High waist pants hide love handles, belly fat, and front flab. Tops tuck properly into high waist pants. Best of all – no muffin top.
No wonder the high waist pant is on the rise.
And although high waist pants have been on the style scene for a number of years, this year they’ve even gained acceptance inside the office. So when Ambitious reader Bev submitted a high waist jean question recently, I began thinking about high waist pants in general.
Many of my clients and customers wonder how to make high waist pants work for them. Here are a few hacks to look like a style hit, not a style miss:
1. Tuck your top. After you’ve tucked in your top raise your hands above your head – just the right amount of top will pull out for a polished, natural look. Avoid overly blousy or voluminous tops – they are hard to tuck. Try a bodysuit which creates an effortlessly clean line under your jacket for polished, fashion forward office style.
2. Wear a long jacket. A long jacket balances the visual impact of high waist pants. Long jackets look especially chic with wide leg versions. And by a long jacket, I mean one that ends anywhere from your hip to just above your knee. (i.e. car coat length which looks stylish and powerful, yet updated when paired with high waisted pants.)
3. Cater to your body type. Petites you can wear high waists – they elongate you. Opt for a shorter overall rise so the pant doesn’t overwhelm your frame. Hourglass shapes can wear high waist pants– simply stick to straight leg or skinny ankle pants for work and even flare cuts for your weekend jeans. If you are pear shape, definitely try a longer jacket to balance your bottom half, and look for wide leg options too. High waist pants add curves to athletic builds in an instant – just look for straight or skinny versions, and even high waisted flare jean on the weekend. If you dare.
A big thank you to Ambitious reader Bev, for asking the high waisted jean question that prompted this post. If you have a question feel free to reach out. I’m over at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To high style!
P.S. I’m curious – how accepted are high waist pants in your office? Please share!