I still like low-slung jeans best

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And they’re getting harder and harder to find now that higher-waisted jeans have taken over.  I’ve tried to get on board—and have one pair I like a lot—but for the most part, I still feel like low-slung jeans are more flattering and so much more comfortable, at least for me. (I know some people swear that high-waisted jeans are more comfortable, and I will never understand this.) Here’s a nice boyfriend cut from Frame.

I love a grey jean and these are pretty  nicely priced.

FromUniversal Standard: just a really good, slightly faded-out black wash.

And here’s a really clean wash, with no whiskering or fading whatsoever: so tough to find.

These have a bit of a flair, which is sort of fun.

I’d wear this pair with a simple white button-down.

These look so relaxed and slouchy, but not sloppy.

Red jeans are appealing in a slightly Euro way.

I just love the wash on these: clean, clean, clean.

 

I haven’t gotten tired of frayed hems yet, and think they’re really good here.

I prefer a more beaten-in black jean, but am including this pair for those who prefer blacker-than-black. I also like the crop.

These are so classic, I picture Lauren Hutton wearing them in the 70s. I realize she wouldn’t have been wearing skinny jeans in the 70s, but that’s where my mind goes.

I like the button-detail at the ankle here.

And finally: a slick coated pair that looks exactly like leather but costs a lot less.

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32 Thoughts on I still like low-slung jeans best
    Netsky62
    16 Oct 2017
    9:40am

    Let me start by saying I love your blog, but I still don’t understand how you can pay more than $200 for a pair of jeans? What demographic are you speaking to? Most people I know wait for Gap jeans to go on sale to be able to buy a new pair. I make a decent salary, but I am not going to spend 2 weeks worth of groceries on a pair of jeans.

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    joannawnyc
    16 Oct 2017
    10:12am

    I have a short rise and low-rise is generally above my navel. I like things to fit at my waist, but haven’t tried any high waist denim yet–I’m a little afraid they’d be up around my armpits.

    Per the Lauren Huttom reference–I bet she would have been wearing straight leg jeans!

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    mlinky
    16 Oct 2017
    10:20am

    I’m with joanna. As a petite person, the low rise usually fits comfortably at or just below my waist, so I can buy normal sizes. In high waist jeans, I have to find petite sizes.

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    Candy
    16 Oct 2017
    10:28am

    I agree with Kim. I like the low-slung jeans best for how they look and for not squishing my stomach. What really irks me, though, is how the fashion world trashed high-waisted jeans as “mom jeans” for years, then suddenly decided they were what we all should wear.

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      Heather
      16 Oct 2017
      10:46am

      To be fair, I think the “mom jean” was more about a high-waisted-yet-baggy jean that flattened the butt into nonexistence while tapering at the bottom to make the thighs look as large as possible. So not really the high-waisted skinnies you see all over now, which are definitely flattering on people who are relatively slender but lack a defined waist — the same people on whom low-rise jeans are a ticket to Muffin Top City, so vive la difference!

      Those awful normcore jeans I see more of in LA than NY, though — THOSE are the mom-jeans of yore, and frumpy as they ever were.

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        Viajera
        16 Oct 2017
        10:55am

        When you say normcore, do you mean you are actually seeing high rise jeans with *pleats?* I think the pleat is what really pushed the Mom-jean of old over the top. Whereas I am seeing tapered legs on everything and no one seems to mind! It’s odd.

        I like mid-rise too. This was a fun post. I don’t know that I like skinny styles though. And I’m still not sure what size I am in the weird jeans sizing. Guess I’ll have to go try some on, egad!

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          Heather
          16 Oct 2017
          11:02am

          YES. There are women roaming the hills of Echo Park right now in pants that are either the real vintage thing, or a horrifying facsimile.

          Sometimes in acid-wash!!! The mind, it boggles.

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            Heather
            16 Oct 2017
            11:54am

            The horror, indeed! And that equally awful mid-wash blue.

            I bought a pair of higher-waisted jeans last year and really like them. I have a pooch, and low-rise anything tends to exacerbate it, as it folds over the top. These hold me in a bit more.

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      DeDe
      16 Oct 2017
      1:47pm

      That’s just the nature of fashion, though – something’s in for a decade or so, then its opposite cycles back, ad infinitum. To me it just demonstrates how truly subjective style is. There are no hard-and-fast forever rules about what looks good and what doesn’t, just a hell of a lot of opinions. So you might as well wear what you want!

