High waist jeans: still refusing to just die, already

Highwaist_jeans This past weekend, your Chief of Police had the misfortune of having to sit through a home video of herself from the 90s. And she was wearing high waisted jeans in it. Trust us when we tell you that’s not a sight anyone should ever have to see again, which is why we have redoubled our fight against the high waisted jeans – and why we were horrified to find this pair new in at ShopBop this week.

Has this trend not died, yet? Seriously, these things tortured us all of last winter: are they really back to plague us all again? It would seem so.

Of course, the high waists are a love/hate thing, and we know some of you – maybe even a lot of you – are firmly in favour of them. We’re sure those people will make them work, and will even look good in them.

Us? Not if you paid us, thanks very much …

15 Comments

  • August 21, 2008

    gokarm

    I still like the idea of high waisted things…like a pencil skirt…but high waisted jeans are too uncomfortable, really. And the style is never SO great as to justify bearing the pain. Sure, it may look alright on certain body types, but only certain ones…only “just” alright.

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  • August 21, 2008

    The Fashion Police

    I actually love them on pencil skirts – have been looking for one for ages! I think the thinhg about high waisted skirts that makes them acceptable to me is that you obviously don’t see the crotch in them, which means you don’t get that “weirdly elongated lower body” look that they tend to create on skinny jeans.
    I can also just about live with them on flares, but somehow the skinnies just don’t do it for me!

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  • August 21, 2008

    Natasha

    High waist jeans are just a crime, and they don’t look good on anyone – people, stop fooling yourselves!

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  • August 21, 2008

    Amanda

    I look positively awful in them, so no, I wouldn’t resurrect my jeans from the 90s either.

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  • August 21, 2008

    Jules

    I’m a bit of a convert to higher (although not really high) waists since Winona from Daddy Likey pointed out that if you dont tuck your top in they are like wearing a girdle : – )

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  • August 21, 2008

    JC

    I hate them.
    Especially the Shopbob ones above..urgh

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  • August 21, 2008

    Am

    yeah, well I have a pair of flared high waisted jeans, which my sister tells me look great on… She could be lying…
    The skinny ones look wrong though!

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  • August 21, 2008

    Jazz

    I like a high waist on flared jeans or on a skirt. The skinny ones, though, not so much. Still, I think, when worn with the right accessories and such, they can look really good.

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  • August 21, 2008

    Janet C

    Yea, I REALLY want my butt to get the biggest part of my body — starting from as high on the waist as possible. And when paired with skinny legs, it most definitely makes the butt look huge. Even on you lucky skinny girls. Just because you think they look great doesn’t make it true. Have you really studied how they look in a rear-view mirror?

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  • August 22, 2008

    Fi

    I am totally with Jules (and Winona). If you put a longish top over these jeans no one will know they are high waisted, plus there will be no muffin top which has got to be a good thing.

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  • August 22, 2008

    kevie

    High-waisted works for one body type: long torso, hip- and butt-deficient. The style actually makes me look like a girl. ‘Low-rise’ (That rebranding term for hip-huggers is just an excuse to sell us 35-year-old fashion at 21st century prices) only emphasizes my curvelessness.
    I prefer the high-waist flaired pants to skinny pants. Though, as mentioned, with the shirt untucked, the skinnies are better than Spanx for holding everything in.
    But any style only looks good if it fits. That may mean getting a larger size than you want to admit to. If the rampant vanity sizing in the U.S. is any indication, most women will buy anything that allows them to claim to be a size 4.

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  • August 22, 2008

    reina

    Are you serious? High Wasted Jeans are hot! just ask victoria beckham!

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  • October 23, 2008

    Randa

    When low-rise jeans first started showing up everywhere I hated them, but then I saw a video of someone in the 90s with high-waisted jeans, from the rear, and thought, “Oh man, her butt looks huge.”
    There’s such a thing as *too* low, of course — I don’t want to see anyone’s thong or muffin top.

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  • November 1, 2008

    Analee

    I think it depends on how high the waist is, what shirt you wear with it, and the details.

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  • November 29, 2008

    Lai-Lai

    I love high jeans, hate low-riders so much.

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