J.Lo Just Wore a Visible Thong With Carrie Bradshaw's Most Debated Accessory


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Clearly, Jennifer Lopez can't get enough of the visible-thong trend, also known as the whale tail. The style—which was in heavy rotation in the early aughts on stars such as Christina Milian, Halle Berry, and Paris Hilton—was spotted on J.Lo earlier this year when she debuted a pair of gray, low-rise trousers with hip cutouts akin to an exposed thong. Now, she's done it again, but this time, she didn't wear pants that looked like a whale tail. She wore the real thing. 

On Saturday, while performing at the 36th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Ohio, J.Lo donned a black-and-silver studded thong from Dolce & Gabbana, which peeked out from below her low-rise satin pants. With the exposed lingerie item, she wore a matching bra top, a blue coat from AZ Factory's spring/summer 2022 collection, and a belt that might look familiar if you, like so many of us, watched Sex and the City on repeat. Indeed, the Hustlers star wore a bare-midriff belt, the accessory made famous by Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) on season four, episode 15 of the iconic series. To jog your memory, Parker's character wore a cropped, light-pink blouse with a low-rise, lime-green midi skirt and a matching belt that was secured around her naked stomach. Suffice to say, it was a highly disputed style choice. Even the show's costume designer, Patricia Field, said in a 2018 interview with Repeller that the accessory was "obnoxious." Leave it to J.Lo to check off every controversial trend in one single outfit. 

Keep scrolling to see the daring look for yourself. While you're at it, shop the visible-thong trend, too. 


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On Jennifer Lopez: AZ Factory jacket; Dolce & Gabbana bralette and belt; Jennifer Fisher Mini Natasha Hoops ($250), Micro Natasha Ear Cuff ($95), and Lilly Ear Cuff ($95); Yataghan necklace; JLo Jennifer Lopez Jaylah Bootie ($100)

More examples of the visible-thong trend:


Dua Lipa, 2020
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Kim Kardashian West, 2020
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Hailey Bieber, 2019
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Christina Milian, 2002
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Paris Hilton, 2001
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Halle Berry, 2000
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Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.