Miley Cyrus really trying to make high-waisted shorts happen: tragic or adorable?

It kills me a little bit to see Miley Cyrus so invested in the ‘90s Grunge Revival. First of all, it makes me feel so old! I was around for the original Grunge Aesthetic, and while I sometimes look wistfully at flannel shirts, I’m not eager to see that look come back. I don’t even know where I put my old Doc Martens!! Anyway, these are some new pics of Miley in Studio City yesterday. Fame/Flynet says she was leaving a friend’s house, and from the look of the photo set, she decided to laugh and talk to the paparazzo who was pap-stalking her.

If you take away the Docs, you know what this outfit reminds me of? Rachel Green in the first two seasons of Friends. Wasn’t this the look? High-waisted shorts/pants (which were almost always super-unflattering) plus a floral belly-shirt, plus a haircut you were trying to grow out. If she had “The Rachel” instead of a fauxhawk, she would be Rachel Green circa 1995. But taken with the white-blonde fauxhawk and the Docs… she’s still very mid-1990s. She could be going to a Pearl Jam concert. Or Soundgarden. Or Mother Love Bone. Yes, I listened to the Singles soundtrack endlessly. Something tells me Miley still listens to it. (PS… the Singles soundtrack holds up, by the way! Go back and listen to it –you’ll enjoy it!)

As for the high-waisted booty shorts… my problem is that Miley works so, so hard on that cute little figure, and it’s like she’s absolutely clueless as to what will flatter her amazing body. These shorts are a total disaster. I can’t.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Caity says:

    Banging body.
    The shorts are not flattering. Can’t she find some high waist shorts that fit her body better?

  2. Skipper says:

    She’s been trying this for awhile. I had a dream last night that she got fat but kept dressing the same. I felt bad for her.

  3. brin says:

    Awful…and the tragic part is that she thinks she looks good.

  4. Isa says:

    I keep seeing this style. It’s coming back and there’s nothing we can do to stop it.

    • ThrowingShade says:

      Exactly. This is the fashion. This is what young people are wearing, and if we don’t like it . . well, it just comes off as old people being grouchy, which just gives young people more incentive to wear it.

      No trends ever stopped because older people complained about them – if anything it just sort of helps it gain popularity.

  5. Bubbling says:

    She is trying to make white trash/punk fusion thing happen. I saw some pictures of her hanging out with Lil Kim, what’s that about?! Body be bangin’ though

  6. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Those are already back. Way back. Two summers ago, at least. and the flannels.
    I’m downtown Toronto, Westside, though, so maybe it’s just here.

  7. Stuart Horsely says:

    I can’t stand it when they let the pockets hang out, fug.

  8. erika says:

    very 80′s los angeles!!!

  9. Claire says:

    In ten years she will be sorry she didn’t ever wear a bra. They won’t always be so perky Miley!

    • Ivy says:

      Actually , bras absolutely don’t help keeping a firm breast , it’s quite the opposite and bras favorise breast cancer – it’s why it’s very important to have a good bra who fit you perfectly and never sleep with it . You can look on the internet for more information =)

      (sorry i’m not a native speaker )

      • jacq says:

        actually bras support your breasts, which takes some of the work away from the ligaments that hold up your breasts. that in turn keeps the ligaments tighter for longer. so yeah, wearing a bra will keep your boobs perkier.

      • Barhey says:

        I’m sorry but there’s definitely no proof wearing a bra causes cancer. You don’t have to wear one but please don’t scare people like that!

      • Ivy says:

        I read a lot about it i yes there is proof . The cancer thing is when your bra don’t fit you perfectly , like if it’s too tight . I read about it because one day i was trying a bra at aubade or something like that and the bra-lady (?) told me that my actual bra was dangerous on a long term because it was too small ect … so i research and found a lot about it . Sorry I can’t tell everything on a comment’ because I don’t now how to say in english . I read it in french , and if I said it its just because i think that’s an important thing to know .

        I don’t know if there is study about that in english but there is a lot in french

      • Sal says:

        No. Wrong, wrong, wrong. There is NO proof that wearing a bra causes cancer.

  10. Gabby says:

    Soundgarden all the way, Kaiser!! Just saw them in Boston a couple weeks ago. Didnt wear a floral crop top and docs tho:D

  11. katie says:

    I’m having high school flashbacks. This is SOOOOOO 90s. It was awful then, and it’s awful now. The shorts are unflattering and the belly shirt makes her look like an overgrown child. The boots, well the boots are terrible.
    Can we talk about that hair?

  12. Otterette says:

    Does anyone remember that episode of the Simpsons when there was that epic heat wave, and homer made his own daisy dukes by cutting off his jeans way too short and the pockets were hanging out the bottom? That is the only image that comes to my mind when I see this. >_<

  13. Willa says:

    She wanted to pose for the paps cause she wants to show of her body,get more attention, (cause she lives for it!) and show off the outfit she clearly thinks she looks fabulous in.

  14. Lio says:

    Her behind looks like it’s eating her shorts….not a good look!

