Gen Z sparked controversy when it canceled skinny jeans earlier this year. Now, they’re calling on the return of low-rise jeans and initiating yet another war on what’s hot and what’s not in the world of denim.
A product of the Y2K era, low-rise jeans were a staple among pop stars and the then-teens who worshiped them. Low-rise jeans gave way to skinny jeans and higher rises by the mid-2000s, but as with other trends from the early aughts, like platform sandals, midriff-baring tops and chunky plastic jewelry, Gen Z is rediscovering and reviving the once-dominant styles.
According to global fashion search platform Lyst, year-on-year searches for low-rise jeans are up 57 percent—specifically those with flare and baggy fits.
From slouchy boyfriend fits to ankle-skimming skinny jeans, here’s a look at how to introduce low-rise jeans back into your closets.
For those not ready to part with skinny jeans, this pair from Guess provides a low and snug fit. Featuring 14 percent spandex and 2 percent elastane, it offers superior stretch and comfort.
2. Lilly Pulitzer
White and neutral color palettes are currently trending alongside low-rise fits. Gear up for summer with a pair that checks both boxes.
3. Free People
To channel Gen Z, opt for these low and loose chinos from Free People. With exaggerated cuffs and pleating, this style looks pulled-together but feels like loungewear.
4. G-Star Raw
A boyfriend fit is more authentic with a low rise. This pair from G-Star Raw is tailored just enough to look effortless while hugging all the right places. The brand is also size inclusive, with styles available through size 22.
5. Citizens of Humanity
Citizens of Humanity offers a low-rise that is tapered to the ankle, making it the perfect skinny jean for summer.
6. Rag & Bone
This pair from Rag & Bone features extreme distressing and a frayed hem for a vintage look. Pair with a classic T-shirt for a casual day indoors.
Everyone loves a good pair of mom jeans, but dad jeans are another trend that deserves attention. This pair from GRLFRND features a low-rise and relaxed fit that’s sure to win over even the most hesitant.
8. 7 For All Mankind
Gen Z gravitates toward low rises and flared fits like this 7 For All Mankind style. The medium blue wash gives off an authentic, lived-in look.
9. True Religion
The cousin of skinny jeans, cigarette fits offer a body-hugging look without the restriction of a traditional skinny. This pair from True Religion is a good transitional style for those who have a hard time letting go.
10. The Ragged Priest
Low and wide, this pair from The Ragged Priest channels the baggy styles of decades past. Pair with a tight top to further exaggerate the fit.