The exposed G-string is back… and this time it’s sewn into your trousers! ‘Whale tail’ trend loved by Julia Fox and Kendall Jenner sees fake underwear straps added to clothes (but would YOU be brave enough to try it?)
- Exposed thongs have made a comeback this year as part of the ’90s revival
- ‘Whale tail’ trend is loved by stars including Dua Lipa and Julia Fox
- Fashion expert suggested the trend has been adopted by stars
- Hannah Eichler called the G-string ‘a pivotal part of any noughties wardrobe’
If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to be braver with your style in 2022 than brace yourself – because the G-string trouser trend is back.
Rising star Julia Fox donned a pair of the racy thong trousers to hit Broadway with her date Kanye West on Tuesday, wowing in a pair of $24 G-string pants for dinner.
Fox was all smiles with a black top under a stylish black, blue and white coat for her arrival the theatre before ditching the garment for a leather jacket at dinner.
The style is a take on the ’90s ‘exposed thong’ trend, where women show off their underwear over the waistband of low-rise jeans, but combine the trousers and underwear together in a single garment.
TV and celebrity fashion expert Miranda Holder told FEMAIL the trend was ‘a little cheeky and body confident’, explaining: ‘Whereas the noughties iteration of this look relied on people having to reveal their own G-strings under a pair of hipster jeans or Juicy Couture joggers, the 2022 version sees the designers doing the hard work for us.
‘This season many designers are creating garments with the exposed G-string or thong sewn in, which moves the trend away from the grunge and hip hop vibes and makes the whole look feel more couture and glamorous.’
If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to be braver with your style in 2022 than brace yourself – because the G-string trouser trend is back (pictured Rising star Julia Fox donned a pair of the racy thong trousers to hit Broadway with her date Kanye West on Tuesday, wowing in a pair of $24 G-string pants for dinner)
She continued: ‘As we look to a brighter 2022, there is no better creative outlet to productively get rid of a bit of Covid-related-angst, than via the catwalks, or the high street where this trend will be sure to feature heavily this coming spring/summer.
‘Many of us will be ready to throw caution to the wind, keen to incorporate some of the more colourful and risque fashion choices back into our daily looks after inevitable loungewear fatigue.
‘Designers are as always one step ahead in the game, and have reimagined the whale tale trend even if it may be construed as a little tongue in cheek (ha ha).
‘The vibe is of course a little cheeky, body confident, and in celebration of womanly curves, just in time for the next string-bikini-ridden series of Love Island that will no doubt get tongues wagging as the weather warms up.’
Meanwhile Celebrity Stylist Rochelle White explained there had been a ‘shift in fashion and trends’ during the pandemic thanks to platforms like TikTok, saying: ‘The nostalgic fashion trend of things showing above low cut jeans made a comeback in 2021, but an even bigger come back in 2022.
Both Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski have opted for the racy exposed G-string trend in varying forms (left and right)
Meanwhile Molly Mae Hague wowed her millions of Instagram followers last year when she opted to wear the trend, captioning her post: ‘Party in the back’
‘I’ve noticed on the internet and thanks to Instagram and Tik Tok, thongs are now actually fully attached to the clothes.
‘This look has been found on trousers, skirts, and jeans. I feel that as many of us spent many days, weeks and months in tracksuits, co-ords and luxe loungewear, I think that people are ready to share and show more skin in 2022.
‘Celebrities such as Hailey Bieber and Dua Lipa have been seen rocking this look.
‘Even the designer houses of Versace and Givenchy created looks on the runway of 2021.
‘I feel that this could be something we see more over heading into warmer months, but not sure it will be a look for everyone.’
And stylist Hannah Eichler explained: ‘Remember the G-string? A pivotal part of any noughties wardrobe, with Y2K style the hot topic it was only a matter of time before the humble thong fell back into fashion’s favour.
Why are exposed thongs back in style?
Celebrity stylist Rochelle White previously explained how popular social media pages dedicated to sharing throwbacks from the ’90s and early 2000s should be largely credited for keeping the trend in fashion.
‘But, also TikTok,’ she added. ‘I feel that a lot of the TikTok creators (US based) have been slowly bringing back things like Von Dutch, glitter and now thongs on show.
‘Also, the catwalk brought back the trend in 2020.
‘Designer Maximilian Davis brought it back in her SS2021 London Fashion Week show.
‘Not to mention British-Indian designer Supriya Lele and Donatella Versace also did the same.’
‘While in 2022 underwear trends have been much more low key, (the once shameful VPL has almost become acceptable!) back in the noughties, the G-string or thong was a fashion statement, with high street destinations like La Senza stocking designs adorned with diamante’s and Playboy bunny motifs.
‘Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were famed for their raunchy, underwear as outerwear aesthetic back in their heyday, and this season everyone from Bella Hadid to Dua Lipa and Kendall Jenner are adopting the G-string trend, with one crucial difference – the trend now sees intricate strings attached to hipster trousers and cut out dresses.’
