers were showing. She wasn't impressed, but she did hitch up her jeans :)

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Indeed, I think it's the worst fashion ever but we can wear it with class and style as mentioned in my hub. Muffin top, eh? You are so funny! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      Good hub there is nothing worse than low-rise jeans with fat hanging over the top known as the muffin top. Very few girls look good in them. I absolutely hate men with most of their underwear on show it looks so scruffy and I often wonder how they keep the jeans up.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Thanks for coming back to my hub. I'm glad you enjoyed it. We can't be serious at all times and look like a frowning crack! (: Appreciate your comments and for sharing it. Yes, you are right coffeegginmyrice, this trend is unsightly, worst fashion ever! Peace out my friend~

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Nice hub Cris and I enjoyed it! I would vote to have this jean fashion killed! It is not pleasing at all. I wish I could pull it up for someone :)! And because it is still an ongoing trend, there is nothing much haters can do about it except from the manufacturers' end, but again...profit.