The 1970’s high-waist trend has reemerged and quickly become a wardrobe must-have. This trend can either make you look chic or likeLauren Bacall you’re sporting your mom’s castoffs, but don’t let that scare you: no matter your shape or size, when worn correctly, high-waist bottoms elongate your legs and define your waistline.

I knock wood. Why? Hoping the low-slung, pelvis-baring jeans that required many a woman to spend an evening tugging at the back of her pants every time she sat down, are relegated to a few decades in trend oblivion.

Not everyone wants to be zipped-in up to their ribcage, but making your lower hipbones the focal point of an outfit looks a little out-of-place if you’re not at Scores or Sturgis. The scantily and brightly clad 1970’s trendsetters took us there; the 2000’s club-hopping socialites took it too far. The 2010’s are taking it back.

There seem to be two distinct camps when going the high-waisted route: professional, pleated suit trousers or hipster mom-jean cutoffs. But with a few seasons’ worth of womanly, boyish or vamp-y choices out there, rocking a high-waist look is an easy and versatile look. So before you go swearing it off, let’s look at a few ways that you can rock this trend.


A High-waist skirt is essential in building a closet of work-wear staples. High waist skirts come in a variety of silhouettes and styles. Pair a high waist pencil skirt with a tucked in blouse and high-heeled pumps for a super chic office look.

HIgh Waist Pencil Skirt

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For a flirty, feminine look you can’t go wrong with high-waist dress shorts. If you’re going to a casual-dressy affair pair neutral high-waist dress shorts with a pastel chiffon blouse, chunky jewelry and a pair of wedges.

High Waist Sailor Shorts

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Think of the screen sirens from Hollywood’s golden age. Classy, but alluring. Sharp, but feminine. Sleek fabrics and smooth lines, luxurious touches of buffed leather and suede. Pair with close-cut blouses, lady-like blazers and perhaps a pair of wrist-length gloves.

pleated high waist pants

Haute Hippie – Pleated Pants with Tabs (image via Singer22)


As waistlines work their way up, so do shirt hems, leaving patches of skin bare against cropped tops. If you’re feeling youthful, take a play from old-school cabaret dancers and don sheer tights, high-waisted short-shorts (or a pencil skirt) and an ab-baring long-sleeve shirt for that playful-kitten vibe.

high waist denim shorts

Citizens of Humanity – Chloe High-Waist Cut-Off Short


Pull out your vintage button-up 501’s, chunky fisherman’s sweaters and mid-rise, soft corduroy pants tucked into cozy t-shirts. Long skirts with chambray shirts knotted at the waist, Chelsea boots – the high-waisted trend is perfect for those who think comfortably.

high waist skirt

H&M – Suede Skirt

This guest post was written by Daisy Ross is a freelance fashion blogger for Singer22. When she’s not writing about women’s style issues, you can find her re-organizing suitcases filled with hats, belts and scarves – just like a borderline hoarder.

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