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        Debra
        18 Oct 2017
        9:05am

        Exactly.

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    Tricia
    16 Oct 2017
    11:41am

    I like some of the high rise jeans. I’m a little taller with a longer torso and get tired of my butt hanging out everytime I bend over for something with a lower rise. The high rise jeans at Madewell are really good. Can’t do the baggy acid wash thing though.

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    Mary Alice
    16 Oct 2017
    11:59am

    Low rise skinny jeans emphasize everything I want to hide – they create a muffin top, make my butt look huge, and taper down to my skinny ankles to create a turnip shape. A higher waist and a slightly straighter leg balances the proportions nicely.
    I’m going to go out on a limb here, but I think low rise skinny jeans flatter very few women.

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    JSL
    16 Oct 2017
    12:35pm

    I’ve got a massive, Kardashian style backside, so low rise jeans are a nightmare for me – they generally don’t cover everything that needs to be covered, especially when I sit down. I want so badly to look good and be comfortable in them, but am resigned to the fact that it’s never going to happen.

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    Callie
    16 Oct 2017
    1:02pm

    low rise jeans only look good/feel comfortable on skinny straight bodies! everyone else oozes out. I can’t bend over in a pair of low rise jeans without obscenity resulting, the years when these were the only option available were so awful, I had to search out vintage jeans. I have a perfect pair of levis 505s from the 70s that are slowly dying and the thought of finding something to replace them is so depressing as levis changed the cut and fit of their jeans every year so no vintage pair fits the same.

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    lesa
    16 Oct 2017
    1:26pm

    Some of these comments about what body types work and don’t work with low rise jeans really surprise me — I always figured the reason I didn’t feel comfortable in them is that my waist to hip ratio is too high — that is, I don’t have much of a butt, and always felt like they were falling off. Now that I do have a bit more of a tummy than I had in my youth, it’s just exacerbated the problem because I have that whole ugly muffin top thing going on. Not a great look. I love the return of high waists because it does sort of hold everything in — it not only looks better, it feels better. That said, I don’t like to tuck anything in (even partially) because it just looks too 80s. Guess you can’t have everything.

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    suz
    16 Oct 2017
    2:31pm

    I will never understand why “there can be only one” – whether glasses frame shape or jean cut.

    Personally I am glad that the tyranny of low slung skinny jeans is ending. I have high hips and am therefore short waisted – low slung are awful as they give me a muffin top that is actually my hipbone. Just not workable at all. I have been wearing vintage bootcut jeans for years now, unable to buy a new pair. So, it works both ways. higher waist jeans are much more flattering to curvy women. Low waists tend to make curves look lumpy. I am looking forward to being able to find jeans that fit my waist and aren’t floods.

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      Jenny
      17 Oct 2017
      10:31am

      Was that a Highlander reference?! I love you, Suz.

      I embraced low slung when they first showed up, because my jeans were always way too tight at the waist when I was in my 20s/early 30s. But then middle-age happened, and my proportions got all changed around or the industry fit models changed, and now high waist are great and low-rise awful for the reasons discussed here.

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    Francine
    16 Oct 2017
    2:59pm

    Oh gosh, I love denim. Really, really love denim. This post is right up my alley!

    First, let’s decide on what low-rise is…5″ rise? 6″ rise? rise? (Do you remember Levi’s super low? I think those were 4″!)

    I remember cursing the low-rise, skinny jean trend, but then time passed, our eyes adjusted and the silhouette became the norm.

    Mid-rise/lower rise (I think that’s 7-8″)are my personal fave. I do have a skinny pair of 9″ rise from Current Elliot that just “locks & loads” and with boots, looks great.

    The MOM jeans are a whole other enchilada. I tried on Madewell’s high rise, wide legs and they were comical. My ass looked like a drive-in movie screen. I came out of the dressing room and showed the salesperson, saying “these are hideous!” Her response, “Well, that’s how the girls are wearing them. They want that flat-butt look.”

    I mean, seriously, who on earth wants that? What’s the point of all those squats and lunges? But of course, the women wearing them are under the age of 30. I figure that every generation gets their weird-ass trends. And if these kids want big flat butts, go for it.

