Whale tail is the Y-shaped waistband of a thong or G-string when visible above the waistline of low-rise jeans , shorts , or a skirt that resembles a whale 's tail. Specially designed trousers like low-rise jeans or hip-huggers and higher cut thongs led to greater exposure of the whale tail. The word was selected by the American Dialect Society in January as the "most creative word" of The rising popularity of low-rise jeans led to increased exposure of thong tops in the early s. Hall identified this campus trend as an "apparent intersection between everyday campus fashion and soft porn". By the mids, whale tails became common to celebrities, providing opportunities to the paparazzi.
Nostalgia seems to be a key word in fashion lately. Even, it seems, for a trend that many were happy to see disappear — the visible thong, also known as the whale tail. The visible thong, in case your memory needs refreshing, was first popular from the mids to early s. Celebrities like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Cameron Diaz helped to bring the look into the mainstream, and for a few years it was all the rage, especially among teenagers. Then the whale tail met its demise in the late s, when both the thong and the low-rise cut fell out of vogue. The whale tail has continued to gain traction this year with both designers and celebrities. If so, then why not bring back the things that remind us of who we were and how we felt then, whale tails included?
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The thong—once considered a garment only worn by the most scandalous subsets of society—has incrementally moved its way into the wardrobes of celebrities and onto the runways of the world's greatest fashion houses. Previously worn by burlesque dancers during performance, thongs were seen as entirely improper. It was only with the undergarment's assimilation into the lingerie market that they became a staple, leaving little to the imagination. As the '90s and early s progressed, a new breed of thong-wearing emerged. Cheekily dubbed the whale tail for its resemblance to the marine mammal's backside, it was soon adopted by some of the most iconic fashionistas and performers of the day. In , the trend has seen a resurgence, recently featured on the catwalks of Alexander Wang , Versace , and Heron Preston alike. CR examines the longstanding history of this eye-popping, double-take worthy style. The origins of shameless thong showing began with burlesque dancers in the s as part of their performance costumes.
As far as controversial trends go, we've seen some wild ones—from the ultra-low-rise jeans of the early s to the heeled flip-flops of last year. But one of the most controversial trends of all time is apparently back and just as polarizing as ever. Rising to fame in the early s and then making an under-the-radar comeback in the last few years, the trend you never thought you'd see again is here: the visible thong. That's right, visible thongs are making a quiet comeback. What was once a favorite of early- s pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera is popping up on today's coolest fashion people like Jennifer Lopez and Emily Ratajkowski. We saw this trend bubbling up sporadically in and , but here we are only a few days into , and we've already spotted it on a few of the most influential fashion girls.