In Fashion, Everything Old Is New Again: High-Rise Trousers

The waistband of high-rise trousers typically sits on your natural waist.  Meanwhile, the area of your body that lies between the top of your hip bones and the bottom of your ribs is your “natural” waist (as opposed to an adjustable waistline).  

You can feel the difference in size between your hip bones and your ribs as well as the inch or two of soft tissue that lies between, if you place your hands on your own body right now.

Everything Old is New Again

The high-rise trousers trend was a thing as recently as 2015 or just a year prior to the historical 2016 Presidential Election. Senior citizens favor high-waited fashion by default as well. So why is it a trend in 2024?

  • A Fitting Summer 2024 Trend: Occasionally, people discuss how high rise relates to the navel, but this isn’t always useful because everyone’s waist and navel have a different relationship. Regardless, people young and old love well-designed trousers that fit well on a high waistline.
  • Perfect for Most Formalwear: The purpose of clothing is to accentuate your best features. You don’t have to be the fittest guy to look amazing in a well-tailored outfit! One such item is a pair of high-waist pants.
  • The Classic Accent is a Universal Fit: The classic high-rise accent helps you stand out from the other guys wearing menswear in the formalwear arena. It’s a great fit and even seniors go for high-rise fashion because of how good anyone looks in a suit.
  • The 2020s is the New Roaring Twenties: High-rise pants, also known as high-waisted trousers, were common from the 1920s to the 1950s. For the record, rise is defined as the distance from the top of the pant to the crotch seam.  Also, 2024 is open to an evergreen type of trend.
  • The Effect and Appeal of High Rise: The widest part of your body and the precise location where your body appears to be halved—your belly button—is where these pants sit on your “natural” waist. They can even be made to be higher, though (with certain limits).
  • Appear Taller and Get Longer Legs: Your legs will naturally appear longer because your “visual legs” begin higher up on your body with the high-rise. Also, these pants look great on people with shorter legs or who are shorter in stature.

Factors to Consider

Your natural waist is the slimmest part of the body for most people. It is the smallest your waist can get, which is one reason pants nicely fits at this height. There is some room for error—about one or two inches—in the natural waist.

However, because pants cannot be lower without passing over those hip bones or higher without touching the ribs, it is a more precise pants line than most other positions.

Women’s Fashion Trends for 2024

What’s the hot trend for fashion in 2024? In particular, what’s in and what’s out for women’s fashion? Spring & Summer 2024 in the fashion show world is all about brand names and new lines that you need to see to understand and believe.

The current fashion news cycle in terms of women’s fashion trends is all about Phoebe Philo and her newest Phoebe Philo fashion line. The designs were supposed to debut back in September 2023. The spontaneous digital drop helped set the tone of today’s fashion by the industry’s biggest trendsetter.

Voicing Out Women’s Angst through Muted Fashion

The second wave of feminism bemoans the disparity of female executives and male executives in an industry designed to cater to women. This demoralizing reality comes with a problematic political backdrop and a sobering economic slump.

Thusly, the fashion trends of 2024 in spring and summer mostly involves muted palettes and modernist black & white dresses that lot out the color-box bright hues that typically come with the seasonal changes. It represents the continuing angst of women liberation seeking true equality and equity.

Retina-Searing Red and Discreet Chic All Around

The redness of the shirts, blouses, pants, dresses, apparel, and accessories of current women’s fashion stand out even more than before with these muted tones that express a fire of hope amidst disillusionment amongst many women today.

What’s currently out in summer are obviously statement gowns. What’s currently in is discreet chic fashion that include wardrobe staples like good jeans, trouser suits, pencil skirts, and trench coats. Furthermore, minimalism is also in as consideration for the thinning budgets of the modern 2020s women.

This redness in muted summer colors represents post-pandemic trends like body positivity and an increased nuance when accepting the LGBTQ+ community. You can see this redness populate many a runway currently as a statement of the absolute state of 2024 feminism.

Is There a Woman Designer Problem in Fashion?

Aside from Phoebe Philo, the Stella McCartney fashion line is also eponymously run by Stella McCartney, which is a far cry from other fashion conglomerates that are mostly run by male executives.

Only Pucci and Dior have female creative directors amongst the largest luxury conglomerate of LVMH. Meanwhile, the second biggest fashion company is Kering, where not one brand is controlled by a female executive or even a POC.

It’s like industry-wide mansplaining over the female voices that should dominate women’s fashion. This should change as more people become aware of the disparity and make moves to change things for the better for the sake of diversity, inclusiveness, and equity.

1990 Women Fashion: Back In A Big Way For 2024

Fashion trends seem to come and go but more significantly it comes back. We’ve seen a lot of fashion styles resurface and make a comeback in the recent years and it seems that 90’s fashion styles are in it for 2024.

