Low rise fashion is a style of clothing designed to sit low on, or below, the hips.  The style is also known as hip hugger, lowcut and hipster fashion, and applies to garments worn by both men and women. Low rise garments include pants, jeans, shorts, skirts and bikinis.

The rise of a bottom garment is measured by the distance between the crotch and the waistline, or top of the garment, and is usually around 12 inches (30 cm) on regular pants. The average rise of a low-rise garment is approximately 8 inches (20 cm) with some as little as 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm). A normal low rise sits at least 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 cm) below the navel. A super or ultra low-rise sits 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 cm) below the navel.

The low rise fashion expanded in the early 1990s after the March 1993 issue of the British magazine The Face featured Kate Moss in low rise jeans.

Clothing manufacturer Levi Strauss & Co. introduced low rise jeans in December 2000, the top of which were about 3 inches (7 1/2 cm) below the navel. This style was later adopted for men’s wear as well. Gradually the wide acceptance of low rise pants by men led to low rise swimwear and briefs.

Popular Styles of Low Rise Pants:

  1. Boot Cut
  2. Flared
  3. Loose
  4. Straight
  5. Baggy
  6. Skinny
  7. Boyfriend
  8. Slim
  9. Low Waisted

Low rise pants look great when worn with tucked in blouses and a belt. If you wish to show off your toned abs, why not wear a crop top with your low rise pants?

Low Rise Pants Fun Fact: State Legislator Derrick Shepherd of the state of Louisiana in the United States made an attempt in 2004 to outlaw low rise jeans, particularly to bring a halt to the display of underwear under the pants, claiming it to be disrespectful and obscene. People spotted with the “whale tale” or “boxers showing” would have been fined $500.00 if the bill had become law. The bill, HB 1703, was rejected by the Louisiana House of Representatives.

The real low down on low rise (low waisted) pants!

Whether you wear your low rise pants as a way to display more skin at your waist, torso and hips, or if you wear your low rise slacks to clearly look cool and hip, there is no denying that when dressed in low rise pants you’ll love it!

Who’s got the look? You when donned in a lovely pair of low rise pants!

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