How to wear high-waisted jeans

Written by jennifer vance
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High-waisted jeans are a definite style choice, and not necessarily for everyone. However, if worn correctly, and with the right accessorising, they can be incredibly flattering and an interesting, if somewhat dated, look. Read on to learn how to wear high-waisted jeans.

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Things you need

  • High-waisted jeans
  • Heels or flats, depending on your height and size
  • A thin belt that fits around your true waist
  • A shirt you can tuck in

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    When buying high-waisted jeans, keep two things in mind--your height and your weight. The fit of the jean should be snug, with no gapping in the waist, crotch or butt area. Whether you go with wide-leg or straight-leg or skinny-leg is all a matter of preference and perspective, but typically, if you are heavier or very short, you should stay away from skinny-leg jeans altogether, as they simply aren't flattering or forgiving.

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    Pick your choice of shoes according to your body type. High-waisted jeans are more of a "formal" look, and should be paired with heels or flats, depending on your height and size (flats if you are very tall and very thin, otherwise, heels).

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    Choose your top. You should always tuck your top into high-waisted jeans, and because of the snug nature of the jeans, you should pair them with a top that doesn't have too much fabric to tuck in. That said, you can pair them with a blouse if the blouse fabric is thinner, and/or isn't very long, and thus won't bunch up in the jeans. You should only just blouse the shirt you tuck in, so if you find by doing so, you still feel too much fabric tucked in, change the shirt.

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    Accessorise with a thin, fitted belt. It draws attention to a small waist and completes the outfit.

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    Check the pockets and wash on the jeans. You don't want a wash that accentuates any part of your body, or folds in the wrong places. And you definitely don't want pockets in the wrong places, drawing attention away from the overall look. Also, if you go with button-fly, make sure the buttons aren't bulging out. If the trousers are too small, get the larger size and have them tailored to your body.

Tips and warnings

  • High-waisted jeans go in and out of style. Keep up with the trends and wear the jeans sparingly, as people remember them.
  • The best tops for high-waisted jeans are body suit-type blouses--less fabric to tuck in, but enough of a poof to give the outfit it's balance.

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