Low-rise was a style of clothing, designed to sit low on, or below, the hips. The style can also be called lowcut, hipster, or hip-hugger. A normal Low-rise sits at least 2 to 3 inches [5–8 cms] below the navel. A Super or an Ultra Low-rise sits at 4 to 5 inches [8–12 cms] below the navel. The term is commonly applied to trousers, jeans, shorts, skirts, panties, briefs, bikinis, pantyhose, and tights.
Low rise clothing was fashionable in the early years of the 21st Century. "Low-slung pants are more comfortable when you're wearing a ring in your navel, especially after it's first installed and the area is tender", said Maggie Winkel, Women's merchandise manager for San Francisco-based Levi Strauss & Co. Lower back tattoos are often left uncovered by individuals wearing crop tops and low-rise clothing.
Leading clothing manufacturer Levi Strauss & Co. introduced Low-rise jeans in December 2000. These were jeans are designed to top out at about three inches below the navel. They have a zipper a mere 3-1/4 inches long. Backs are also cut low, but not so low that they expose backside cleavage. It later brought this trendy style into men's wear too. Gradually these low-rise pants fed the ever-growing fashion appetite of men which eventually spread to swimwear and briefs.
The term is applied to saris and Ghagra cholis in India. Due to migration to different countries, many Indian women began to wear the normal sari below the waistline exposing the navel which is known as Low-rise sari. These type of saris are worn such that the petticoat is tied at some inches below the navel and just above the pubic area. Similarly, the lehengas of ghagra cholis are also worn in low-rise. Designer Manish Malhotra's Fashion Week collections regularly highlight low waisted ghaghras accompanied by short cholis. This were made popular by the female celebrities of Bollywood industry and other popular regional film industries like Tamil cinema and Telugu cinema. These are mainly worn by the rich, educated upper-class women who consider navel exposure as a fashion. However, sometimes, the navel is covered with the pallu in a low-rise non-transparent sari, as well.
Vitruvio Pollione Scientific High School, Avezzano, central Italy, asked students to stop wearing low-slung trousers that expose navels, underwear etc., Deputy Principal Nazzareno Desiderio elaborated in a phone interview: "It's a piece of advice, for their educational reflection." Inspired by the decision in Avezzano, the principal of Rome's Visconti High School Antonino Grasso had suggested that students show less skin and proposed a debate on the matter. In an interview he commented,"Today, boys are less tickled by such visions (of skin), because there's no more big effect in seeing a girl's legs or shoulders, lower back and navel".
In some corporations in India, saris are required to be worn in an elegant manner avoiding navel exposure. Anita Gupta, Senior Vice-President at JWT Chennai commented, "Formal wear for women definitely covers saris without plunging necklines or glimpses of the belly button".
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