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      Mary Alice
      16 Oct 2017
      6:31pm

      Your post made me laugh out loud 🙂

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    CJ
    16 Oct 2017
    3:09pm

    I loathe high-rise. Even mid-rise are too high on my torso. I used to live in jeans & pants, but it’s impossible to find low-rise these days that aren’t basically leggings. I’m willing to pay for them considering I literally wear them everyday for years, but there just aren’t that many out there. Thank goodness for Shopbop & Nordstroms–at least they list the rise in the measurements.

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      themis
      16 Oct 2017
      8:49pm

      Meeeee toooooo. I am petite, but even if not – menopause tends to thicken us at our waists, so anything set to cut in at my belly button or higher is going to pinch me horribly. Luckily, I have other curves I can highlight, but putting all the spotlight on where I’m straightest looks flat awful. Low waists can curve below my lack of waist, and I can then camouflage my lack of waist by wearing tops that go to my hip.

      I’m sorry, things that cut my waist make my stomach really hurt. How are all these women in high-waisted jeans not gassy -?! I was stuck with that style back in the 80s, I’m can’t put myself through that again. Bless you, Kim, I needed this post.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        16 Oct 2017
        11:17pm

        Lol! 😂

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        CJ
        19 Oct 2017
        3:18pm

        Cosign! Setting aside how unflattering they are, I have a belly and it’s like wearing a corset all day! Even if they aren’t tight, so uncomfortable. I’d much rather wear low slung w/a top &/or jacket that covers my midsection.

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    Kelly
    16 Oct 2017
    4:21pm

    I love how higher waisted pants suck in my love handles.

    I’m pretty much envious of anyone over 40 who doesn’t have some amount of muffin top/hip chub overhang that could use some concealing — but I guess if one is super thin or short waisted maybe this isn’t a concern, yeah, I’m jealous.

    Omg the pictures I have of me (way thinner than now) from the nineties with the super baggy cinched in giant belted waist jeans a la Jen iced Aniston in Friends — eww!!

    But then a lot of these millennial were probably toddlers in the era of Friends and Felicity!

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    moi
    16 Oct 2017
    6:12pm

    I have a body type that isn’t ideal for low-slung. Although I’m tall, I’m also pear-shaped with a long torso, so most are a nightmare of plumber crack proportions. But five years ago I discovered a brand called Koral that made a really great low-rise skinny cropped jean that actually look good on me, as long as I do a casual front tuck.

    That being said, you’ll have to pry my Rag and Bone high-waisted skinny jeans out of my cold dead hands. Those are pretty genius for someone built like me.

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    Lindee
    16 Oct 2017
    10:49pm

    Most “girls of a certain age” bodies have changed enough that low-rise just doesn’t work anymore. But I just can’t stand the idea of a high-rise either unless the legs were cut just right–not too full, in a darker wash.

    WHY is it almost impossible to find dark jeans with NO whiskering? And under $100 please? Kim, please get the word out…

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    Mamavalveeta03
    16 Oct 2017
    11:04pm

    In my mind, nothing looks sexier on a woman than a low-slung jean (We’re not talking “whale tail” low!). Alas, my chub flub requires a more corset-like fit…definitely not comfortable…which is why they come off the minute I return home.

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    Labee
    16 Oct 2017
    11:06pm

    Yes!! I have long legs (yay!) but a really short torso. High rise pants stop right below my boobs and I look ridiculous!

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    y.k.
    16 Oct 2017
    11:53pm

    i read all the comments – fascinating.
    i’m a straight flat as a board type, w/ some lower abdominal bulge so high rise just accentuates the wrong part. w/ a belt & a top that hits about the waist, low rise creates the illusion of some kind of shape.
    well, that’s my story & i’ll be sticking to it even as the pendulum swings.

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    Lesley
    17 Oct 2017
    4:27am

    Viva la mid-rise!

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    Lorange
    17 Oct 2017
    7:34pm

    I’m all about the high rise these days, but that’s just because it’s what works better and feels more comfortable for my body. I have a really long torso, broad hips and a curvy butt. Low rise jeans cut into my hips, create a muffin top and expose my butt (or make me feel like I’m about to expose my butt). Not exactly a relaxing clothing situation! Maybe we’ll get lucky and going forward lots of rises will always be available.

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    Debra
    18 Oct 2017
    9:16am

    I wish jeans designers and the fashion overlords would visit this blog and take these comments to heart. Vive la différence! Don’t cram any one design down our throats! Give us options. As for me, incredibly long-waisted martian that I am, I’ll take high rise. And if, as Francine says, the kids are going for the big flat butt look now, I’m on fleek.

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