Ever since the introduction of low-rise jeans, they have been popular and perceived as much sexier than high-rise or “mom” jeans. However, the jeans are not without their problems. Everyone wants to wear low-rise pants, but not everyone’s body type is made for the hip-hugging, midriff-baring style.
Low rise pants are not made to fit every body type, but still many people wear them. Butt sagging is a common problem associated with low-rise pants when you are wearing a pair that are too loose or just don’t fit properly. They fall down just enough to make it look like your buttocks are sagging and oversized. This isn’t a problem with higher rise jeans, which generally can’t fall down because they are tighter around the hips and actual waist or midriff.
Muffin Tops and Plumber’s Crack
Muffin top is the unattractive bit of love handle that hangs over the tops of low-rise jeans. People don’t need to be fat to have a muffin top, they just need to wear a pair of low-rise pants that slip down enough for their sides to be exposed. Plumber’s crack is a problem unique to low rise pants. When people wearing them bend or crouch, the pants slip down just enough to expose the top of their buttocks. Underwear may sometimes be visible.
Comfort and Movement
Low-rise pants aren’t the most comfortable of pants and don’t allow the widest range of movement. They are not made for bikes or motorcycles, most because of the problem of plumber’s crack. They require the wearer to hitch them up frequently and walk in such a way that they won’t fall down. Because they are often tighter than higher rise pants, in order to stay up, they may not be particularly comfortable, even when sitting down.
Tightness and Wear
Low-rise pants are often tighter than high-rise pants because they need to be tight to stay on our bodies. However, this means they rip and wear out more quickly, because the fabric is thinner, and is subjected to a lot of stretching. Thighs, knees and buttocks are all common places to rip your low-rise jeans, simply because of the type of material and style of jean.
References and ResourcesSlate: Hello, Moon-Has America's low-rise obsession gone too far?; Amanda Fortini; October 10, 2003
Bow & Tie: The Problem With Low-Rise Jeans (Part 1: The Denim Diet)
Bow & Tie: The Problem With Low-Rise Jeans (Part 2: The Denim Diet)
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Jeans and Accessories: The History of Blue Jeans