Why Celebs Are Wearing Their Pants Unbuttoned on Purpose
While you could give up pants altogether, the latest celebrity street-style trend provides an option for those who are on the fence. Undone pants are a happy medium, making for a look that’s flirty, effortless, and even a bit disheveled. Simply unbutton and unzip your fly, and fold over the waistband of your slacks to your liking, perhaps even to reveal a hint of hip cleavage. And while the trend certainly isn’t relegated to jeans or even pants, this styling technique is easier executed in denim, since most jeans maintain a certain structure and stiffness that help keep your bottoms in place.
While the aesthetic was first introduced on runways as early as the fall 2020 season (see: Jacquemus), it actually harks back to Y2K fashion, when celebrities favored the low-rise silhouette. Stars like Aaliyah spearheaded the look, stepping out in baggy, unzippered jeans baring just a glimpse of their logo-bearing undergarments. The trend began to materialize again in September 2022, reports The New York Times, gaining steam alongside the low-rise jeans resurgence. It can also be seen as the latest modern-day iteration of boudoir fashion, where we take a styling trick usually reserved for indoor lounging and reimagine it for everyday dressing.
Most recently, Christian Siriano added a glamorous spin on his spring 2024 runway with satin trousers that splayed open atop sheer tights. He styled the undone pants with bras for a look that said, “I’m not quite finished getting ready, but the heck with it – let’s go out.” Today’s celebrities are embracing the trend as well with Kim Kardashian styling undone jeans with a string bikini; Rihanna leaving her baggy jeans unbuttoned; and more.
Ahead, see how your favorite stars are taking on the undone-pants trend, from Kim Kardashian to Doja Cat.