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Melbourne label Highrack, Honey sparks fashion trend for men’s boxers as high-waisted hot pants

A racy new Instagram trend sees women wearing ‘men’s’ boxer shorts as high-waisted hot pants.

Elite fashion house Jacquemus included the style in its critically acclaimed May loungewear collection, but a $56 pair from a one-woman Australian label is what everyone wants to be seen in this year.

Highrack, Honey is an ethical ‘slow-fashion’ brand by Tessa McGregor, a Melbourne designer who came up with the idea for comfortable but chic boxer briefs while wearing her fiancé’s underwear around the house.

‘I felt sexier in these than I did in anything else,’ Ms McGregor told The Zoe Report in July.

Inspired by the silhouette of the iconic 1990s Chanel logo briefs, the ‘Sublime Biker Shorts’ have gone viral on social media, selling out almost instantly after every restock. 

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They come in a range of colours, with neutrals like black and white and trendy shades like lavender and rusted brown.

Ms McGregor’s shorts have been seen on the Instagram feeds of some of Australia’s biggest influencers including Starlette Thynne, the 20-year-old half-sister of fitness queen Tammy Hembrow.

They’ve also reached the US, where top stylists and bloggers are enjoying the summer in bright hues like lemon and ‘seafoam’ mint.

Australian shoppers can get their hands on the shorts from Highrack’s website or online boutique Princess Polly, where customers have left glowing reviews about the quality and comfort.

‘These are very comfortable, hold you in with the high waist. Nice thick ribbed cotton material is great quality,’ said one.

‘They aren’t lined but I wore them with and without underwear and was still comfortable. I wish they would restock, would love to get more.’

Others recommended buying a size larger than usual as the shorts run small.

The modern trend for cycling shorts began in September 2018, when the likes of Chanel, Fendi and Jacquemus sent models sashaying down their spring/summer 2019 runways in skintight lycra pants cut a few inches above the knee.

Jacquemus, the namesake label headed by 30-year-old French designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, slashed hemlines considerably shorter for the launch of its capsule loungewear collection in May.

The range featured $183 woollen shorts with elasticated waistbands, ribbed fabric and an ultra-cropped length cut just below the buttocks – the silhouette most popular today.

Dozens of brands followed suit, including Kim Kardashian West’s shapewear label Skims which has a near-constant waitlist for its $40 cotton ribbed briefs.

Instagram-famous Are You Am I stock a racier pair of $182 ‘Maika’ bottoms which are described as ‘boy briefs intended for much more’.

Even Dior has released a pair of high-waisted viscose briefs emblazoned with its new slogan ‘J’Adior’, a play on the French ‘j’adore’ which means ‘I love’, but those undies will set you back a cool $1,230.

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