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 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.
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.
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.
A Few More Pairs of Low-Rise Pants Worth Considering
OK, Gang, talk to me. Low-rise: Yes? No? Hell, no? Or…
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