The New Yorker Tries on High-Waisted Jeans

Kamm pants

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Did you think we were perhaps on the other side of the tipping point when it comes to high-waisted jeans? Did you maybe lament the idea, like me? Happily, The New Yorker has waxed poetic about torso-oriented jeans (and other pants) and has, hopefully, given them new life.

The article is a delightful ode to 12-inch-plus rises, which the author, Rachel Syme, describes with great affection:

“Personally, I want my pants to be so high that they can double as an underwire bra. I want to feel like Humphrey Bogart playing an exaggerated version of himself for Halloween.”

Also:

“Much like the buzzy Rachel Comey Legion trousers, Kamm’s pants hit at the ankle and give you the proportions and general vibe of a woman working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Second World War.”

Despite the fact that Kamm pants launched a shocking 14years ago, a time when rises were making their way past the pubic bone, trend fatigue is being kept at bay, apparently.

Jill Guenza, the vice-president of global women’s design at Levi’s, told Syme that the twelve-and-an-eighth-inch rise on the brand’s wide-legged Ribcage jeans—the highest in Levi’s history, and which débuted a year ago—is one of Levi’s Mose in-demand styles.

“They serve as a playful, high-femme in-joke,” Syme writes. “These are business pants, but they are also a bit silly, a bit exaggerated, suctioning in the midsection like a corset.”

This woman really gets me.

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