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12 Stylish Ways to Wear High-Waisted Jeans

These high-waisted bottoms are here to stay this 2020.
12 Stylish Ways to Wear High-Waisted Jeans
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These high-waisted bottoms are here to stay this 2020.

By now, it should be clear that high-waisted jeans should be a staple in your closet. The denim fabric is timeless and knows no fads, while the high-rise pant detail is universally flattering as it sits on the smallest part of your waist. What's more, it harkens back to the nostalgic years, making your outfits look a wee bit retro and contemporary at the same time. But hey, don't mistake this piece as a basic garment. When styled right, your high-waisted jeans can do wonders.

In case you’re stuck in a rut on how to wear your jeans, we’ve put together some inspiration for your next OOTD. Scroll down and take notes!

Ways to Style High-Waisted Jeans in 2020:

1. Wear them with your other basics.

The classic fit-and-flare look improves most silhouettes. Add a twist to a plain white tee by tying the hem in a knot, while pairing with blue high-waisted flared jeans. Take cues from this street style star who injected a pop of color through orange heels and earrings, as well as a straw wide brim hat for a conversation piece.


2. Pair with an oversized blazer.

When in doubt, you can always polish your jeans with a nice blazer. Now, if you worry about its boxy silhouette engulfing your frame, your high-waisted jeans will instantly cinch your waist at the right place so you'll still be able to flaunt your curves.

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3. Team with cropped tops.

Play with your silhouette and pair a belly-baring crop top with your high-waisted jeans. Match the boxy look of the denim trousers with a top that's got long sleeves and big front pocket.

4. Try to experiment with colors.

Your high-waisted jeans don't need to come in basic blue washes. Try investing in a few colored pieces to spice up your wardrobe. But if you're not big on color, you can always start with another neutral hue like brown so it's more wearable for you.

5. Wear with a statement piece.

As we've established, a classic high-waisted skinny jean won't ever go out of style—all you need is to find ways to make 'em sartorially relevant again. That said, the trick is to pair it with a couple of trendy items to give it a much-needed stylish update. In 2020, ditch the usual button-down and instead don a top with statement sleeves. Tote a tiny bag to complete your look!


6. Pair with classics with a twist.

But if you've got the classic French girl aesthetic down pat, what you can do is to wear your high-waisted jeans with a modern take on your tried-and-tested button-down. Perhaps you can ride the trouser's retro vibe with a wide-collared shirt.

7. Sport ankle boots with cropped jeans.

T-shirts are easy to wear with high-waisted jeans: Just tuck them in and you’re good to go. Yet ankle boots add some interest and depth to an outfit, like this pair of black-striped white booties that showcase themselves perfectly against a cropped hem line.

8. Throw on a cropped sweater.

Speaking of trends, we're excited for the return of cardigans, especially for its laidback look. To keep your nonchalant-but-oh-so-cool vibe, pair your knitwear with some high-waisted blue jeans. It's a cute alternative to the usual tee-and-jean model-off-duty outfit, don't you think?

9. Do some color blocking.

Inject vibrant palettes into your wardrobe and experiment with complementary hues. Case in point: These flared jeans in pink make the casual get-up into a cotton candy-colored dream come true!


10. Borrow from the boys.

Androgynous-tinged looks are all the rage. Borrow a few pieces from your man’s closet like this oversized blazer and graphic tee, which you can pair with your fave blue jeans and loafers. It's a chic take on menswear.

11. Wear denim on denim.

Pairing denim on denim was once a taboo, no thanks to Britney Spears’ and Justin Timberlake’s unforgettable couple outfit bonanza. But good news is we’ve clearly moved on from that as matching denim is definitely back in vogue. In fact, denim coordinates make your look quite put together! Pair your favorite jacket and jeans together and sport a black top underneath for a chic touch. 

12. Go with something retro fun.

Loud and eccentric prints will bring out the retro look in your high-waisted jeans. Do as Liz Uy does and go all funky with a bold printed button-down shirt layered over a turtleneck.

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