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How To Style High-Waist Pieces

Beatrice Lessi

From Amal Alamuddin iconic white separates to Taylor Swift’s shorts or Barbara Martelo’s bottom pieces: high waisted never looked so sophisticated before.

Choose this shape to make your legs look longer and if you want to show off your wasp waist; add shoes in matching color or nude to visually elongate even more. Accentuate with a high belt or buttons or zips to draw attention to the area. High waisted pieces are very versatile and go well both for casual or formal outfits, with denim, leather, stretched pants or trousers with pinces. Be active and keep your abs toned for a perfect result – here’s our selection of some of the best looks.

Kendall and Gigi

These two friends and supermodels are America’s sweethearts. Their love for high-waisted pieces and crop tops is very well documented.

how to style high waist pieces

Kendall and Jenner in Balmain. Photo: harpersbazaar.com

how to style high waist pieces

Classic cream midi skirt and crop top for Gigi Hadid. Photo: harpersbazaar.com

how to style high waist pieces

Sexy with a high-waisted skirt. Photo: harpersbazaar.com

how to style high waist pieces

The sporty way. Photo: harpersbazaar.com

how to style high waist pieces

Incredibly chic. Photo: harpersbazaar.com

Denim Shorts

When the temperature allows it, we can’t resist this comfy and young style, fit for any casual moment.


Candice Swanepoel in Mother Denim shorts. Photo: motherdenim.com


A casually dressed Rihanna leaves Da Silvano restaurant in NYC. Photo: twitter.com

Mini Skirt

Classic black or alternative white, decorated with zips or padded – short skirts are always a head-turning option, especially in the high-waisted version.


Barbara Martelo is known for her high-waisted pieces that make her legs look even longer. Photo: pinterest.com


Statement leather miniskirt, decorated with zips and buttons. Accessorise with sunglasses and keep the rest minimalistic. Photo: pinterest.com

Floating Fabrics

Choose chiffon or light cotton for a fresh, summer effect fit for Coachella or casual days.


White chiffon high waist shorts and crochet crop top. Photo: gallery hip.com


Alessandra Ambrosio in comfortable festival mood. Photo: pinterest.com

Elegant Separates

Put together, elegant but not stiff: two matching pieces with high waist are a confident stylish choice.


The iconic trousers separates that made Amal Alamuddin an instant fashion icon. Photo: FameFlynet.uk.com


Alessandra Ambrosio in Calvin Klein. Photo: elle.com

Trousers with Pinces

In case you thought high-waisted pieces are something for trendy young chicks only, here is an example of how ageless this look is.


Joan Smalls in crop top and formal trousers. Photo: popsugar.com


Kendall Jenner seen leaving her hotel in New York City. Photo: splashnews.com


High waisted jeans are a new classic for any age. Do have one pair to alternate to your low-waisted denim.


Ridley high waist ultra skinny jeans in light vintage wash. Photo: ridley.com


Cropped sweater and high waisted jeans. Photo: pinterest.com


A Karlie Kloss, fashion week classic is the high-waisted flared denim. It doesn’t need much accessorising or fuss around it because it’s already quite a strong, modern look.


Karlie Kloss in flared jeans and basic striped top. Photo: pinterest.com


Another example of flared jeans, paired with a cropped pullover. Photo: tumblr.com

Pencil Skirts

Xenia Tschoumitcheva knows how to wear a middle-lenght shirt and often goes for high waist in cream colors.


Xenia in figure-hugging, cream pencil skirt and studded high heel shoes. Photo: chicoverdose.com


Xenia wearing a white high-waist skirt and Zanetti shoes. Photo: sheknows.com

Bright Colored Shorts

Be musically inspired like Taylor Swift or a Coachella festival-goer.


Taylor Swift performs onstage at the Madison Square Garden. Photo by Kevin Kane/Getty Images


Alessandra Ambrosio at Coachella. Photo: fanshare.com

Simple black

Classic, fun and good at any age. A perfectly fitting pair of black, high waisted trousers are a wardrobe stable that can bought with any budget.


With a blazer and light grey accessories: easy but also very classic. Photo: brooklynblonde.com


H&M skinny jeans in black. Photo: vavavogue.com

Red Carpet

Floor-length, theatrical, fit for any entrance.


Rihanna makes a splendid entrance. Photo: pinterest.com


Taylor Swift crop top sets. Photo: thenewyorkpost.com

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