After years of trying to find a decent pair of low-rise jeans that don’t create too much of a muffin top, I’m happy to see fashion change direction. Waistlines are on the rise!
Midrise jeans that hit just below the belly button are the new normal, and high-waisted jeans are suddenly chic too.
Do you remember wearing high-rise jeans in the ’70s? I do. They were so tight we had to lie on the bed to zip them up! Fast forward- many years later. How do we wear them now?
Get the Right Fit: High-waisted jeans can make your figure look fabulous or a total disaster. The fit is essential to making your legs look longer, and your bottom looks perky. This means no baggy fit – i.e., mom jeans look. Flat-front jeans are most slimming. Avoid any pleated, high-waist jeans, which will add pounds instantly.
Leg Width is Important: High-rise pants with slim legs or boot cut or skinny leg jeans work best. Stay away from the wide leg or boyfriend-style high-waisted jeans, which look boxy and frumpy.
Color Matters: A dark wash is always slimming and classy, while a light acid wash will make you think you are back in the ’80s.
These Tops are What you Need: High waist pants are meant to show off the waist, which means tops should be tucked in or cropped. However, not everyone can pull off this look. If your tummy is fairly flat, then try wearing a neatly tucked-in shirt or tee or even a cute cropped sweater. If that’s not working for you can try a half-tucked-in top, peasant blouse, or a high-low top that nips up at the front and exposes part of the waistband.
One other Possibility for Tops: Some women like high-waisted jeans simply for tummy control. If they have a bit of stretch in them, they’ll definitely keep any wiggle and jiggle from happening. In this case, find a longer top fitted through the shoulders and flows gently away from the body. – i.e., poncho top. This is a nice look, especially with slim jeans that have a flare leg.
A nice bonus with the flared leg helps balance things out and makes your waist and hips seem smaller.
Shoes to Wear with High waist jeans: Shoes are key to this look. Go for heels or wedges to add some height and elongate the pants. High-waisted pants don’t look great with flats.
More Tips for Wearing High Waisted Pants
- If you are very short-waisted, wear a good bra that will get the girls off your chest, or else the pants will come up right underneath them and make you look chunky.
- If you are petite, they can swallow you up. Use your mirror.
- If you have large hips, make sure there are no big pockets on the front of your high-waisted pants to draw attention to them.
- If you are short and heavy ( and especially if you are pear-shaped), this trend is tough to wear, so beware.
Will you be wearing high waist jeans?