Low-rise jeans are back and millennials are triggered

USA – The early 2000s fashion stable of low-rise jeans are making a victorious comeback, and it's giving millennials a real case of PTSD.

Olivia Rodrigo rocks a pair of low-rise jeans at Disneyland in California.
Olivia Rodrigo rocks a pair of low-rise jeans at Disneyland in California.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/oliviarodrigo

Don't you just love how fashion seems to be a revolving door of styles that get remixed and modernized by younger generations?

To make matters worse, Gen Z isn't solely to blame for the resurrected trend of low-rise jeans, either.

Unlike middle parts, skorts, and high-waisted mom jeans which were forced down our throats by those born between 1997-2012, the low-rise jean has taken center stage thanks to celebrities like Olivia Rodrigo, Rihanna, and New York Fashion Week.

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But it wouldn't be a true fashion staple in 2022 without Gen Z's approval, and unfortunately for millennials and anyone with common sense, they have given it their blessing.

If you're reading this and asking, "What's so bad about low-rise jeans anyway," we're happy to provide several reasons why they should be burned at the stake and buried for good.

After all, we eradicated them for a reason, and the world needs to know the downfall of this slippery denim slope.

No room for error

Christina Aguilera was the queen of low-rise jeans in the early 2000s.
Christina Aguilera was the queen of low-rise jeans in the early 2000s.  © Collage: IMAGO/United Archives International/Everett Collection

For those who weren't alive and thriving as a pre-teen, teenager, or college student in the low-rise jean's glory days of the early 2000s, let someone who was catch you up to speed.

Amongst the many reasons millennials and Gen Xers cannot and will not stomach this style is due to its utter inconvenience.

Think about it: on a pair of jeans with a one-inch zipper, there's not a lot of room for error in terms of wardrobe malfunctions.

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Simple things like getting in and out of a car, picking up the phone you just dropped, or sitting down in your seat at a show quickly turns into fashion faux pas.

You might've spent hours in the gym perfectly toning your stomach for its low-rise jean and crop top moment of glory, but having a killer six-pack won't mean anything when you're giving people a front-row seat to the butt crack show.

Nowhere to hide when your hips don't lie

TikToker Prymr has been flaunting numerous pairs of low-rise jeans as of late, and she doesn't seem to be slowing down.
TikToker Prymr has been flaunting numerous pairs of low-rise jeans as of late, and she doesn't seem to be slowing down.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/prymrr

Though low-rise jeans nearly caused a scene in 2021, the surrounding craze was fleeting, and millennials were able to exhale – if only for a moment.

Fast-forward to 2022 and the heart-wrenching fashion staple is making its rounds while proving that this time, the trend-setting Gods mean it when they say it's here to stay.

What those fashionistas in the Heavens above didn't consider was how people whose hips certainly don't lie might – quite literally – fit into the regurgitated Y2K mold.

This isn't a new problem, but it's certainly one that's been imprinted as a lesson learned into the brains of those who struggled to find a pair of jeans that actually fit their curves back in the early 2000s.

If you have even the slightest existence of hips or a backside, feeling confident rocking a pair of jeans that rest dangerously close to your nether regions can be difficult.

With nowhere to hide the parts of you that you're still learning to love – something high-waisted jeans are great at – it makes you wonder: why would anyone not want to wear a pair of high-waisted denim, especially when the alternative is low-rise jeans?

While something may be on-trend and all the rage in the fashion industry, it doesn't mean you have to subscribe to it.

From a millennial who's been there and done that, know it's OK to wear whatever you want – even if it's not what's on your Instagram feed.

Cover photo: Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/oliviarodrigo

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