I hope you all had a fashionable weekend, and you’re all bright-eyed and bushy tailed, ready for another week of fabulous fashion tips! Today, I’ll be tackling one of the most controversial trends donned by fashionistas around the world, the high waist. By now, you know that I’m not a slave to every trend that comes across my desk, and though this is a trend that I’ve been trying to sink my teeth into for the last couple of seasons, I’ve got mixed feelings. So in the name of research, I strolled over to Vancouver’s most populous retail street, bought myself a Starbucks, and watched the world go by. I wanted to see how prominent this trend was, or whether it was just being worn by a handful of fashion forward ladies. The verdict is in. Everyone’s wearing it! The next question is, does it look good on everyone? Not necessarily.
There are plenty of people who can pull it off and make it look ok-ay, and there are fewer who can make it look spectacular. I’m sure I’m going to get a few boo’s on this post, but someone has to tell it like it is! The issue with high waisted anything is that it has the potential to make a woman’s body look completely disproportionate. If your intention is to accentuate the small of your waist, and over accentuate your hips and derriere, then this style was made for you! Because it does just that. It borrows from the Marilyn Monroe era, circa 1950′s, when it was all about the hourglass figure. Notice that I said borrowed from, meaning that it potentially misses the mark when it comes to copying the style exactly. With today’s contemporary interpretation, high waisted shorts have been converted into hot-pants and high- waisted pencil skirts rest just below the bosoms. While these styles may look hot on some, on others, it looks disastrous. And while you’re busy drawing attention to your favorite curves, you might be drawing attention to ones you don’t love, like your stomach. The high waisted trend is one of the only ones I’ve ever come across that can make a rail thin girl look like she’s nine months pregnant! Hmmm!
So if you do want to rock it, how do you make it look good? First of all, don’t go with a style that sits right below the girls, it’s uncomfortable, and can make you look top heavy, so go with a subtle high waist, something that sits just above the navel. And Stay away from anything super frilly on top, but something that has enough material to balance out your body. If you’re donning high waisted jeans, find a style that has more of a flare at the bottom to elongate the body. As for shorts, you should only have one pair of cheeks on display ladies! Short is okay, but super short actually makes you look stout, and you can avoid that with that little bit of extra fabric at the top of legs.
Hopefully these few tips have helped you out, and if you still unsure on how to put an outfit together, check out the look books below.