Ready or not, low-rise pants are officially coming back. They’ve been looming in the distance for a while now with various celebs flaunting them from time to time, but I can confirm that 2021 is the year that the midriff-baring trousers are legitimately happening. (Cue the controversy.) Okay, before you try and cancel me for ushering in the next low-rise era, let me at least present the chic looks that I think you might just come around to.
On the S/S 2021 runways, designers presented a fresh take on the polarizing trend. At Dion Lee, low-slung trousers were part of a stunning 3-piece suit while at Miu Miu they were layered atop high-waisted briefs. Of course, celebs like Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski have been pioneering the low-rise look with their memorable street style ensembles and honestly, the sheer number of creative ways to style them has me convinced that maybe—just maybe—I could come around to the idea.
Whether you’ve been seeing them bubble up too or are simply curious to see the looks I don’t completely hate, keep reading for my favorite low-rise pant outfits from the runways, celebs, and Instagram.
At Fendi, suit trousers were reinterpreted in a baggy, low-slung silhouette that reads as surprisingly polished. Dion Lee’s lace-up waist pants are already on their way to becoming spring’s next It item. Styled with a corset top and blazer, this is such a fresh take on a 3-piece suit. The pant layering at Miu Miu coupled with the model’s heeled flip-flops screams early 2000s. Midriffs were another big trend we spotted on the S/S 21 runways. Here, the barely-there look is offset by an oversized flannel shirt. Clearly, relaxed suiting is set to be a major silhouette this spring and Sportmax offered another combination with low-rise trousers that’s actually quite chic. EmRata was way ahead of everyone else when she stepped out in this low-rise suiting look all the way back in 2019. Bella Hadid is no stranger to the low-rise phenomenon but of all her outfits, this casual-cool look feels the most approachable (and re-creatable). This simple tank-and-trousers outfit lives in my head rent-free and may or may not be the inspiration behind this whole story. What did I say about these Dion Lee pants becoming a popular item? If anyone can pull them off flawlessly, it’s Dua Lipa. Ultra-polished pinstripes are a fresh take on the low-rise look. Belly chains, another throwback trend, were basically made for low rises. If low-rises scare you, try one in a roomy wide-leg shape like these which are much more wearable. You really can’t go wrong with a matching set.