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Friday, June 8, 2007

How To Wear...High Waisted

So tonight I made a "costume change" for the latter part of my day (dinner and a movie) and I decided to break out my brand new high-waisted jeans from British retailer Topshop. While getting dressed, I couldn't quite find the right top to make my outfit work. In the process, I learned some tips on how to wear high-waisted jeans. 
  • Make sure the jeans are snug and fit well. They won't be flattering if they stretch or sag in the waist, crotch or bum area.
  • If wearing a wide-leg style, pair the jeans with wedges or high heels to visually elongate the leg. That is, unless you're 5'10" like a model.
  • If wearing a skinny leg style, also consider your body type when choosing your footwear. If you're lean, opt for flats. If you have some curves, then heels will balance out your proportions.
  • Remember that the high waisted style can make your legs look longer, but it may also make your booty look bigger because of the extra fabric. Pick jeans that have pockets that are placed lower down. If the pockets are too high or too small, this can also make the booty look larger than it really is. Remember, these aren't mom jeans. They're high-waisted, but they can be modern and flattering.
  • Avoid high-waisted styles that have whiskering and fading on the thighs and butt area. I tried on a pair at Topshop with fading and whiskering that looked OK from the front but horrible from the back. Fading highlights those areas and whiskering creates horizontal lines across the thighs which is unflattering.
  • Don't forget to tuck in your shirt! When tucking it in, don't pull the blouse or shirt out too much because this adds volume where you don't want it. On the other hand, don't tuck it in too tightly because it looks stuffy and is uncomfortable.
  • Accessorize with a skinny belt to draw attention to your high-waisted style.
  • Have fun with it! And smile because no one is going to see your plumbers' smile!
**Take a look at how I wear high-waisted styles, and see my updated post for more tips on how to wear high waisted!

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