High-waisted jeans are a silhouette that really only entered my closet within the past year or so. I had seen them around on blogs, magazines and social media for a while and had assumed that as a petite woman they just wouldn’t work for my body. I figured one needed to be long and lean to get a flattering effect from the style. It turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong. I bought two high-waist pairs from Urban Outfitters last year, a black denim and a blue distressed denim, and have worn each of them countless times since. I love the way the style enhances feminine curves, highlights a small waist and makes legs look miles long, even on a petite gal like me!
The high-waisted style has been around for while, but what makes a pair look truly modern is the shape of the leg as it fits downward towards the ankles. To avoid the hippie look, go for straight leg and skinny fits vs. a flare or bootleg.
A key styling tip for your high-waisted jeans is the absolute necessity of the shirt tuck. A full tuck will provide a more polished look while a half tuck in the front lends a casual-cool vibe. There is one instance where a tuck is not required and that is for cropped top styles. High-waisted jeans will be your best friends with these silhouettes as they perfectly showcase the jeans with no midriff flashing circa 1995.
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If you have yet to dip your toes into the high-waist pool, I recommend easing in with a black skinny leg pair. The dark color is uber-flattering and a fitted leg is consistent with jean trends over the past few years so you shouldn’t feel too out of your comfort zone. I especially love pairing mine with a chunky sweater and slip on mules for an easy wear anywhere look. These jeans will also transition perfectly into the cooler weather for winter with a great pair of boots.