Fashionable Rebellion

Amanda Fortini made the case for low-rise jeans as a political statement:

But the strongest argument for the persistence of the trend might simply be that we want to dress like the '70s because we feel like we're starring in a reprise of that decade: Our economy is bad; we're entrenched in an occupation abroad; we mistrust our government at home.

Because I firmly believe that women's fashion should revolve around my tastes, I offer a purely aesthetic critique. When it works, it's great. The problem is that very few women can pull it off. Too often, the horizontal dimension below the top of the jeans becomes smaller than that above the top of the jeans, destroying the hourglass, and that just looks plain wrong. That part of the female anatomy should not take on a scrunched-up appearance like happens so often with low-rise jeans.

And if they're simultaneously showing a lower-back tattoo... well, there's no bigger turnoff. Except maybe smoking. Besides, tattoos lost their rebelliousness a long time ago. These days, they're about as edgy as minivans.

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i agree that when it's good,

i agree that when it's good, it's very very good, and when it's bad, it's horrid. it's all in the right fit.

as a low-rise jeans wearer, i have to shout out for the comfort factor as well. those "mom jeans" with the highrise waist are too constricting, and they make one's caboose look at once flat and HUGE.

Of course, there's always

I like tatoos myself.

I like tatoos myself.

Our economy is bad Huh?

Our economy is bad

Huh?

Actually, I just realized

Actually, I just realized that article was originally published in 2003, so that probably explains the "economy is bad" comment.

I recently saw an ad for

I recently saw an ad for Dolce & Gabbana jeans, in which a male model was sporting ultra-low-rise denim, exposing the beginnings of a very hirsute nether-region. I guess that's the fashion today, in which case I'm hopelessly out of touch.

Something about showing "bush" is terribly unsettling

Something about showing

Something about showing “bush” is terribly unsettling

That's why I shave my pubes.

There was a comment down

There was a comment down here last summer about the continuing trend of rather over-weight young ladies wearing low-cut jeans - with obvious consequences in the form of "overhangs" and worse.

Overhang in front - "single muffin"

Overhang both sides - "double muffin"

Bum-crack showing - "split muffin"

Let's face it ladies, there are some things that some women just should not wear. My wife looks fantastic in tailored trousers, few better!! But put her in a pair of low-cut jeans and the picture changes - not for the better either...

"And if they’re

"And if they’re simultaneously showing a lower-back tattoo… well, there’s no bigger turnoff. Except maybe smoking. Besides, tattoos lost their rebelliousness a long time ago. These days, they’re about as edgy as minivans."

THANK YOU! I have been thinking (and saying, when people will listen) this for a long time. And I am so going to use that "minivans" line one of these days.