Your Fly Is Showing: Here’s Why the Exposed Zipper Rules

Feeling a little bit frisky of late? So is Vetements. Just last week, the label released a deliciously rude pair of jeans as part of its Spring 2017 Vetements x Levi’s collaboration with a visible zipper fly that left little to the imagination. It goes a full 360 degrees from front to butt, adding a perverted twist to standard denim. Vetements isn’t the only label jumping onto the risqué-chic look: Off-White toyed with a prominent O-ring zipper, and the up-and-coming, Bella Hadid–beloved label Lorod went the minimalist route with an exposed thin zip that hit the sweet spot. So why the flashy fly now? The little detail brings a bit of easy cheek to the standard jean without going over the top—the sort of subdued seduction that feels perfect for spring.

For the same reason, button flies have been getting some literal exposure, too. Similar to Alexander Wang’s cut-across button fly for Fall 2017, AG applied the diagonal concept to its cropped flares this season. Unravel Project went the opposite direction, flipping its denim inside out to show a can’t-miss-it take on the standard button-up crotch. Another novel twist came at Ellery, which switched out the standard silver button for a glint of gold. If you’re looking to draw attention with an actual drawstring à la Off-White, grab a pair of Aries Arise slouchy slit denim pants fastened at the waist with a piece of statement-making twine. More of a skirt girl? Linder’s Fall 2017 corset-style mini has a bold version, while House of Holland’s in-season item sports a cool button-meets-zipper on an A-line silhouette. Whichever you choose, an out-in-the-open fly is a sure way to add bite to your warm-weather wardrobe. Here, 16 ways to get the look.

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