Last night at the Capital Radio Summertime Ball Rita went for a rather out there 80s look, wearing mesh Moschino cycling shorts with a logo-emblazoned waistband avec a matching crop top. She upped the Moschino with a gold logo belt and necklace. It might be an eyebrow-raising look NOT to be tried at home, but there's no denying that waistbands are having a moment.
We're not usually advocates of the VPL here at Grazia Towers, but recently lots of stars are doing a Marky Mark and showing us their pants. Remember when the thing to do on the red carpet was lift up your tee and proudly display your waistband? In the 80s and 90s baggy jeans were nothing without a side of CK.
Rihanna, Joan Smalls and Leandra Medine [Rex and Instagram]
The return of the pant has a lot to do with Calvin Klein's Instagram campaign where stars and super bloggers post pictures of them wearing 'My Calvins.' Miranda Kerr, Leandra Medine, Jourdan Dunn, Kendall Jenner, Rita Ora and Daisy Lowe have gone all Brooke Shields circa 1981 and flashed us their pants on Instagram.
But the look is now going off Instagram. The champion of underwear as outerwear, Miley Cyrus, tried the look in public weeks ago with her Versus pants riding high. While Rihanna designed her own line of slogan underwear with River Island - her VPL of choice. Cheryl Cole has been using the waistband revival to promote her own single, performing in 'Crazy Stupid Love' pants and bras.
Cheryl Cole's pant-flashing [Rex]
Pant-flashing has its pitfalls. The only truly acceptable way we advise you to work it is with boyfriend jeans and a simple tee – or, à la model Joan Smalls, who ratchets up the sex appeal with a crop top and heels. We'd leave the mesh to the Ritas and Mileys of this world.
Would you? Could you? Let us know what you think about the VPL trend in the comments below...