Can we all agree that high-waisted jeans are the best and go-to clothing ever created for all girls, including style stars, celebrities, and even fashion editors? High waist or high-rise jeans are pretty flattering to different body shapes; yes, most ladies have difficulty styling and pulling off the high-waist pants look.
Often, there are two main challenges you’ll face when it comes to wearing high-waisted jeans; one, finding the perfect pair for you is not always the easiest search, even when you love shopping – you must find a pair of jeans that will complement your curves well, while also being comfortable, good fitting, and having a good length.
The second challenge is wearing the high-waist jeans in a way that complements those curves beautifully. Often, you will come across a nice pair of jeans that you love, but they may be too short for you, and in other cases, you may not know how exactly to pair the pants.
The right high-waist jeans will not give you a boxy look but will beautifully bring out all those curves.
So, how do you wear high-waisted jeans in a way that will flatter your curves? Keep Reading! If you want to know why High Waisted Jeans are popular, read this post!
How to wear high waisted jeans if you’re curvy
1. Know your body type or shape
While high-waist jeans are flattering to more than one figure, not all body types look great in the high waist jeans. The good news, however, is that the jeans look great on most body types/
If you have an hourglass body frame, you will be surprised with how well the jeans flatter your body, often getting rid of the annoying muffin top and holding in your tummy, in the process, showing off your naturally small waist.
When shopping for this pair of jeans, choose the pairs with the contoured waistband that tend to be higher in the back, a design feature that eliminates the gaping in the waist you may have struggled with.
Pear shapes also look amazing in the high-waist pants, especially when you pair the pants with a tucked-in blouse or top. The result is an hourglass silhouette.
If you like this style, you may want to go for the high-waist jeans with ample stretch, preferably the pants made of 1-3% elastane.
These pants will fit comfortably and cinch your waist well, especially with the right kind of belt. And don’t forget to wear a nice pair of heels to lengthen the legs.
High-waist pants may also be ideal for you if you are slender because these pants will call attention to your rear end and the hips and make the bottom half of your body shapely.
If your body is apple-shaped, you may want to steer clear of the high-waist jeans because these often emphasize the tummy area; well, unless the jeans have an excellent, built-in tummy control design.
2. Get jeans in the right size.
The wrong size of high-waist pants will look bad even on someone with the curviest body if the size is wrong. The key to looking elegant and stylish is to wear jeans that fit you correctly, and the most prominent fashion faux pas has got to be wearing the wrong size of clothes.
Avoid buying too small jeans and force you to squeeze into them. But how do you tell pants that are too small for you? You can always tell that your pants are too skinny if they make the tightened sides and the belly appear unappealing – you know what we are referring to!
3. Try out different mid and high-waist jeans.
Since skirts, pants, and low-waist pants are no longer fashionable, you have no option but to join the trend and wear the best mid and high-waist jeans. As mentioned above, these varieties of jeans have been designed perfectly to accentuate the best parts of your body, and they will also hide any deficiencies around your waist.
4. Styling high-waist mom jeans
Who knew that mom jeans would be such a big hit in the fashion scene and that we would all be looking for the perfect mom jeans to show off curves in?
Well, mom jeans, especially the high-waist varieties, are not only stylish and trendy but also the best jeans style for curvy girls. The jeans are stylishly sweet and are universally flattering. And the best part is that you could style mom jeans to suit any occasion.
You only need to tuck in the top, and you’ll be able to enjoy a high level of versatility when it comes to the shoes you can wear with these jeans. You could also easily layer your favorite blazer over it, plus a cute belt to mix things up and dress up your ensemble.
5. Tuck in the top
You will agree that there is no point in wearing high-waist pants if you’re going to cover them with your long or untucked top.
And because this style of pants works perfectly with just about anything, from long-sleeved tops and lumberjack plaid shirts, to your favorite tees, you only need to find colors that match, then tuck them into your high waist jeans.
If you feel like the look is not coming together, here is a trick that we think will be helpful to you – after you’ve tucked in the top or have buttoned the pants over the top, you should raise your arms over the head.
This will pull up just the right amount of fabric, creating the perfect blouson at your waist.
6. High-waist pants and crop tops
If you are dressing up for summer, you will easily pull off the look by wearing the high-waist pants with your favorite crop top.
Because of the pants’ higher waistline, only one or two inches of skin will be revealed in the middle, making the crop top the most wearable solution for most people and all figures.
This style also works very well for most individuals because of the slim-fitting style of the jeans – you will be happy with how they hug your curves nicely without squeezing the curves too tightly in a way that would reveal any bumps.
You may also want to pair the jeans with an off-shoulder crop top. This is the other trendy style that will draw just enough attention to your shoulders.
Complete the look with platform heels and statement earrings.
7. How about a pair of high-waist boyfriend jeans
Here’s a style secret you should know – every woman needs at least one pair of boyfriend jeans. Why? Well, boyfriend jeans are very relaxed, and they have a slightly slouch fit, and they have this fit that mimics what you see on men’s pants, even though they are made for women.
These pants come in different styles and designs, including those with a slimmer and more tapered fit, but the best type we recommend for flattering curves are the loose and more laidback styles.
These are the comfortable kind that works well for all body types.
8. Boho-inspired look
You could also try the boho look in your high-waist jeans, especially if you are into bohemian fashion styles.
You could also try the updated take on that classic boho-chic summer look by pairing your favorite blue high-waist jeans with one of your simpler floral, feminine printed tops.
You should choose denim with a skinny fit rather than the flared jeans expected for the boho-inspired styles.
The skinny jeans will keep things fresh, casual, and minimal. Don’t forget to let your hair’s natural texture flow freely; you cannot pull off a boho look if your hair is well done.
Once done, you will be happy with how easy the look works for fun and play, and even for work. Just add simple, fashionable finishes like notice-me ankle boots and a bright-colored clutch purse.
9. Avoid tops that are too blousy.
Since your high-waist pants offer a lot of coverage and volume, you should avoid the blousy tops because these tend to have too much fabric that competes with the pants.
Pairing the pants with such blouses also means risking looking like a chicken lollipop because all the bulk will be pushed to the top.
This applies to the ruffle blouses, layered tank tops, or off-shoulder bed ruffled tops.
As a curvy lady, the double-denim look is stylish, and it will flatter your curves beautifully.
Just choose fitted shirts and unbutton the first few buttons, then roll up the jeans for a subtle, sexy look that will easily camouflage the areas you don’t wish to show off.
Complete the look with a pair of boots, and make sure that the jeans have a cropped fit.
How to wear high waisted jeans with a tummy
- Front tuck
This is the best way for you to hide your tummy when wearing high-waist pants.
Tucking in the front of the top only and letting the top fold-over gently, with the back flowing free, the waist is easily accentuated, and you won’t feel like your entire tummy is being displayed.
- Full tuck
This would be a scary and bold option, but it works well when your top has an open neckline or some volume.
So, after tucking it in, roll up the sleeves, perhaps open the collar, or wear a statement necklace – do anything that would add attention upwards.
And remember to keep the lower half of your body streamlined.
Throwing on a blazer over your pants and tucked-in blouse will easily work for you if you are trying to cover or reduce the appearance of your tummy.
In place of linen, a blazer would be a lightweight denim jacket.
Wear oversized clothing
Instead of a fitted top or outfit, choose outfits with a loose fit, for example, a loose tee, with mom or boyfriend pants, layered with a loose-fitting blazer.
Beyond the tips and recommendations above, go for comfort and try out different styles until you find one that works perfectly for you.
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Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.