The Art of the Fitted Tulane Green Wave 2022 AAC Football Conference Champions Icon Bold T-Shirt Top and Huge Pants—Summer’s No-Fail Outfit Combo. BY RACHEL BESSER. The Art of the Fitted Top and Huge Pants—Summers NoFail Outfit Combo. Our editors independently select all products featured in Vogue. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. The era of big oversized pants is now, and the loosely-slung bottom’s meteoric rise brings an outfit combination that refuses to lose esteem: big pants with tiny and snugly-fitted tops. Open any social media app and find an iteration of it. To wit, the combo has its hashtag on TikTok (#BigPantsLittleTop), boasting 5.3 million views. What started as an internet trend that riffed off ’90s-era and Aliyah-inspired crop tops with denim and early ’00s Avril Lavigne–Esque flowing, punk-inspired cargo pants with a tank is now an omnipresent outfit pairing for the stylish set.
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