Ripped jeans are no longer leading the movement when it comes to subtly showing bits of skin.
Ladies are apparently now using bodysuits as an opportunity to show off the flesh on their hips.
We're just as confused as you are.
Let's take it back a few steps. This is your average bodysuit:
It's a one-piece garment that makes keeping shirts tucked in very easy but going to the bathroom very difficult.
It may seem like a strange/unnecessary piece of clothing, but I can say from personal experience that it does make the wearer feel much more streamlined, secure, and in general, very stylish.
But the truly puzzling thing about them lies in the new way in which they are being styled—with pants pushed slightly down, exposing hips.
Given the brands that are featuring this look in their campaigns, it's clearly just another way for teens to show skin in creative ways, sort of like this equally confusing t-shirt I saw in Urban Outfitters the other day:
I certainly don't understand these trends, but I don't necessarily have a problem with them, either.
The only really unsettling thing about these looks is the faint nostalgic echo of my mother's frantic warnings that these exposed areas will immediately result in me catching pneumonia.
I can imagine that these pieces will evoke similar conversations between today's youths and their own mothers.
But really, if mothers and daughters aren't fighting about clothes, are they really even mother and daughter?