This Is Not a Drill: The Pantless Trend Really Is Happening

Despite its modern roots among the Kar-Jenners and Co., the trend can be traced back to the 1950s, starting off as a form of dancewear, and lasting through the mod era. Many dancers wore leotards over their tights in order to create an elongated, more elegant line. But sometimes, they would layer with shirts or sweaters, often times belted to help clarify their waistlines. “Cyd Charisse and some of the Old Hollywood vixens and ingénues used to dance in things like that,” says image architect Law Roach. The look has become particularly associated with Edie Sedgwick, the socialite and Andy Warhol muse. In one especially memorable photograph, Sedgwick balances on a leather rhinoceros, her black stocking-clad leg extended into an arabesque, a T-shirt covering her leotard, save for the bottom.

The look picked back up—again in an exercise capacity—in the 1980s with the aerobics craze. Between Jane Fonda’s workout wear and Jamie Lee Curtis’s electric chemistry with John Travolta in 1985’s Perfect, High-cut leotards with belts were all the rage in the athletic scene. In the ’90s, the no-pants look appeared several times on the Chanel runway, as well as Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier. And through the early

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