Low rise on the rise

Low rise jeans have been around for decades, with different ways to style and wear them coming into play.

Judy Silva, Food Editor

“Kids wore low rise jeans as a nod back to 70s bell bottoms and wanted a different way to wear denim,” said Elissa Ericson, a fashionable dance teacher.
Between the 1960s and 1970s low rise pants were created and named hip huggers. Young men and women would be frequently seen wearing these hip huggers with belts. These pants exposed the navel to fit into the sexual revolution that demanded for a free, and loose style to express one’s sexuality.
As history moves forward these pants will be seen coming back into fashion on multiple occasions. In the early 1990s, an English fashion designer named Alexander Mcqueen created a line of ultra low rise jeans, and at the time were called dumpsters. The goal of these denim pants were to show off protruding hip bones and rest below the waist.
“I’m heavily inspired by my friends and celebrities such as Britney Spears and Rihanna,” said Maddie Swansiger, a senior.
Throughout the 90s, a multitude of celebrities such as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Mariah Carey, popularized these denim pants. These celebrities were the main inspiration for the Y2K fashion style that includes low rise jeans. Some current celebrities that have hopped onto the trend are Bella Hadid, Ciara, Dua Lipa, and Willow Smith. Now that low rise jeans are coming back into style many clothing brands are offering their own pairs of low rise denim.
“I love going to Goodwill to find my jeans because it’s cheap and I can alter them if it doesn’t fit,” said Tilda Hanlon, a senior.
Some large brands that offer low rise jeans are Urban Outfitters, Aéropostale, Levi’s, and Hollister. Each pair of jeans can range from $20 to $60 depending on the design and cut. Some jeans can be straight legged, flare, and even baggy.
There are countless ways to style low rise jeans and it all depends on personal style. Hailey Bieber was seen with low rise jeans on, a colorful tank top, and a matching pair of heels. Katie Holmes was seen with a long sleeve sweater, low rise jeans, and black boots. Emily Ratajkowski styled her low rise jeans with baggy pants and a matching blazer. These pictures prove that low rise jeans can be styled anyway possible and leave room for creativity.