Serious fashion query: what are your thoughts on high waisted jeans? I realize this is not some brand new, avant-garde trend, and that I’m a little behind the times on it. But I purchased a pair from Shopbop a couple weeks ago and have been experimenting with them. It felt like a fool-proof experiment, because for starters, I purchased the high waisted version of the beloved “photo-ready” skinnies I wrote about last year. They remain my all-time favorite jeans, so the same fabric in a different cut seemed like a good way to dip the proverbial toe in.
I’ve seen high waisted jeans on so many gals and thought they looked fab. But have you ever had the experience of trying on a trend expecting it to look one way — like an “after” shot — then you gaze upon yourself in the mirror and you feel more like the “before”? Well, that was my initial reaction. Total womp womp moment. I think after years of wearing mid and low-rise denim (thanks, 2000-2010!), the silhouette of these jeans was just so different, it quite literally took my eyes a second to adjust to it. So began trying said jeans on with basically every top I own, then realizing that wearing high-rise jeans in earnest would require buying several new blouses. (Side note: This is how the fashion industry gets us).
I played around with the look a little, and this past weekend, wore a tucked in black silk cami with the jeans, and ended up really liking the look — especially paired with these pointed-toe wedges on Friday and these booties on Saturday. Less successful was a bodysuit look, in which I tucked a fitted tank into the jeans and layered with an unbuttoned chambray shirt. “Is this ridiculous looking?” I asked Joe, “Like I’m trying to be a 21 year old cruising around Soho?”
“It could be Soho,” he replied, his face trying in vain to not show his true thoughts, “…or you could be a soccer mom in 1994.”
Mixed results, to be sure.
One article I came across while searching for style inspiration on Pinterest (hey, all those outfit pics DO come in handy!) pointed out that high waisted jeans can be a bit jarring to the first-time wearer, because they do a great job of emphasizing the hips. I don’t say this as a bad thing; rather, I think previous denim silhouettes have done such a good job of minimizing them that at first look, you do a double take when you remember what pants accentuating your curves actually looks like.
Current conclusion? It’ll take me a bit, but I think these things are growing on me. It would seem that high waisted jeans are what skinny jeans were to me in 2006: something I swore I’d never buy, then inevitably, became a staple.
Do you own any high waisted jeans? What are your favorite ways to style them? Also, if like me you were not born with a smaller chest, how do you dress your top half so that your curves look proportional? So far, the silk cami experiment worked because the bare shoulders balanced out the chest, but I’m struggling with the whole “t-shirt tucked in” look that so many gals can rock. Methinks that combo is just not in my sartorial future.
Next to discuss: the return of flared denim. Also known as “never give away any of your jeans that still fit.”
PS! A quick sale note you definitely need to know about… Many of the jeans featured here are currently 25% off at Shopbop, but for 3 days only. Their Friends & Family sale is on now, which gives you 25% off your entire order! Use the code INTHEFAM25, and get more details on the sale here, but hurry — the sale ends Thursday night. In non-denim related news, I will totally be taking advantage of the discount to scoop up this jacket!