How to wear high waisted without looking like a 70s disco queen!
Hip huggers are out, it's time to set your sights to the highest heights with these fresh high waisted styles...

Apr 15, 2013 12:10
by Caitlin Reid

Forget the flares and denim shorts, embrace the now! High waisted styles with a kick of colour, and snappy prints are taking over the collections and the front row. The style is loved by Diane Kruger, Jess Hart, Miranda Kerr and more! No more 70s disco, the current high waisted look is feminine and fresh. But beware! Cinching your girly middle is not an easy task, and can leave you looking dumpy and frumpy if done incorrectly. Keep it modern and elegant, with these handy hints.

Perhaps the trickiest of all high waisted styles is the palazzo pant. Choose the correct size for you, and think wide, column leg, not flared, floppy fabric. When paired with cropped singlets and heels, the palazzo pant magically transforms even the shortest legs into Pharlap length pins.

High waisted skinny jeans are nothing new, but this season look for autumn hues. Try khaki, aubergine, indigo, or brown to mix up the denim trend. By choosing a skinny or straight leg, your curvy feminine silhouette is enhanced without adding extra bulk. Ensure the waistband sits just below your bottom rib for the real deal.

Want to experiment with texture? Yes please! Try a leather high waisted skirt for a bold mix of sexy and sass. Keep it classy with a soft blouse or girly silk singlet, and avoid adding any more leather to the look. Hint: embrace the transparent plastic clutch trend.

Tapered pants are a thrilling addition to the runways in the past year. Finally filtering into the high street, look for flattering, busy patterns to keep the look fresh. Forget over-accessoring with busy belts or tops, this piece is the star of your outfit.

Ladylike pencil skirts receive a design makeover with textured peplums and edgy hues. Embelishments escape boredom via interesting fabrics, weaves and prints to transcend the secretary look and embrace the futuristic femme.

If it's coquettish flirt you favour, try a pleated skirt. Adding gentle movement to the hem with every step, this knee grazing style keeps the mystery while keeping the vibe young. Pair with snug fitting tees or three quarter sleeve tops to chanel the innocent mod look. After a little more cover? Maxi length skirts are an elegant way to embark on your quest for high waisted perfection.

Finally, an office standard gets a makeover - the high waisted grey skirt. From receptionist to board member, this look is favoured for its downplayed demure dowdiness. An assymetrical hemline and highly texturized fabric electrifies the look. Tuck in a playful blouse to maintain propriety, but keep it fun.

See? High waisted styles can be modern or classic, it's not all bell bottoms and denim cut offs. Show off your slimmest spot in modern prints and cuts. Pair your high waisted pieces with heels and your legs will appear to grow to a length even Gisele Bundchen would envy!

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