What’s in the 90’s?

Grunge Fashion was a popular style originating from the music scene. It was characterized by oversized flannel shirts, ripped jeans, band t-shirts, combat boots, and disheveled hairstyles. Oversized, loose-fitting and baggy clothing was a prevalent trend in the 90s which was highly influenced by hip-hop and the streetwear culture. Flannel shirts were a signature piece of the grunge fashion movement. They were often worn unbuttoned over band t-shirts or tied around the waist for a casual and effortless look.

Crop tops were also popular trend for both casual and formal wear. They were often paired with high-waisted jeans or skirts, exposing a portion of the midriff. Denim was a staple fabric in the 90s. Denim jackets, jeans, overalls, and skirts were all the rage. Double denim or “denim on denim” outfits were also popular.

Platform shoes, particularly platform sneakers and sandals, were a defining footwear trend of the 90s. The extra height offered by platforms was favored by both men and women. Accessories such as chokers were also popular in the 90s. They came in various materials, such as velvet, plastic, or metal, and were worn tightly around the neck as a statement piece.

The 2024 comeback

A lot of pieces from the 90’s fashion styles casually pop out every now and then but there are some beloved styles, so far, this 2024.

Oversized clothing has been a prominent trend in recent years, and it might continue to evolve in 2024. Baggy jeans, oversized blazers, and loose-fitting tops could be prevalent that reflects a more relaxed and comfortable approach to fashion.

Platform shoes and Chunky or “dad” sneakers were a popular footwear trend in the 90s. They have experienced a revival in recent years. These sneakers offer a comfortable and casual yet fashionable look.

Dynamic and evolving

Fashion as a form of self-expression and individuality is also very much linked to humans in terms of being dynamic and evolving. It also follows a pattern of reviving and reinventing styles from the past to fit the trends and tastes of contemporary times. It is a reflection of a culture and it also plays an important role in shaping and reflecting and era and a generation.

Surprising Summer Trend for Women: Micro Shorts

Sure, this trend won’t drive shockwaves into youth fashion like the miniskirt did in its heyday. However, it comes to the pleasant surprise of many a happy man that cute micro shorts have become the latest womenswear fashion choice of the summer in 2024.

During the pandemic, people weren’t so concerned about the pants they wore because everyone was doing Zoom meetings where only the top half of your wardrobe needed to be presentable. Then when people could go out, they did a 180 and sported all sorts of long pants.

Why are Micro Shorts Popping off?

Micro shorts are popping off because celebrities have approved of it, simply put. It’s a new trend rooting from celebrities putting on those micro shorts. You can almost consider it a post-post-lockdown fashion trend to reject the dressed-to-the-nines vibes of post-lockdown fashion.

  • Post-Lockdown Fashion: After the COVID-19 era finally faded away into a distant memory that turned 3 years into what feels like a decade, the fashion that emerged were sky-high party shoes to compensate for those flip-flops and bunny slippers. Then we got UGGs, mules, and kitten heels as well as micro shorts.
  • New Fashion is Rebellion Against Old Fashion: Punk fashion was borne out of 1970s mod fashion, where everything was commercialized fashion and punk rock is about rebelling against this establishment. Mini-skirts came about to rebel against the frumpy long skirts of your parents. In turn, micro shorts is a rebellion against pants.
  • It’s Happening All Over Again: The fashion rebellion that led to micro-shorts roots from shorts inspired by Princess Diana cycling shorts (R.I.P. England’s Rose), leading to Emily Ratajkowski sporting Di-inspired minis. Or you also have Kendall Jenner rocking micro SKIMS shorts along with pants.
  • Summer Bottoms for 2024: The easy-breezy fashion of 2024 is all about minimalist streetwear, flowing threads that breathe, muted colors, striking red or black & white accents, or ostentatious Barbiecore fashion and “Kenough” micro shorts as an alternative.
  • Goodbye Jorts, Hello Micro-Shorts: Jorts or jogging shorts came about during the fitness craze of celebrities like Maya Jama, Gigi Hadid, and Hailey Bieber to compensate for the lack of travel and movement during the height of the COVID pandemic and lockdown protocols for all.

For Good Measure

The Y2K bug mania that had people thinking it was the end of the world once the clock strikes 12:00 midnight in 1999 preceded the quiet luxury fashion. They wore tiny sunglasses but then ended up getting bug-eye maxis.

Meanwhile, gothic fashion ended up becoming Barbiecore in 2023 and 2024 due to the surprising popularity of the satirical pro-feminist and anti-patriarchy Barbie movie. Micro shorts are just the fruit of another rebellion against the formal dresses and long slacks of previous trends.