How to Wear a High Waisted Skirt

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How to Wear a High Waisted Skirt
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The high-waisted skirt is a look straight from the 1940s. To make this look work, pick a few vintage-style accessories to pair with your skirt and a few of your more modern clothing items or accessories. As you look for high-waisted skirts, try them on in the fitting room before buying. You want to make sure the length is correct for you, especially if you're petite.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cap-sleeve top
  • T-shirt
  • Colourful blouses
  • Vest
  • Hip-length belted jacket
  • Wedge heels
  • Leggings
  • Flats
  • Boots

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    Wear a high-waisted skirt together with a cap-sleeve top or a T-shirt for a more casual, weekend look. Tuck the top or T-shirt into the waist of the skirt. Pair colourful blouses with the high-waisted skirt. Add more visual interest with a vest. If the vest has ties in the back, tie them so your vest follows your torso more closely.

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    Slip into a hip-length belted jacket over a top and the skirt. When you wear a high-waisted skirt, you are emphasising your body's curves. Button, then belt the jacket so your outfit enhances your appearance. Slip into a pair of wedge heels. Choosing dressier separates makes this outfit suitable for the work environment.

  3. 3

    Add leggings to your high-waisted skirt, a T-shirt and a pair of flats with sparkly accents. This look is more casual and suitable for school.

  4. 4

    Create an ensemble with your high-waisted skirt, a top or blouse and a belted jacket. Add boots to complete your ensemble for the winter months.

Tips and warnings

  • As you look for items of clothing and accessories to wear, don't be afraid to go bright. If the high-waisted skirt is black, find a brightly coloured top or round-toed pumps to add to the outfit.
  • Be comfortable with your look when you wear a high-waisted skirt. Give yourself time to get used to the look of this ensemble -- wear it at home a few times before you venture out of the house.

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