Double-Waisted Jeans are the Fall Trend That Is Leaving Us Puzzled


If you’re a Gen Xer like me, you’ve lived through your share of crazy jeans trends. We had the acid-washed ’80s with fold-over waists and tight-rolled pant cuffs. And who could forget the spectacular ’90s bootcut or the low-rise (“whale tail”) 2000s?

Are you a fan of the JNCO jeans that had cartoonishly large legs? I know they were in there somewhere, and I’m afraid Gen Z may be bringing that look back (yikes). Of course, we also loved our jeans and skinny jeans. We’ve really gone through a denim rollercoaster in our lifetime.

As a petite 40-something woman, I’m insanely glad that high-waisted jeans are a style that seems like it’s here to stay. I will take any pair of dark-wash, high-waisted, wide-legged jeans in this stage of my life. I’ll pair them with a v-neck tee and a cute shoe all day long—and twice on Sundays.

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But now, the fashion industry is attempting to do us one better with a denim style we’ve never seen before … and we’re not sure how we feel about it. We’re talking about the double-waisted jean, a top-trending fall jean style offered up by brands like Tibi, Sandro, Nasty Gal, ASOS, and Forever 21.

The double-waisted jean is essentially an example of a trompe l’œil, a French term that translates to “optical illusion.” They look exactly how you’d expect, with two waistbands layered on top of each other and two rows of belt loops. They also appear to have two rows of buttons and/or zippers and sometimes even four front pockets, as if you’re wearing a low-rise baggy jean over a high-rise skinny jean.

And to be perfectly candid, we’re not 100% on board with this look.

We love high-waisted jeans and we wish they would never cease to be popular. But if you’re petite, the double-waist illusion isn’t going to do you any favors in the leg-elongation department. If you’re tall and blessed with long legs, though, this … er, uniqueIt might be worth giving style a shot.

Most of the stylings we’ve seen are paired with the current trending crop-waist tops or skin-hugging body suits, understandably to make sure the double-waist line is prominent. This creates visual interest immediately around your midsection which is less attractive as you age.

We give props when they are due. The look is original, which is becoming increasingly difficult in fashion. But seriously, we really think it just looks like you’re wearing jeans under your jeans. We can’t unsee it.

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