Suki Waterhouse Just Mastered the Pants-less Trend in a Pair of Denim Underwear


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If anyone can pull off the tights-as-pants look that's been popping up everywhere in 2023, it's Suki Waterhouse—and she knows it. I presume that's why she decided to make the trend even more risqué than going pants-less is by trading in the minimal briefs that've gone hand in hand with the trend ever since it first went viral following Bottega Veneta's S/S 23 runway show last September for a denim version. Might I add that she wore the micro jorts to do press on the top of the Empire State Building? (Casual.)

The New York City occasion was all about Waterhouse's new Prime Video show, Daisy Jones & the Six, which she stars in alongside Riley Keough, Camila Morrone, and Sam Claflin. Waterhouse plays keyboardist Karen Sirko in the series, so naturally, she had to look the part of a musician in the '70s but with a modern touch. As such, she chose the first look from Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini's F/W 22 collection—a cropped blazer, exposed bra, silk blouse, and denim hot shorts—adding ripped tights, Gucci pumps, and an oversize furry jacket for effect. 

Though the denim underwear in her look isn't for the faint of heart, the overall ensemble is easier to achieve than it might initially appear. Below, shop our favorite denim short shorts of the season, and check off the first step in re-creating Waterhouse's hyper-cool take on the no-pants trend. 


On the runway:
(Image credit: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini)


On Suki Waterhouse:
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On Suki Waterhouse: Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini top, blazer, shorts, and collar; Calzedonia 8 Denier Ultra Sheer Tights ($7); Gucci High Heel Patent Pumps ($990)

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Senior Fashion Editor

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.