Dear non-skinny friends, I regret to inform u that low-rise jeans are back in fashion. Models Bella HadidAnd Andrea BillantesThey have been seen on several occasions, and searches in Europe for them have increased by 73% over the past 12 months, according The Guardian.
While I don’t mean to criticize anyone who wears them, the resurgence in low-rise jeans raises a question that was raised in the Y2K era and is still relevant today. WhenWill fashionTrends should be size-inclusive right from the beginning.
Because, my gays, my good girls, and theys I am tired of spending hours searching for a partner. “plus-size” version of a style that’s trending on Depop.
The Problem with FashionTrends You Will Love Low-Rise Jeans
WhenIt’s all about skinny privilege in fashionLow-rise jeans are the new trend. Where baggy, oversized pants help accentuate hips and butts and work with all types of bodies, low-rise jeans accentuate extreme thinness and petit waists, and—here’s the real kicker—are designed for people with toned and slim bellies.
You can wear whatever you like and look great as long you have confidence. But low-rise jeans are not for you. They’re just not made for people like me.
InFor people with a belly, low-rise jeans can emphasize that you have a stomach. ‘sun’s out tums out’ kinda way that a crop top does. It’s no joke, just the thought of wearing one is enough to trigger my body image insecurity.
It’s for this reason that people, namely, millennials who lived through the original low-rise trend in their childhood, are worried. The same body dysmorphia as existed in the past eras is back with the return of this trend. Our bodies are being made into commodities. fashionStatement again, and with it comes a whole new range body image issues for a young generation.
TikToker Colin McCarthy put it best in a video explaining why people were concerned about the trend coming back: “[with] the low-rise pants, skirt, and shorts that were popular—[from people like] Paris Hilton during [her] The Simple Life era— your body was the fashion.
“The clothes were so casual, it was like a T-shirt and jeans. You weren’t showing off what you were wearing, you were showing off your stomach. If you wore anything about a size two you were ‘fat.’”
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♬ original sound – Collin McCarthy
And look, low-rise jeans aren’t the only style culprit within the fashion world that feels size-exclusive but they are the one that’s gaining the most attention right now. In 2021, they’re the best example of the industry creating a trend that’s so unapologetically exclusionary.
Why Can’t Plus-Sized And Non-Sample-Sized People Get Into FashionWithout it being a political statement?
When new styles first begin trending, they’re often catered to a specific person and with a specific size in mind. These proposed sizes are often unrealistic and have been linked to eating disorders.
In an episode of Australian Story in 2016, Chelsea BonnerThe founder of a plus-size modeling agency pointed out that the average Australian woman’s waist size is between a 14 and 16 inch. A quick online search will show you that the average size of most online retailers is around 18.
So, what are the people who fit into a size 20 or greater supposed to do if they want to try a new trend and find out that the clothes for it aren’t made for their size? What are they supposed do if these new styles, originally designed for slim bodies, make their way into their lives? “plus-size”It is a community and people outside of it feel the urge to make a big point about this?
They can participate in a new program if they choose. fashion trend traditionally not made for people with their body shape, they’re labeled as political activists instead of fkn fashionImages
If someone likes, LizzoDrops a fire pic of her wearing a thong. Half of the comments are disgusted, while the other half praise her for being a body-positive queen. Standing next to fashionicon Harry Styles, she’s not seen as a fellow stylish model but, bizarrely, as an activist.
Think about it. Billie Eilish. WhenThe bomb dot com photoshoot she did in British Vogue, in a corset bra, became a hot topic of conversation. Some fans saw it as merely a symbol of the Gen Z style icon’s new era of music, but others either critiqued her for doing it, or called her “brave”She was a pioneer in her visual comfort zone. Mind you, she has been forced into a comfort zone by tabloids.
Would we treat a performer who is thin with just a few credentials in the same way? Tragically, I don’t think so.
As someone new to FashionSeeing This Trend brings You a Smile Back Old Trauma Of Feeling Like I Don’t Belong
Even celebrities are not the only ones who were body-positive activists and subject to the wrath. fashion gods, this story’s personal.
Growing up, I didn’t care much about how I looked or what I wore. My go-to clothes were a T-shirt from Redbubble that was disgustingly anime-printed and most likely made of food, a pair black tracksuit pants and a hoodie. Category is a cursed raccoon, half-way down in a garbage can realness.
Going to an all-boys school with a proper suit and tie uniform, I wasn’t experimental with my fashionOutside of school. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t want to wear nice clothes, I was just raised in a society that didn’t teach that I was *allowed* to.
However, 2020 invited cis men to wear skirts, crop tops, and play with the makeup. This was despite the gendered barriers of fashionbegan to shatter, and I, for first time in my entire life, felt included in this world fashion. Slowly, I started investing in high-waisted pants. outfitsMoving on to crop-tops and skirts, then corsets.
In2021, I make fashionIt is a part my self-expression. But, with the return of size-exclusive trends like low-rise jeans, I’m afraid that I’ll be left out of the wonderful world of fashionAgain.
Because of the cultural shift to vintage fashionWith the TikTok community accepting men being feminine, I discovered my personal style and was able to regain my self-confidence at its lowest. I suddenly cared about how I looked and presented myself to the world.
I owe a lot to my recent journey of self-discovery, embracing my queerness, and my growing wardrobe. In2021, I make fashionIt is a part my self-expression. But, with the return of size-exclusive trends like low-rise jeans, I’m afraid that I’ll be left out of the wonderful world of fashionAgain.
The world of fashionThe idea that both masculine-presenting and boys can wear feminine clothing is being accepted by the majority of people. What about plus-sized people who wear skinny-coded clothing but want to embrace the idea?
If you’re someone who can wear low-rise jeans, then you’re a great person. I’m not criticising the people who can participate in these fashionTrends. I’m merely criticising the tastemakers who put forth these ideas into the world and do so with only skinny people in mind.