Kim Kardashian Makes a Strong Case for SKIMS Underwear In Her Ripped Jeans

Like an '00s-era fever dream.

 Kim Kardashian attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage,)
(Image credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

As someone who vividly remembers my early-aughts childhood, I think it's well within my rights to wish that some of the most popular trends of the '00s never again see the light of day. And while some already have made quite the comeback in 2022—Paris Hilton-inspired glittery mini dresses and velvet tracksuits come to mind—no trend is more polarizing than the overly ripped jeans that Kim Kardashian brought back with her latest Instagram.

After years spent as a minimalist fashion darling, Kim Kardashian has reverted to some of her early-aughts style ways of late, especially on her Instagram feed. The SKIMS founder has posted pictures wearing everything from a camo-print catsuit to an all-leather outfit clearly inspired by the characters in The Matrix trilogy. But it's her latest look—a pair of super-ripped jeans and a pale pink snake print corset top—that really has me seeing flashbacks. 

She accessorized the look with nude pointed-toe pumps. "Talk less and say more," Kardashian captioned the photo set. 

While I appreciate the risk-taking look, I have so many questions. Chief among them is this: What underwear, if any, does one opt for when wearing jeans that show so much skin? Even the black lining of the pockets is on display, in true early-aughts alt-girl fashion. The concept of eschewing undergarments altogether seems out of the question. So I have to ask: Is this outfit just one massive campaign for SKIMS, the shapewear line designed to handle any outfit's needs that just came out with an underwear line? 

(Also, does this mean that skinny jeans are back? My straight-leg-loving heart would not be able to handle the news if so.)

Until we wait for a definitive answer, I'll be sitting here wondering if it's time for me to pull out my ripped skinnies to match hers. Luckily, the other parts of this outfit are easier to emulate using pieces I already have, no scissors required. Corsets, for one, are trending once again following the release of the second season of Bridgerton. Nude heels are also a staple in my spring wardrobe, so excuse me while I wear both of those with my regular non-shredded jeans and just say I'm copying Kardashian's latest look. 

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.