Kendall Jenner swaps pants for tights

Written by Leah Dolan, CNN

‘Look of the Week’, featuring the good, the bad and the ugly, is a regular series dedicated to unboxing the most talked about outfit of the past seven days.

Kendall Jenner’s latest street style snap is a masterclass in minimalism, missing one standout element: pants.

The model was spotted in Los Angeles this week leaving a photo shoot in nothing but a pair of heeled slingbacks, black Calzedonia tights and a classic navy knit crew neck. The entire look — including the exposed underwear detail — was fresh off Bottega Veneta’s Spring-Summer 2023 catwalk and was completed with one of the label’s $4,200 copper sardine bags and an armful of yellow sunflowers.

Kendall paired a $4,200 Bottega Veneta bag with a pair of opaque black tights and slingbacks. Credit: Alix Newman/Shutterstock

While much of Bottega’s latest collection is designed for a double take — including leather pants designed to mimic jeans — Jenner’s look was exactly what it looked like. And while it’s no doubt comfortable wearing only tights (it’s the kind of outfit you could wear around the house while you wait for your late-washed black miniskirt to dry on the radiator), being out in public is an added challenge. to do this.

However, it’s a silhouette we’ve seen before. Jenner’s outfit has a chic, dancer-like quality, similar to a Bob Fosse chorus girl or an off-duty ballerina. The latter is all the rage, if we’re allowed to deduce the meteoric rise of “balletcore” – a TikTok-focused fashion trend with over 142.6 million views. The aesthetic, which borrows heavily from classical dance, has hit the catwalks this season, from Sandy Liang’s satin pointe shoes and everyday tutus to Miu Miu’s ballerinas.

For astute fashion historians, Jenner’s outfit could also be a reference to It girl and Andy Warhol muse, Edie Sedgwick. The American actor and model made T-shirts, tights and visible underwear her signature look in the 1960s. In fact, Segdwick’s pantlessness was so notorious that Life magazine published a piece about her style in 1965 titled “The Girl with the Black Tights.”

Edie Sedgwick shines

Edie Sedgwick stars in “Ciao! Manhattan” (1972), directed by John Palmer and David Weisman. Credit: Court Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock

“The cropped mop girl with the eloquent legs does more for black tights than anyone since Hamlet,” the article read. “Her style may not be for everyone, but the sassy craziness is just right for vivacious girls with legs like Edie’s.”

Sedgwick’s aversion to trousers helped, at least in part, to make her a fashion icon. When Sienna Miller played the muse in a 2006 film adaptation of her life, “Factory Girl,” she donned a pair of signature opaque tights (and not much else) on screen.

Pantsless trendsetters

Jenner certainly isn’t the first celebrity to champion the burgeoning no-pants trend this season.

Bella Hadid strolled New York in September in men's underwear and mini Uggs.

Bella Hadid strolled New York in September in men’s underwear and mini Uggs. Credit: Jared Siskin/GC Images/Getty Images

In September, her sister Kylie arrived at Loewe’s Spring-Summer 2023 show in Paris wearing a gray overcoat, white cardigan and Y-front underwear from the Spanish label that she wore Superman-style over her tights. That same month, Bella Hadid was pictured grabbing a slice of dollar pizza in New York City wearing mini Uggs, a biker jacket and white underpants.

Kylie Jenner alternated her tights-only look with a pair of Loewe tighty whites worn on top.

Kylie Jenner alternated her tights-only look with a pair of Loewe tighty whites worn on top. Credit: MEGA/GC Images/Getty Images

It’s the logical endpoint of both the Daisy Dukes of the mid-2000s and the once indomitable athleisure trend, which for the past two years has dictated that Lululemon and AloYoga leggings be worn as a second skin rather than structured pants.

Despite playful speculation from social media users that Kendall Jenner had a brief memory loss when he left the house, the look was totally calculated and one we’ll likely see again.

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