Laura e-mailed me this request:
I think it would be great if you could write about the high-waist trend (i.e. what types of tops to wear to balance a high waisted skirt, how to balance high waisted pants). I just can’t seem to figure it out without it looking strange, and I assume others feel the same way. I guess hip huggers have just been in style too long!
Since high-waisted bottoms bring the perceived waistline upward, each woman will need to consider how that impacts her proportions. Women with larger busts and long or short torsos may find that high waistlines emphasize these features. Some will love that, some will hate it, some will be neutral … but it’s worth noting. High waists also mean that a defined break in your outfit hits higher on your body than usual, which means that shoulder span, hairstyle, and jewelry should be considered. All three are going to be closer than usual to your waistband, so giant shoulders, hair, or jewels may feel like too much.
Although high waistlines can be hidden beneath untucked shirts, most often you’ll want to show them off. That means tucking! In my experience, button-front shirts tend to work beautifully tucked into high-waisted skirts and pants. The style hearkens back to dressier times, and the structure and formality of a button-front fits right in. Button-fronts also create a narrow v-neckline, which means you can do a fun necklace but allow it to just peek out from the shirt collar. If that style of top won’t work for you, consider something fairly close-fitting. Certain slim-fitting high-waisted bottoms look gorgeous with billowy, voluminous tops tucked into them, but that pairing is much trickier to pull off, in my experience.
Since this style is all about the waist, feel free to emphasize it even further by adding a belt. Doing so may allow you to bring the perceived waistline down just a smidgen by belting an inch or two into the high waist area of the garment. If you opt for a button-front shirt, you could also try knotting it at the hem which will pull the shirt body in a bit.
Again, this style may feel challenging for those who already struggle to balance their figures. High-waisted silhouettes are exaggerated and purposely imbalanced, which may be off-putting to some. But skirts and pants with high waists can be comfortable, elegant, and eye-catching, so don’t knock ’em till you’ve tried ’em!