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The Dreaded Low Rise is Back – Will You Wear It?

Love it or hate it, the low waist is on the rise.

Last Updated on February 2, 2023

For the past few months, low-rise skirts, jeans and trousers have invaded my Instagram feed and TikTok FYP.

This old school style was popular in the noughties, with stars like Britney, Christina Aguilera and Paris Hilton often spotted baring their taut tummies. We thought we’d escaped it, but the fashion relic is making a comeback and it seems Gen-Z are loving it.

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Millennials? Not so much. As one myself, I’ve been afraid of the low-slung look for as long as I can remember.

Christina Aguilera wearing low waist jeans, a baker boy hat and a white crop top

But after buying my own pair of low-rise jeans after I don’t know how many years, they’re not as bad as I remembered.

The comeback of low-rise cuts serves as a reminder that fashion is cyclical nature. Most (if not all) trends reappear years later as something bold and new.

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t wear anything you dislike just because it’s now deemed ‘cool’. The most fashionable thing you can do is wear what you want and whatever makes you feel comfortable.

But honestly, whether you love it or hate it, the low-rise trend is on the rise.

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Are low-rise styles coming back in 2023?

Yes. Expect almost everything in your wardrobe to get the low-rise treatment. Scrolling through Instagram right now will feel like you’ve gone back in time to 2003.

Although this style may be polarizing, it signifies that fashion is becoming more provocative and embracing a strong femme energy.

Even luxury fashion houses are jumping in on the comeback, with Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Versace, Fendi and Coperni amongst the designers embracing it in their spring summer 2023 collections.

And who can forget that low-rise Miu Miu micro mini skirt from last year? Almost every celebrity under the sun wore it, including Nicole Kidman, Hailey Bieber, and Hunter Schafer.

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What trends will be popular in 2023?

The spring summer 2023 season is about breaking boundaries with an emphasis on having fun with fashion.

This year expect to see a lot of glittering sequins, playful tassels, and bold 3D shapes. For those who love bold styles, watch out for grand maxi-ruffles, 3D rosettes, and more intricate silhouettes than ever before.

Waist-defining corsets, babydoll nightgowns, and an abundance of lace were featured at many shows during Fashion Week.

Similar to low-rise cuts, more Y2K trends are expected to make a resurgence this year.

While Y2K-inspired style may have been viewed as a fashion mistake in the past, it has evolved to be a refined balance of eccentricity and style.

You can check out our article on the biggest spring summer trends you should keep an eye on this year.

Shop low rise jeans & skirts

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