I grew up in the 80s--the era of high-waisted pants and oversized shirts.
We felt pretty cool. The jeans we wore were pretty forgiving. Here's an example of jeans we would have worn in the mid-80s.
You could have a not-so-perfect body and disguise it with something like that. Flash forward to 2014. Clothes aren't forgiving at all.
You can clearly make out a person's flaws in jeans like that. Because of jeans like this, society has felt the need to come up with a term: "muffin top." Muffin top happens when your stomach hangs over your low-rise jeans like a muffin.
Since it's apparent low-rise jeans aren't a trend and are here to stay permanently, we'll have to get used to that term. Making matters worse, the super-tight skinny jeans trend is creating a new monster. Thigh gap. The most disgusting body image concern to ever cross a young girl's mind.
Next up are cankles. Seriously. Not only do we have to worry about the distance between our thighs and the way our stomachs look in low-rise jeans--but we now have to worry about our ankles being too fat. Our ankles.
I don't even know what exercises you'd do to work out your ankles.
There are more. There's the "thut," turnip legs, and age-old problems like double chins and saddlebags. Women worry excessively about this crazy stuff. Men don't. If you need proof that men don't care about "thigh gap," here it is:
Do you think this habit of ridiculing a person's imperfections will continue? Or is it just a trend?