  15. Ivy says:

    I love high-waisted shorts . I think she looks great and this style is already happening – look like kinda everybody on lookbook , young people fashion blog and tumblr …

    • TG says:

      Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t make it okay. Everyone is also wearing those ridiculous Isabel Marant moon looking tennis shoes that cut the leg off in a most unflattering way. I like watching fashion police each week on E! but I hate it when George is always going on about something being on trend. That is a total turnoff for me. You might like it and that is okay and obviously others do to, but there are many of us who don’t like super highwasted shorts or fug shoes.

    • megan says:

      I like high waisted stuff too, it can really accentuate curves. But the effect is kind of lost when the other end of the garment isn’t long enough to balance the look. Her shorts basically consist of a lap/crotch area.

  16. Regina Lynx says:

    Those are some shiny new veneers.

  17. Mandy says:

    Dear Lord. Even with her awesome bod, those “shorts” (I would personally call them jean panties) are just awful.

  18. the original bellaluna says:

    The shorts are…well, nothing short of tragic fug.

    It certainly does look like the late 80′s/early 90′s are coming back to haunt us.

  19. Lulu says:

    I’m glad she’s happy with her banging new bod, but that is not how I would dress it. I’d be thinking J.Crew. Long and lean lines instead of cutting everything up like that. She has such a nice belly now, and she’s young, why not show it by wearing long lean tanks and shirts and low slung pants and shorts? JMHO

  20. marie says:

    you see Rachel Green, I see the “Insanity” lady, what was her name? those shorts are awful.

  21. kingkayski says:

    Miley can wear whatever she wants,she’s young ,hip and got a banging bod.I’m sure if we have a body like that we would wear just about anything short of being naked.She get a pass from me.

  22. Soapboxpudding says:

    It hurts to look at her…the 90s should stay buried. It’s like looking at high school pix. Barf.

    I think she is really excited and proud of her body (she works hard on maintaining it) and wants to show it off. But, she doesn’t understand that a banging body doesn’t make whatever you wear – ‘hot’. Especially when it’s straight outta 1994.

  23. aims says:

    You’re damn right the Singles soundtrack stll holds up. I always have a warm place in my heart for anything regarding the 90′s. Those were some really good times. Her body in hot and the outfit is harmless. God, I miss the 90′s!

  24. Lauren says:

    She looks like susan powder/powter (sp?). That lady who screamed instead of speaking on 90′s infomercials

    • KellyinSeattle says:

      I always think the same thing!
      Looks like she’s wearing her dad’s “country” shorts, although I had a pair like that in the ’80s. I think the 80s are back; and coming at us with full force …hopefully without the shoulder pads. IMO, she needs to stop trying so hard and being a famewhore.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        You know what’s so funny? In the 80′s (when I was a tender young thing), my favourite outfit was my Dad’s old ghetto sweats (military issue; holes included), one of his white T-shirts, and some old Sha-Na-Na-looking blue mechanic jacket. (So, the 60′s, basically. Insert pack of Marlboro Reds here – in sleeve.)

        And let us NEVER forget the beauty of the classic 501 button fly (preferably peg-legged to your custom size – see Mom, I told you I could sew!), with the size on the tag conveniently blacked out…

        (But that shirt is simply atrocious. There are just no excuses.)

      • Sugar says:

        I still rock a pair of 501 button fly they are faded as crap the right knee is blown out. My daughter a few years ago was like mom those jeans are baggy on your bum- now she’s like those are the perfect boyfriend jeans.

  25. She can try and be badass/fashionable/punk all she wants, but when it comes down to it she’s just the daughter of a one hit wonder hillbilly who got pushed into a money making machine that is Hollywood because her Dad is famous. She’s a blooming Lindsay Lohan/Amanda Bynes with only a few years left before she has some kind of breakdown. Let’s see how she looks in 5 years.

    • blaize says:

      Just because a teen/twentysomething pop star has gone through young adult rebellion doesn’t mean she’s doomed to alcoholism, dui, a breakdown, or becoming “the next Lindsay Lohan.” People have been saying that sort of thing about Miley Cyrus ever since she was 17 and started really rebelling with her fashion. Why? Because our puritanical society can’t handle a teen female disney star growing up, making her own decisions and mistakes, living life on her terms, and rebelling. They want her to be the stereotypical conservative Taylor Swift-good girl (minus the dating history): demure, subdued, virginal (in a slightly sexy way), innocent. (That’s why Miley Cyrus’s harmless antics are met with fear-mongering (“She’s doomed!”), slut-shaming, rhetorical ‘attention whore’ commentary, and other sexist bigotry and stereotypes. Rebellious and moderately wild behavior is generally more accepted by society in males than it is in females. They also said she’d end up a teen mom ever since she was 15 and (gasp!) revealed her back in a magazine photoshoot. She’s 20 years old now.

