9 Reasons to Love High Waist Denim

I remember the days when I would cringe at the thought of anything that had the words high and waist attached to it. I’ve always been use to things comfortably sitting at my hip bones since… ever, really. It’s what was in style at the time – or at least in my younger years, it’s what I just gravitated towards.

However, in the last couple of seasons, the high waist has made a huge comeback in the form of nostalgia for decades past and the want to re-invent past styles that suit women and the current times.

I’m now a sucker for high waist everything, but more specifically high waist denim. The summer sun requires shorts and a high waist pair is just what the doctor ordered. I’ve started amassing quite the collection as of late… For example, the printed shorts I received in the mail from my little sister and a pair of regular dark wash denim shorts too that I can’t seem to remove. Here’s why, you too, should embrace a great pair of high waist denim if you haven’t already:

  • Body Shaper: They act as a body shaper giving you a nice long and lean streamlined look from head to toe.
  • Non-existent Muffin Top: Say goodbye to muffin tops – a high waist pant never fails to hide these.
  • Cropped Tops: Notice the exploding myriad of cropped tops… They are perfect for pulling a high waist ensemble together.
  • Bye, Bye Plumbers But: No longer do you have to worry about your undergarment of choice hanging out the back of your jeans when you sit down… Or, the even worse occurrence, plumbers butt.
  • Slim Waist: We are women and, naturally, have pretty tiny mid sections which are otherwise hidden by baggy tops, but not with a high waist pair of denim. This will showcase your womanly figure with beauty and ease.
  • Versatility: You always have the option of wearing a longer top with a high waist pair of denim and the best part about that is that extra material is like your own personal pair of spanx. A flowy top works best!
  • Channel Your Inner Flower Child: The 70s were cool and even if you already enjoyed that decade thoroughly it can be a great throwback…
  • 50s Sophisticate: If you’re not into the whole flower child thing, you can button up in a more classic, sophisticated way that’s reminiscent of the 50s.
  • Mens Wear: Only my favorite kind of dressing. If you fancy, you can just dress tres chic in masculine attire and a high waist pair of denim will help to give you that extra buttoned up, slightly masculine look.

Are you sold on the high waist? Why or why not?



  1. dressperado
    June 7, 2011 / 12:18 pm

    As a shortie, I’m so happy to see this trend. Along with everything mentioned above, high waist pants make my legs look longer so I appear taller.

  2. June 7, 2011 / 1:10 pm

    I’m a fan! Flattering fit + long legs!

  3. Katey
    June 7, 2011 / 3:44 pm

    I have to say “no” to high-waisted bottoms. To me, they make even the thinnest of women appear to have a gut. Perhaps that’s just a reflection of my own neurosis. I fear the gut! Plus, I don’t like anything to come near my belly button, creeps me out (another neurotic issue that I should look into). 🙂 That said, to each her own. There’s a reason fashion offers a myriad of choices. What works for some doesn’t have to work for others.

  4. June 7, 2011 / 3:50 pm

    I’m definitely a fan – the boyfriend, not so much! I love wearing just a plain tee with my high-waisted shorts and stacking bracelets and such with it to add a feminine touch. I love that it shows off my waist and hides my love handles hah!


  5. Jen
    June 7, 2011 / 4:50 pm

    I have to agree with Katey, I’m not a fan. I also think they make even the thinnest ladies look like they have a pooch. Personally, I am very short-waisted so they make me look really really awkward…I’m ok with a mid-rise here and there, but high rise…NO WAY!

  6. June 7, 2011 / 5:02 pm

    This list is so amazing. I mean… I think I already naturally loved high-wasited denim but I might like it even more after reading this. I think it gives women a nicer silhouette in my personal opinion.

  7. June 7, 2011 / 9:00 pm

    I just bought my first pair of high waisted shorts a month ago, and I am in love! They’re so versatile, I can wear them to lounge in the house, go out, or go to work in. Love them!

  8. June 8, 2011 / 11:39 am

    Love the reemergence of the high waist in jeans and swimwear. The shape is so flattering, classic and sophisticated, great post!

  9. June 8, 2011 / 10:17 pm

    I LOVE high waisted denim! It’s so slimming and figure flattering for my curvy bottom half. 😉

  10. Juan
    February 4, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    Very nice. Thanks for the info. I’m a guy but thanks to you I know what to buy my wife but the Donna Karen ones are too expensive.

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