No pants, no issue, suitable? Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, Kylie Jenner, and other famous people in the world of fashion appear to agree. They are establishing a Gen Z fashion trend where people only wear tights or briefs that resemble underwear when they leave the house. Sounds obscene? It’s simply the newest example of how this generation defies convention by wearing unconventional apparel.
According to veteran cultural journalist Christina Binkley, “Fashion is just an expression of what’s going on in culture as a whole.” We live in a time when rules are being broken.
Here’s why there appear to be fewer pants on the runways, red carpets, and sidewalks than ever before.
What does the “no pants” phenomenon mean?
It essentially refers to an outfit that is lingerie-inspired but might represent a few various stylistic decisions. Some women venture out in men’s briefs with nothing else placed on the top (refer to Hadid), tights as pants (remember the controversy around wearing leggings as pants a few years ago? ), or a bodysuit as their complete outfit.
Fashion Week and well-known models are to blame for the diffusion of this style among everyday people. It was just a matter of time before fashion influencers like the Kardashian-Jenners, the Hadids, and Julia Fox made pants-less outfits the hottest trend in fashion since Barbiecore. Designers like Bottega, Miu Miu, and Burberry showed off various variations on the look.
“That would be the stuff of nightmares if you did that at work,” Binkley quips. It is a fashion trend that is NSFW, but by the standards of the fashion industry, it isn’t particularly impolite. Binkley continues, “They’re not much more revealing in a lot of these circumstances than they would be if they were in a bathing suit.” “These are regulations that somebody made up at some point,” said the person who made them. “To those of us who aren’t used to seeing that, it appears a little alarming.”
Gen Z is simply the newest generation to protest through fashion by giving up bras and going pantless.
Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Tessa Thomson, and Rita Ora are all participating in the “no pants” trend, which isn’t just popular with Gen Z. However, the non-celebrities who are embracing it tend to be younger, and fashion experts think it’s appropriate for this generation as they have already tried going braless.
Aiyana Ishmael, a Teen Vogue editorial assistant, and self-described “older Gen Z,” adds, “We’re recognized for pushing things to the next level across the board.” “This is why Gen Z likes trends like these: We think, “OK, this feels mad, and I like the concept of hanging onto this insanity.” “It feels very different, and there’s certainly a rebellious quality about it.”
The idea of breaking the rules in fashion is nothing new. The braless aesthetic was inspired by the sexual revolution of the 1970s, and it comes and goes in fashion.
The oldest members of Gen Z, who are now in their mid-20s, are looking to leave their stamp on culture, but they face challenges that their fashion forebears did not: the internet’s ephemeral, over-saturated, and competitive nature.
Being able to continually update our timelines means we’re constantly asking, “The next big thing, what is it?” “What will be the next viral event?” asserts Ishmael.
Do you dare try the fashion of wearing no pants?
There is a time and place for those who are not celebrities but want to join the trend.
In a recent project for Teen Vogue, Ishmael spent a week dressing like Bella Hadid, even reenacting her well-known men’s briefs ensemble for a day at work.
Ishmael makes a joke about how he and his coworkers were giggling as they said, “Oh my gosh, I hope no one higher up sees me while I’m walking around in these tiny shorts.” Although it’s challenging when you’re not famous, you can still try it if you want to, in my opinion.
She advises that you should save your fashion experiments for a night out. The celebrities who best embody this trend can serve as additional sources of inspiration. Ishmael suggests Fox as a role model for confidence in terms of dress.
Ishmael remarks that she wears herself so openly in her style. “She has strong opinions, and even if what she says is false, she still feels quite confident in herself.” The secret to wearing anything is to feel authentic and genuine about yourself, which she always feels when donning the wackiest of outfits. That’s basically what keeps the outfit together as long as you’re the one wearing it.