      • wonderwoman21 says:

        Her fashion isn’t some feminist statement; she’s dressed the same as all the teens & 20 somethings these days. At my college all the girls look like her; the hipster/punk 90′s thing is huge in fashion right now. She’s a follower not a leader.

        She’s just a pop star following a trend and trying to look punk; sorry Miley, you bought that look with Disney’s corporate money. You’re no punk.

    • Just Me says:

      REX MANNING DAY!!! YES!!!! Empire Records! LOVE!

  26. Bobby the K says:

    She looks happy, glad of that.
    I’d describe the shorts as more or less ‘normal’ waisted.

  27. phlyfiremama says:

    I think it looks awesome. Personally I’m kind of tired of the “belly hanging out everywhere” look.

  28. Audrey says:

    I had those same shorts in the early 90s. Quite honestly, I like her new look – she can pull it off.

  29. RHONYC says:

    she’s bringing back the Susan Powter look. “STOP THE INSANITY!” :lol:

  30. MJ says:

    I’m getting chafed just looking at that butt seam.

  31. Erin says:

    she looks cute! i have basically the same shorts and i don’t really care if anyone thinks i look like a 90s throwback or whatever. i don’t really like the boots with it (too much) but it IS the style right now, and the top and shorts look cute. i usually think no bra looks kinda trashy, but hers are pretty perky

  32. Lemony says:

    Her body is awesome. If the shorts were sized properly the outfit would be much cuter. Is it just me or do her teeth and/or lips look different? Her mouth area looks so..gooney. I forgot my glasses at work yesterday so maybe it’s just me :)

  33. TG says:

    I love Miley’s hair but her clothes are awful. I like her new sleek physique but these clothes just make her look skinny fat. She looks squishy. The same way K-Stew looks in her skinny jeans with her belly showing. The angles of the clothing are unflattering in every possible way. Why would she do that to herself?

  34. Jaded says:

    Understatement is not in her fashion vocabulary. She thinks her look is so unique and edgy but it’s basically a mash-up of a street punk and a cheap hooker.

    • Franklymydear1 says:

      Unfortunately, this is what is “in” right now. So you will see a lot if people walking around with daisy dukes riding up. Blame tumblr, hipsters and the 90′s. regardless of that fact it still looks tacky and isn’t flattering at all.

  35. Mara says:

    This is one ugly outfit,very cheap looking and trashy..

  36. Asdfg says:

    Is it just me or are her legs looking more toned? O.O

    There for awhile she was getting really thin! Her bod looks fantastic in these pics!

  37. kim says:

    That wedgie shot had me nearly peeing myself!

  38. Justyna says:

    I’m so tired of the cold, cold weather around me that I look at disasters like this and I like it because it is summery and short. Any given warm day I would totally hate it like the rest of you, but since I didn’t see the sunlight and grass since October, you can give me pictures of Courtney Stodden in her hooker attire and I’ll look at it all teary-eyed and nostalgic for the warm summer breeze. ;-)

  39. JudyK says:

    With that skin, hair and body, that girl could wear a paper sack and look great.

  40. NeNe says:

    I thought poom poom shorts were so done with?!?! I guess not!

  41. Happy21 says:

    Dear LORD! I’m pretty sure she wants to be me when I was 14! I wore my blueberry blue Doc’s with one of my 3 pairs of high waisted levis button fly jeans (with pockets hanging out) daily! If it was too cold, I’d wear ripped tights underneath. Crazy. I saw a pic of myself while going through my parents house last fall and wow! It was bad, just plain ole’ awful. My dad’s flannel shirts and all.

    Thanks for the reference to the Singles soundtrack. I stole it from Kmart when I was a teen and listened to it to death. Think maybe I should download it and try again.

    Now, Miley…Miley, Miley, Miley. Your shorts would look a ton better if the pockets didn’t hang out AND they were a little longer. I’m pretty sure when we were grunge, we didn’t have our arses showing…

  42. silver says:

    oh my, so trailer park chic.

    as Dolly Parton once said, “it takes a lot of money to look this cheap.”

  43. Laurie says:

    The 1989 called, it wants its outfit back. NOW. I really can’t live through this trend a second time.

  44. dan says:

    she is so ugly and her teeth are fake. she wears veneers. her real teeth are hideous

  45. Emma says:

    I wish I had her ass….wouldn’t mind the fiance too.

  46. Anguishedcorn says:

    My God, she is such a bumpkin.

  47. jaye says:

    She’s a cute girl, but that outfit is tragic.

  48. Levosity says:

    I thought her shorts were cute, until I saw the pictures of her from behind.. her ass is hanging out, gross!

  49. Maraleah says:

    Bangin’ body? I think she is very slim, and I know she keeps herself in shape and is focused on her health, so good for her. She looks lovely and happy… but not “bangin’”. And she’s doing such a good job rocking the geeky look. Gotta love Miley; she is no carbon copy.

  50. Cookie says:

    She’s only 20 so she gets somewhat of a pass, and she definitely has a great figure. Those boots are not working, though, some simple ballet flats or white keds would look a lot better. And grow the hair out.