However Hannah advised that embracing the trend doesn’t have to involve snapping up a raunchy design.
She advised: ‘If you’re feeling wary of this mini trend, may we suggest contrasting the look with casual pieces.
‘A peek of a string paired with a cosy knit skirt or low slung jean will tap into the trend with lower risk of a wardrobe malfunction.
‘Or why not nod to the vibe elsewhere in the underwear department by baring a bra strap under a cardigan a la Katie Holmes?’
Meanwhile she added: ‘And if you’re willing to work the G-string but are looking for the comfy girl’s version, take a look at the growing range of sustainable lingerie brands which are both comfy and stylish – labels like Cavalier, Prism and Boody make G-strings from bamboo fibres with are comfortable and in colours which are worthy of a cheeky flash.’
The trend can sometimes expose the top half of the derrière.
The racy design that accentuates the wearer’s behind is an imitation of a controversial style from Gucci’s 1998 spring collection, which saw models walk the runway in satin trousers with leather hip straps peeking above the waistband.
And it’s not just celebrities! High fashion Influencers like Lizzie Hadfield have also been wearing the trend in a more casual way (pictured)
Canadian Influencer Emma Leger has opted to wear several versions of the trend, including a black and white pair of trousers (left and right)
And Camille Charriere has also showed off her G-string trousers on Instagram, posing in the raunchy trousers last year
Stars including Kendall Jenner and Dua Lipa have been snapped wearing trousers with the built-in underwear in recent months.
Meanwhile A-lister Emily Ratajkowski even donned a dress with an exposed thong while expecting in October 2020.
Influencer Molly-Mae Hague wowed her millions of Instagram followers last year when she shared a snap as she dined out in Manchester wearing a black jacket with a thong apparently attached.
The Love Island star, 22, playfully captioned a series of images in the body suit: ‘Business in the front…party in the back.’
In the snaps, the 22-year-old can be seen wearing the skimpy black top, which featured an exposed back and a large whale tail detail sewn into the bottom.
Dua Lipa, 25, from London, stunned in a daring cut-out ‘thong-dress’ as she shared a series of sexy images from her recent trip to Mexico on Instagram (pictured)
Bella Hadid walks the runway at the Versace fashion show during the Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020, pictured left, and Hailey Bieber attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, right
In April 2021, Pip Edward showed off her new $890 trousers from the label Dion Lee.
The ‘Y Front Wool Pant’ from the brand features a built-in section above the waistband that mimics the appearance of visible underwear.
The site explains that the trousers have an ‘extended waistband with ties at the back, creating a striking pelvic teardrop cut-out at the hips.’
Pip referred to the designer of the black pants, Dion Lee, as ‘the master’ in her caption.
And it’s not just celebrities – influencers including Camille Charriere and Lizzie Hadfield have even weighed with their mininmalist takes on the trend.
A look! Pip Edwards (pictured) got on board with the burgeoning ‘visible G-string’ trend. In an Instagram Stories post, the 41-year-old showed off her new $890 trousers from the label Dion Lee
On trend: The ‘Y Front Wool Pant’ from the brand features a built-in section above the waistband that mimics the appearance of visible underwear
Canadian Influencer Emma Leger has donned the trend on multiple occasions, wowing her 600k Instagram followers with snaps showcasing ‘whale tail’ trousers.
However when the trousers have appeared in stores across the world, they have caused quite a stir.
In August, the $28.95 (AUD) ‘Sexy Plus Cut Out Waist Skinny Jeans’ from Shein raised eyebrows online.
They look just like any other style from the front, but the rear view tells a very different story that is not for the faint-hearted.
Instead of covering the lower back like the traditional high-waisted silhouette, the fabric has been cut out in a triangular shape that looks like a denim G-string sewn into the pants.
The trend has even launched in several high street brands, including Asos, which began selling a pair of trousers that have an exposed thong attached to the waistband last year
The £22 design from emerging brand ASYOU features a black thong sticking out of the low dip-cut waistband, making it appear as though the wearer has their underwear on show
It’s a style that conservative dressers will certainly steer clear of, but the single review posted to Shein’s website proves the jeans are hitting the right note with at least one customer.
‘Omg so cute, I love it!’ she wrote.
And ASOS customers were baffled when the brand started selling a similar pair of leather pants online last autumn.
The £22 design from emerging brand ASYOU features a black thong sticking out of the low cut waistband, making it appear as though the wearer has their underwear on show.
ASYOU is described by ASOS as ‘serving up new-new trends, get into your vibes with pieces designed to represent every side of you, whether you’re off-duty or going out-out’.
And in August, the $28.95 (AUD) ‘Sexy Plus Cut Out Waist Skinny Jeans’ from Shein raised eyebrows online
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