Double Waistband Pants Are Trending and Even Anne Hathaway Is a Fan

We’re not entirely sure we’re on board yet

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a collage of pants positioned around Anne Hathaway
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Boxer pants, layered pants, double waistband—I’m still not entirely sure what to call this new trend that involves sporting trousers that look like they’ve been pulled down to reveal a second pair of pants (or boxers or shorts) underneath. But ever since Anne Hathaway gave them her stamp of approval in October 2023, the pressure is on to come up with something, as I highly doubt this is the last we’ve seen of the trend—for better or for worse.

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Anne Hathaway wearing double waistband pants by Dion Lee
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Hathaway has been causing a stir for some time now with what many are calling her fashion renaissance, but the denim-and-wool Dion Lee cropped blazer ($1,530) and matching trousers ($1,200) she chose for an appearance on Good Morning America last fall was truly something else. The ensemble was much more fashion-forward than what the 41-year-old Oscar winner typically goes for. Perhaps even more surprising, is the fact that the high-fashion trend has already trickled down to the masses, with similar styles popping up everywhere. Now that fashion month is well underway, I’m eager to do some people watching at runway shows to see just how many editors, influencers and other fashion insiders are rocking double waistband pants. It’s possible this “trend” is really just something folks are wearing on TikTok and Instagram, but not so much in everyday life. For me it just brings to mind Gary Oldman’s guest appearance on Friends, when his character gets drunk and announces “I’m wearing two belts.” And it’s worth noting, specifically for boxer variations, the double standard wherein women sporting peekaboo boxers are considered fashionable, while young men who do the same are more likely to be deemed slovenly.

But if I’ve learned anything from working in fashion for almost a decade, it’s that I should never say never—the trends that are most confusing at first may become your new favorites just a few months later.

two women wearing double waistband pants
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If you do want to try the trend out for yourself, there’s a few styling tips to keep in mind. First, these pants are a bold statement, so be sure to choose other pieces that will really allow them to shine as the star of your ‘fit. Stick with simple styles—a plain T-shirt, classic sneakers, a button-up blouse—with maybe one other small pop by way of a brightly colored handbag or funky earrings. Because your waistband is the focal point of your ensemble, be sure to either tuck in your top or opt for a cropped shirt or sweater.

Ready to shop the trend and recreate your own Anne Hathaway high-fashion moment? Here are six pairs of double waistband pants to add to cart now.

1.  Reformation Stevie Pants


This Reformation trouser has more of a fold-over waistband, done in a contrasting color, making it a bit easier to wear, in my opinion. It’s also available in black with a white waistband, but I prefer this mushroom brown hue for a less severe contrast. And while tall gals will be glad to learn that the inseam is just over 32 inches, there’s also a petite version with a 29-inch inseam. P.S. Reformation offers free simple alterations like hemming if you need them.


  • Size Range: US 0 to 12, also Petite
  • Materials: 100 percent Tencel Lyocell

A whole new take on “denim on denim,” these two-tone jeans look similar to Hathaway’s, but feature a raw hem and a second waistband that sits higher on the hips. Reviewers say these run true to size, but the material doesn’t have much stretch. There are also three inseam lengths to choose from—short 28.5 inches, regular 31.5 inches and long 33.5 inches—so everyone can find the right pair for their stems, no hemming required.


  • Size Range: US 0 to 16, also Short and Long
  • Materials: 100 percent cotton

For more of a statement, these wide-leg trousers have a blue-and-white stripe boxer peeking out from the top. Reviewers note that these pants run large, and the 31.25-inch inseam is on the longer side. However, those with extra-long legs will be glad to hear there’s also a tall version with a 34.25-inch inseam, so you can even wear heels with your new trousers.


  • Size Range: XXS to XL, also Tall
  • Materials: 100 percent polyester

These work trousers—with a classic white boxer brief poking out from the top—are the pants equivalent of when the female lead of a rom-com wears her partner’s white button-up shirt as a dress. It’s subtly sexy and fun (though perhaps not actually appropriate for the office, depending on where you work). Even better? They’re current 50 percent off.


  • Size Range: US 2 to 10
  • Materials: 63 percent polyester, 33 percent viscose, 4 percent elastane

Another budget-friendly boxer-style pant, this Bershka trouser is also on sale, down from $50 to just $35. It has a zippered front and functional belt loops, should you want to add yet another detail to your waist. According to reviews, the brand tends to fit true to size, especially for more relaxed styles like these wide-leg pants.


  • Size Range: US 0 to 12
  • Materials: not listed

This Topshop style features two contrasting pinstripe patterns: one in a darker gray and the other in a lighter shade as a funky twist. The second “waistband” also has a raw hem, giving the illusion that it’s been cut away from the top, which helps balance out the prim vibes of pinstripe trousers. As with most Topshop bottoms, these pants tend to run a little snug, so if you’re between sizes, you may want to opt for the larger of the two.


  • Size Range: US 2 to 12
  • Materials: 100 percent polyester



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