In 2022, it looks like skinny jeans are in and wide-leg pants are in—at least according to Millennials. Now, another trend is causing debate around the world: the return of low-waisted jeans. The low rider look has a slightly rock ‘n’ roll look that’s alluring in a Coyote Ugly kind of way. Still, people wonder if she favors certain body types and if it makes sense with the way fashion is moving forward today.
While Gen Z is totally obsessed with the low-waisted jean trend, as seen with Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner leading the charge, some Millennials aren’t quite sure if it deserves a comeback. Both low-waisted and high-waisted options have their advantages—here are all the pros and cons to weigh.
Pros of a high waist
High-waisted skirts and bands emphasize the waist and natural curves of the body. It can also add length to your body. Suddenly, you can pair flowing maxi skirts with a bralette out and about or wear pants with a simple tank top to the office. By covering the lower torso, high-waisted jeans allow for some pretty unique outfits.
High-waisted jeans are also a stylish option – we love them with a cropped sweater, but they can be worn with just about anything. They help to emphasize the hourglass figure and even act as shapewear, flattening the stomach. However, some people find it constricting and especially uncomfortable to eat.
Cons of high-waisted bottoms
Of course, using a high waist has its drawbacks. If you’re adding it to a specific capsule wardrobe, you need to make sure there are other clothes that will pair well with it. For example – shirts that need to be tucked or cut. With a high waist, you will always be faced with the decision to ask yourself: tuck it in or leave it?
Sometimes there are problems with both – if you leave them, the waist is immediately lost. If you tuck it away, it takes on a voluminous look. For this reason, some choose to go for a low waist as it can be a more versatile option for different outfits.
Also, everyone’s waist is in a different place. Some of us have short waists and some have longer torsos, so jeans will always fit somewhere different and not necessarily where they’re advertised. If you’re nodding off right now, you might consider mid-rise jeans, which are a happy medium.
For high-waisted items, you’ll need the right shirts and knowledge of the waist height.
Pros of a low waisted bottom
Low-rise jeans are everywhere this year, and even though they’re a controversial topic, we can see why people adore them so much. It shows off the lower half of your waist and hips, allowing for cool jewelry like waist beads. Just like high-waisted bottoms, they show off your curves and body in a new way. For a bold evening or party look, pair low-waisted trousers with a crop top and some chic jewelery accessories.
Cons of low-waisted bottoms
The influencers of 2022 look like something out of a time capsule from the 90s or early 2000s. However, this is not necessarily the most positive look and is often only encouraged on thinner bodies. Not everyone is comfortable showing off their stomach like this, and it leaves the stomach quite exposed. Everyone’s comfort level is different, but there’s a gorgeous low-waisted option for every body type—for example, you might feel more comfortable in a skirt with a looser elastic waistband than a pair of low-waisted skinny jeans.
Another downside to low-waisted jeans is that you have to be a little careful when bending over, as this garment can be more revealing than high-waisted alternatives. Also, low-waisted jeans provide less pocket space for phones and other accessories.
In the end, it all comes down to personal preference and how you interpret your own sense of style. And you can always mix things up = no need to be a dedicated short or tall person. Just go with your gut and wear what makes you feel confident!