You’ve asked, I’m answering! High-waisted pants are incredibly comfortable — and stylish. Here’s how to wear them to flatter your body.
In the battle between high-waisted pants and low-rise pants, high-waisted pants are (thankfully) plentiful this year! Women tend to love high-waisted pants for their versatility, comfort, and their tendency to flatter figures.
This season, Carlisle and Etcetera are featuring several styles of high-waisted bottoms. Before you browse, read on to find out how to choose the perfect style and make these functional pants work for your lifestyle.
Who Can Wear High-Waisted Pants?
Most everyone can so give them a shot! High-waisted pants are universally flattering, so no matter what body shape you have, you can find a high-waisted pair of pants or jeans that look great on you. High-waisted pants disguise love handles and never create a muffin top, unlike low-rise denim that can leave you feeling less covered up. It is any wonder that high-waisted pants are in high demand this season?
Denim is always a staple, and it’s good to have several styles in your wardrobe. While many of us are living in leisurewear, why not trade in sweatpants for comfortable and figure-flattering high-waisted jeans?
High-waisted pants are a go-to look all year. By giving you a well-balanced and flattering silhouette, they will quickly become your new favorite pants for everyday wear.
How Can I Wear High-Waisted Pants?
First, you’ll want to wear your high-waisted pants nearest your natural waistline, at the narrowest part of your midriff. This will ensure a flattering fit. Second, ensure a proper hem length for your body. If you choose straight or flared high-waisted pants, look for hemlines that reach down to your toes. If you choose skinny high-waisted pants, the hem should sit right at the ankles.
High-waisted pants look best with a tucked-in top to not only show off the high-waisted style but to flatter your figure as well. Nearly any type of top will work well with high-waisted pants, with a few exceptions. Button-down blouses, long-sleeve tops, or tanks, basic t-shirts can be tucked into your high-waisted pants.
High-waisted pants come in a variety of styles from boyfriend jeans to tailored skinny pants. Some variations include wide-leg, straight-leg, or flares. Wearing high-waisted pants can go from laidback and comfortable at home to a chic going out look.
You can take your pick of heels, boots, sneakers, or sandals with your high-waisted pants. These pants are versatile enough to be paired with any kind of footwear.
What to Avoid
Overly frilly, blousy tops can be unflattering with high-waisted pants. Too much fabric can weigh you down or be too bulky and you’ll risk masking your shape. With the extra fabric of high-waisted pants, stick to more form-fitting tops that are easily tucked in or knotted to the side.
Bulky, short jackets are also not likely to flatter when wearing high-waisted pants, as they can create a boxy look by making the waist appear wider. What’s more, wearing high-waisted pants can help you achieve an hourglass silhouette, which will be hidden with a jacket that’s too big.
Melrose’s Favorite Picks
From left to right …
Illume — Champagne Satin Pants
Luxurious, comfortable, wide-leg, satin high-waisted pants that you will feel glamorous in.
Architect — European Suiting Pants
Versatile, classic fit ivory high-waisted pants with a slight stretch for total comfort.
Venus — Italian Denim Jeans
Italian denim relaxed fit bootcut jeans that sit at the natural waistline.
Tusk — Italian Denim Jeans
Sleek, ivory white wide bootleg jeans perfect for spring,
Deck — Italian Wide-Leg Trouser
Full-length, laidback indigo stretch denim that provides a tailored silhouette.
Suite — Italian Cotton Pants
Cloud-soft, ankle-length, classic fit stretchy high-waisted pants made for comfort and style.
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