Welcome to I tried this monthwhere we find a new fashion, beauty or Wellness Every day in January, an article telling firsthand how to shake up an old habit, step out of a comfort zone, or just try something new. Follow storytelling for 31 days, from 40 days without a cell phone to the polarizing trend of low-top pants.
I have an immediate reaction when I hear someone say the phrase Flachbau. My eyes widen, my fear flares up, and a tremor hits my face. As you can imagine, I avoided the waistline at all costs – that is, until one day I stumbled into a vintage boutique in my neighborhood and tried on low-set pinstripe pants that, surprisingly, I didn't hate. I admit I even liked her.
After that moment, I couldn't help but notice how fashion is trying to bring everything back to Y2K. From comfy flip-flops to velor tracksuits to low-top pants, the fashion era that everyone loves to hate is back and while it made me nervous at first, I had to see what the hype was about. So I faced my fears, ordered a pair of low pants (and a pair of low jeans) and in the spirit of guinea pig journalism, I just went for it.
On the catwalks, many designers have given the trend a modern twist, as shown by a number of S / S 2021 collections. So I collected a handful of my favorite styling moments from Dion Lee, Christopher Esber, Sandy Liang and Sportmax and used them as inspiration to actually make the creepy trend wearable. However, I should explain that the styles I tried on weren't the low skinnies of the past, but sloppy and wide-legged silhouettes that feel current for 2021.
Whether you see them bubbling in the air too or are just curious how I styled them, read on for four low pants outfits I put together and the runway looks that inspired everyone.
Next up: I removed 31 things from my closet in 31 days – see the discard pile.
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