Belly Button Rings Are Back, But They Aren't What You're Picturing

Flashback to my 15-year-old self and I’d do just about anything to convince my parents to let me get my belly button pierced. I truly thought my life was over that day my mom gave me her final “hard no” on the body piercing. It was the early 00s, so it was the hottest thing to do and all the coolest celebrities, like Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton, had the piercing. All I wanted was a cute little belly ring I could show off with my low-rise jeans and a baby tee—I’m not alone right?

Fast-forward a solid decade later, and here I am craving the same early-’00s look. Low-rise loose jeans? Check—I have those in my closet. Baby tee? I probably own 10 too many. All I’m missing is a belly ring, which up until a couple months ago, I thought I was glad I avoided the piercing back when I was 15. Keep reading to find out why I changed my mind and meet the extremely talented bicoastal piercer, J. Colby Smith, who is tempting me to pull the trigger 13 years later. Plus, see why they are so much chicer than they were back in 2000.