Oh Hey There, Low-Rise Pants

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I came across these Relaxed, Low-Rise Utility Pants from FRAME, and my gut reaction was…finally. They just…looked like the kind of pants I actually would wear all summer. And while I love the look of linen trousers (these, specifically) and will always appreciate the leg-lengthening affect of a high-rise…it has only taken a few 90-plus-degree days to remind myself that, once upon a time, I hated high-rise.

Um. Is low-rise…back?

Welcome Back, Low-Rise: FRAME Relaxed-Fit Cargo Pants

As soon as these FRAME low-rise utility pants came in the mail, I was hooked. They're super-soft -- in a broken-in kind of way -- + sit nice & low on my hips.

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As soon as these cargo pants came in the mail, I was hooked. They’re super-soft — in a broken-in kind of way — and sit nice and low on my hips. In hindsight, I should’ve pulled a card straight out of 1996 and gone up a size or two (to really flaunt that low rise), but this is a nice way to ease back into this trend.

I snapped these up at Saks, but I found the exact same pair at Nordstrom too. Saks’ product photos (and on-model photos) are much truer to reality. Not sure how Nordstrom managed to remove all slouch from the photos. These are, decidedly, very slouchy pants.

Saks' product photos (and on-model photos) are much truer to reality. Not sure how Nordstrom managed to remove all slouch from the photos. These FRAME relaxed-fit utility pants are, decidedly, very slouchy pants.

Guys, I was just really, really happy to be wearing low-rise pants again. And not just pants but cargo pants? Be still my ’90s-loving heart.

Which reminds me: They’re technically calling this the Y2K trend. I’d like to argue that these trends actually started earlier than the year 2000, but…whatever. When I say things like that, my boys say stuff like, “Well, you were born in the 1900s*,” and that is NOT something I can handle right now.

*NOTE: 1900s (nineteen hundreds), NOT 1990s. Yeah, it took my ears a second too to adjust to the shock.

While this rich, tawny color of the FRAME cargo pants is one I typically associate with fall, it turns out that it looks pretty darn good with a tan too. & it pairs nicely with the tan/brown sandals I typically wear all summer.

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But back to the pants. I originally ordered them because of the silhouette but was pretty skeptical about the color. While this rich, tawny color is one I typically associate with fall, it turns out that it looks pretty darn good with a tan too. And it pairs nicely with the tan/brown sandals I typically wear all summer. This particular shade of brown is just so pretty and looks dead-chic too.

I came across these Relaxed, Low-Rise Utility Pants from FRAME, & my gut reaction was...finally. They just...looked like the kind of pants I actually would wear all summer.
I originally ordered the FRAME relaxed-fit cargo pants because of the silhouette but was pretty skeptical about the color. This particular shade of brown is just so pretty + looks dead-chic too.

top (6) | pants (27) | sandals | bag

A Few More Pairs of Low-Rise Pants Worth Considering

OK, Gang, talk to me. Low-rise: Yes? No? Hell, no? Or…

Ohhhh yeahhhh.

xo,

S

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7 COMMENTS

  1. The photoshopping at Nordstrom is a lil out of control. While I’ve always been annoyed when they alter the models’ bodies, it’s especially obnoxious when they change how the item actually looks in order to make it “skinnier.” Rolling my elder millennial eyes HARD at Nordies… and then going to check out the anni sale preview. I am who I am. 😀

  2. I ordered these yesterday to try…ordered my reg. size..hoping for the best. I love a lower rise myself and can do some high rises but not all..so I’m glad everything is starting to be available again..yay.

  3. I love these, but not the price tag. I just can’t bring myself to pay that much money for clothing (I don’t even think my wedding dress cost that much). I’m also desperately wanting more low rise to come back in all styles and price points. For those of us with chronic gastro issues, having room for our stomachs to expand throughout the day is a must. High rise elastic doesn’t cut it. If you ladies could do a post on everything low rise ( real low rise, not the 9″ and 10″ rise that J. Crew and Madewell try to pass off as low rise) at reasonable price points, it would be much appreciated. I know Prana has more low rise options, but even my pants from there were a splurge at $60 (although I love their quality). Thanks!

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