Maybe high-waisted pants for women are a passing trend, but keep in mind that they’ve been a recurring trend since the 1930s. Throughout the decades, high-waisted pants have had a place in fashion culture, whether it was Katherine Hepburn sporting finely tailored wide-leg slacks in the 40s or Madonna rocking out high-waisted skinny jeans in the 80s.

Some women can pull them off, making their legs look miles long and their tummy tight, while other ladies who wear them improperly get the unfortunate result of a saggy-looking butt or belly pooch.

This blog post originated from a discussion on Facebook about the pros and cons of the style. I agree it’s not for everyone, but my goal is to help people who do like them wear them the right way.

Here are some important tips to wearing (and rocking) high-waisted pants, whether long or short.

If your pants don’t fit you, they’re going to look bad whether they are high-waisted or not. With high-waisted pants, if they don’t fit correctly your bum could look more like that of an 80-year-old. Make sure the pants hug your waist, hips and tushy snugly, so that you get a sleek fit instead of a loose or too constricting one.

What to pair them with
I like pairing high-waisted pants with sophisticated and slightly loose-fitting blouses. For the office, go with a classic white button down, or something a little more flirty for a night out. Make sure the shirt is tucked in (what’s the point of covering up the best element of the pants?) and does not add too much bulk under the pants. For shorts, make your look pop by wearing brightly colored or patterned tights.

As with any long pants, the bottom of the hem should be a few inches from the floor, not rubbing up against it collecting dust and fraying. You should be able to show off your cute ballet flats without exposing your ankles.

Here are some photos of girls looking adorable in high-waisted pants. From celebrities of past and present to my marvelous and fashionable swing dancing friends.

What do you think of this style? Any other tips for rocking the high-waisted pants look?

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6 Responses to How To Rock High-Waisted Pants

  1. Michael Q says:

    Great post. I’m a big fan of the high-waisted pants look.

    You definitely rocked it at the Lindy Focus solo jazz contest, btw. Those green tights were killer.

  2. Martin says:

    Honestly I’ve never been a huge fan of the look, but like you say – not for everyone!

    Also, just because I think it’s hilarious and your post reminded me:

  3. Breanna says:

    I’m dying for both a well-fit pair of high-waisted jeans like Morgan’s, and a gorgeous pair of high-waisted black trousers like the ones Jo Hoffberg/Laura Keat/Carla Heiney have. Funny fact–Morgan’s influenced a whole bunch of girls in Atlanta to pick up similar pairs :)

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  6. I love the pictures you’ve chosen for the samples. Especially love the shorts:)

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