Low Waist


Low-Waist or low rise is a look given to when garments such as trousers, shorts or skirts sit at the top of the hips. This was a style that became infamous in the 1960s through the hippie era with the name donned “hip huggers” at that time. They then transformed into low waist bell bottoms in the 1970s, worn by many rockers reaffirming that they were fashionable.

The 1990s was a popular era for low-waist trousers, Alexander McQueen created a mass want for such trousers from his classic “bumsters” in 1996 but as fashion went into 2000, low waist was seen to be styled in a jean and normally worn with crop tops.

S/S 2012 catwalks wished to see the low waist back featuring on aloof wide leg trousers, and this is just what it got. Both Ralph Lauren and Chloé emphasised width in pale colours, with Ralph Lauren in egg shell blue and Chloé in white, offering up a sleek chic look with the low waist trouser. Balmain utilised the low waist with a relaxed printed wide leg trouser that oozed casualness.

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Written by Hollyann Prince

Hollyann Prince, graduating in International Fashion Business at Nottingham Trent University next year, currently writing the Silhouette & Looks and Accessories section of the Dictionary for Catwalk Yourself. A lover of fashion history and everything unique.

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