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How to Wear High Waisted Jeans


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The seasons change, cult obsessions fade and trends come and go—but denim is forever. Whether its a summer skirt or ever-classic jeans, a denim piece is rarely—if ever—out of the rotation in our wardrobes. High-waisted jeans, in particular, can be a flattering choice all year round. This style helps to elongate your torso and cinch your waist, giving you a well-balanced silhouette. Read on to find out how to wear and style high waisted jeans for any body type.

 

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Mom Jeans

Want an everyday style staple you can wear season after season? How about a retro 90s classic-mom jeans? They are stylish and cool, similarly to boyfriend jeans, they suit different body shapes and can be worn in many ways. Their high waist demands a tucked in top, and they can be worn with sneakers or booties. Layer a blazer over the top and a classic belt to dress up these jeans, and add some shape to your outfits. When selecting a pair of mom jeans, make sure to pick the one that fits your waist well and choose a leg style that’s appropriate for your figure.

 

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Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend jeans have been a favourite of many fashion industry insiders including icons from Marilyn Monroe and Katie Holmes. Borrowed from the men, the boyfriend jeans cut involves a relaxed, slouchy fit as if they were actually his but tailored for her. However, this does not go to say that boyfriend jeans always have to be worn extra baggy. In fact, more and more, new variations of the boyfriend fit are being created – slimmer, more tapered versions that are still slouchy and relaxed but with a sleeker fit. The loose fit suits just about every body type. Known for its comfortable fit and favoured by many fashion icons, the boyfriend jeans are the epitome of laidback chic dressing with a touch of boyish charm.

 

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Skinny Jeans

Once thought of as a trend, skinny jeans have now transformed into a classic style and wardrobe staple. A quick, easy-to-wear item for off-duty days, they can easily be thrown on without a second thought. Their simplicity makes them an essential item for every woman’s closet. For a chic look, pair your skinnies with a shirt and heels. The classic style of a button-down adds a polished touch to denim that can easily work for smart-casual occasions.

 

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Flare Jeans

Flare jeans are a striking style that can work for every body type. If you’re curvy, this jean’s iconic bell-shape hems offer balance for wider hips, while making your legs look longer. Meanwhile, those of us with boyish body shapes can wear flare jeans to create the illusion of curves. Whether you’re styling them for casual weekends, layering them to play up their bohemian-chic vibe for concerts and parties, styling them with polished pieces for the office, or dressing up your flare jeans for a date night out, flare jeans add instant style to outfits.

 

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Straight Leg Jeans

As the name implies, straight leg jeans have a silhouette running straight down to the bottom. They have a consistent leg width and tend to feel somewhat snugger in the thigh. While occasionally confused with skinny jeans, straight leg jeans differ in that they do not taper towards the bottom but have an even leg width throughout. We recommend choosing a dark wash with stretch, which with visually slim while holding everything in. Pair them with a navy blazer, a simple white t-shirt, a shoulder bag and pointy-toe flats for a chic approach to this must-have trend.

 

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Bell Bottom Jeans

We may have thought the flared style had come and gone the first time around, but some of our favourite fashion girls have been sporting the retro trend, giving it a fresh new take for the season. There’s no time like now to channel the good vibes of the ’70s, so why not let a pair of bell-bottom jeans be your seasonal pick? Pair them with a belted flowy shirt, rounded Lennon-style sunglasses and booties for an effortlessly chic look.

 

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Ripped Jeans

For the fashionistas out there aiming for a cool and casual look, ripped jeans are a definite no-brainer. Style icons have proved that the laid-back fashion staple can be worn for various occasions, from weekdays running errands to nights out on the town. The art of pulling off ripped jeans comes down to one important trick: Don’t wear them with other distressed garments. Adding in another worn-in item can make the look appear sloppy instead of cool. Instead, stick to pieces like a turtleneck or blazer, a voluminous top and ankle boots for something on trend, or a simple T-shirt and a leather jacket to achieve a model-off-duty look.

 

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Light Wash Jeans

Great jeans are appropriate year-round, but there’s a refreshing feel to a new pair of light wash ones. Lighter denim is inherently more casual than dark blue and black—and summer is the perfect time to capitalise on that. Your ideal light pair looks just as cool with sneakers and a plain white T-shirt as it does with a navy blazer, so you can think of them as your warm-weather go-to. Not only is the light wash look on trend, but it also gives a cool, laid-back, almost retro twist to any ensemble.

