If you were to ask me what three clothing items are a must have for any closet, I would say a black dress, a pair of killer high heels, and high-waisted pants (preferably jeans and dress slacks). Okay, theoretically that’s four, so let’s say what four things should live in your closet.
I find high-waisted pants to be adorable, whether they are the latest trend or not. I know hip hugger pants are stylish and fashionable, but there is something about high-waisted pants worn with the right top and shoes that just makes a fashion statement. For those of you with small waists, adding a belt around your waist shows off your hour-glass figure. For those of you with a wider waist, tucking a blouse or top inside of the high-waisted pants creates a break in the symmetry (as opposed to wearing a long shirt over the waist) that adds a slimming effect.
High-Waisted Pants Tips:
- If the pants have a straight leg and are tight at the ankles, a closed pump adds class and style to the look. If you prefer flats, a slip-on flat shoe will do. Generally, wearing clogs or clunker type heels takes away from an elegant look with this type of pant leg.
- For flared or bell-bottom waist pants, a high platform heel, clogs, wedges, work well.
- Ankle boots or high boots make for a great look on both straight legged and flared legged high-waisted pants.
However, if you read my style blog, you know me, and my bottom line fashion advice: wear whatever shoe you want that makes you feel good and look good. The best rule of fashion is that there are no rules! Clothes should be fun as well as practical. Enjoy!
A real plus of high-waisted pants is that the same pair of pants can be made to look casual or dressy, merely by what you choose to wear the pants with. The high-waisted pants that look professional in the office can be turned into sexy evening attire by changing the cotton blouse to a satin, ruffled blouse, and kicking off your sensible shoes, sliding your feet into 5 inch stilettos. Grrrreat!
Add a touch of jewelry, and you shimmer and shine. Simply divine!
High-Waisted Pants Fashion Tip: If you are wearing a pair of high-waisted pants with wide, flared legs that flow, an extremely sexy, chic look is to have the hem of the pants almost drag the ground, even when you are wearing stilt stilettos. The wide material draped over the shoe looks beautiful. This is the complete opposite of the “expecting a flood” look!
High-waisted pants are never a waste of money, because they never go out of style. Rain or shine, day or evening, mix and match to make your high-waisted pants worth every precious penny!
For those of you who love crop tops, but don’t want to show much midriff, wear the crop top with high-waisted pants. Crop tops are darling on their own, so when you add the fashionable top to a great pair of waist pants, the fantastic look is magnified. This ensemble is playful and pretty.
For a head turning look that is elegant and sharp, dressy high-waisted pants with a flared leg and a feminine top is the cats meow. Classy and comfortable! Cool and chic!
You can’t deny that this is a haute couture, polished look!
High-Waisted Pants Fun Fact: When wearing high-waisted pants with a tucked in top, you tend to look more slender and taller. The eye moves completely up and down, and the waist is accentuated. If you wear a large, untucked shirt, the body looks the same size from the neck to the feet.
Tapered waists equals thinner waists!
If you don’t own a pair of high-waisted pants, don’t waste one more minute. Invest in a pair of the modern, stylish, must have slacks. Your body and your closet will thank you!
Get in a good place, with exquisite fashion taste, dressed in pants with a high-waist!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of the Natalie North murder mystery series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of style and detective work in her novels. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, her author FB fan page Nancy Mangano, twitter @nancymangano and her fashion/style/beauty/book blog http://www.passionforprying.wordpress.com