 

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Acid Wash Jeans

Known for its stonewashed look, acid-washed denim is the trendiest style of the late 80s. Celebrities such as Kendall Jenner and Katy Perry have already been seen wearing acid wash jeans, teaching us that it’s easier to pull off than we think. The key is to approach your bleached denim no different than distressed jeans. For an off-duty style, balance your boyfriend jeans with a crisp white tee and sneakers. Want a more polished outfit? Pair tailored jeans with a stylish jacket and stilettoes. For a night out, choose for a cool-girl bleached dress with knee-high boots.

 

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Vintage High Waisted Jeans

An outfit-maker in a league of their own, vintage high-waisted jeans might just be the must-have you didn’t realise your closet was missing. Here’s why: with a silhouette that’s polished, statement-making and figure-flattering all at once, this wardrobe essential can be reinvented time and time again depending on how you wear them. You want to pair them with pieces that are the right proportions to show off the flattering high waist and look as forward as possible. Adding a belt and/or jacket can often make the outfit even more flattering.

 

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Black High Waisted Jeans

Regardless of whether straight, skinny wide or cropped jeans are your thing, the majority of us can agree on one thing — high-waisted cuts are universally stylish. They tend to make your legs look longer, suck you in and can be dressed up or down to suit almost every occasion. The ultimate pick for a put together figure-hugging look, black high waisted jeans are the wardrobe basic every girl should have. Emphasise your curves in all the right places and nail the edgy, off-duty vibe with a pair of killer black high waisted jeans. Make this must-have your everyday uniform by teaming them with a basic tee and sneakers for an effortless casual look that’s by no means basic.

 

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White High Waisted Jeans

By now, we’ve established that it’s perfectly acceptable to wear white after Labor Day. Even so, there’s always that twinge of doubt, especially when you’re so used to pairing your white skinnies with a strappy tank or summery top. Does it look seasonally inappropriate? Should I switch into black skinnies? Well, we’re here to tell you that white high waisted jeans are a fashionable choice all year round. Blue jeans are of course still the classic, but white is ruling too. White jeans are a fashionable, versatile closet staple in any woman’s wardrobe. You can style white denim to look chic for the office, going out on dates, and with casual weekend wear. Choose rips, frays, patches and embroideries for a truly stand out pair.

 

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Navy High Waisted Jeans

Nothing measures to the ubiquity of the classic navy high waisted jean. It’s probably one of the few pieces of clothing we all own—regardless of your personal style. Navy blue high-waisted jeans can work for any time of day. The high-waist cut lends itself to a variety of shirt silhouettes and shapes, while the colour navy can be treated as a neutral, like white, black grey or brown. Throw in a bright-hued accessory for a fresh pop of colour.

 

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Plus Size High Waisted Jeans

High waisted jeans have been one of the most popular denim styles for what feels like forever now. But if you’re not a stick figure, they might feel difficult to pull off. However, plus size women can look stunning in high waisted jeans. You just need to select the perfect-fitting pair and then style your jeans the right way to balance your proportions, so you can show off your style and confidently flaunt your curves. A pair of dark-wash jeans is definitely the most slimming option for plus-size women. High waisted jeans in a dark indigo wash are one of the most versatile types of jeans in any ladie’s wardrobe as they can be worn with casual outfits or dressed up for more formal occasions.

 

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High Waisted Denim Shorts

Fear of constant wedgies and camel toe aside, denim shorts are necessary on a hot, humid summer day. And they can be oh so versatile. A beat-up pair of Levi’s cutoffs always looks cool, while a high-waisted style can be as polished as an A-line or pencil skirt — with less thigh chafing. Whether you’re headed to a music festival, or you’re just ready to show off your legs this summer, denim shorts is one item you can’t live without. Simply pair them with a cute crop top and sandals for an effortlessly summery and stylish look.

 

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How to Wear High Waisted Jeans

  • Like most things in fashion, high waisted jeans look infinitely better when they’re in your correct size. Whether you prefer straight or cropped, do get them tailored for you.
  • Don’t hide the stylish high waist of your jeans. Tuck in a blouse or simple t-shirt into the waistband of the jeans.
  • Play with proportions and wear your high waisted jeans with a long jacket.
  • Wear them with booties or sneakers. 

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