I actually wrote this piece over a year ago, before I'd even launched my business. I love writing and sharing what I know especially when I'm compelled to write about a particular subject such as this one! I shared the draft with a friend who recently said "Janette did you ever post that blog you shared with me last year? I think everyone deserves to read it". So here we are.
As women we are very self conscious of our stomach and waistline. Whether you've had children or not, magazines and websites show models with a flat stomach or an hour glass figure and we feel pressured to look that way.
Whether we're carrying a little extra baby weight or our natural body type results in us carrying more weight around our middle, we do our very best to conceal it. We wear baggy or loose fitting tops to hide our stomach and even go up a size to accommodate for the extra material we think we need.
The standard rise of the waistline on our trousers, jeans, skirts, etc no longer cater for the varying body shapes and types of women today. As a result, we pull them up or down or undo the button or zip for comfort! The silhouette of our body with a low or mid rise when our body type is rounder in the middle gives us the the dreaded 'muffin top'! It's not even a real thing!
So what is the solution? It's quite simple and often overlooked...the high rise or high waist.
For some reason women avoid high waisted anything. A few women I have consulted or worked with believe high waist jeans or trousers just won't look right on them or are old fashioned and from the 70's or look like 'Mum jeans'! Whaaat!
Whatever the reason, they're overlooked. Why? I personally love a high waist. Although my body shape may look hour glass on the outside, I am most certainly not without the trickery of my clothes! A high waist or rise hides my mummy tummy when I've eaten too much, it doesn't cut it to my middle so no muffin top here and most importantly it looks good! I feel chic yet comfortable.
Recently, I overheard a woman say that she gained so much weight over the festive period and needs to lose it fast! I could see that she looked around a size 10, had great legs with a slightly more rounder middle for the rest of her frame, an apple type. She was wearing a gorgeous pair of jeans and a white cotton top. I could see that she was conscious of her stomach. Her jeans simply needed a higher rise.
Discover the magic
The beauty of an item with a high waist means you can hide your stomach if you wish and show off your waist that you've been hiding. Even if you don't have a slim waist (I certainly don't) a high waist will hug you in all the right places leaving a smooth line under your chosen top. The lumps and creases showing through our clothes can be caused by wearing clothing with a lower rise.
A high waist can suit most body shapes especially if your body type is wider in the middle. I love to see women show of their curves and wearing an item with a high waist is very flattering.
A high rise piece isn't reserved for bottoms i.e trousers and skirts, you can wear high rise underwear, swimwear, leggings, even tights! The benefits of the high rise is the smooth line it creates.
A few years ago I went on holiday to the Dominican Republic with six women all of different sizes and body types. I felt more confident when wearing a high waist bikini set than wearing any other style. I wore a few string bikinis but wouldn't dare walk around without a sarong, whereas I felt free to walk around in a high waist style.
A high waist style can also give the illusion of having longer legs. It doesn't mean women with long legs can't wear them quite the opposite, but I wish there were more high waist options in petite ranges.
My personal favourite used to be a pair of high waist jeans from Primark. I bought them in different washes as I loved them so much and lived in them! Unfortunately, they no longer stock that particular design but after a long search I discovered the 'Jamie' and 'Joni' style jeans from Topshop both of which can hide a multitude of sins including my mummy tummy.
Ways to style
The way you choose to style your high waist piece is up to you and your personal style. I personally love to style my high waist jeans or trousers with a shirt or top tucked in if my day or mood reflects a smart, chic look. I also wear tops over the waist which gives the smooth line and silouhette underneath.
Mid length pleated skirts look gorgeous with a plain t-shirt or buttoned shirt tucked in as do pencil skirts. Trousers and regular skirts without pleats or tucks at the waist can ensure the smooth line of the higher rise.
Once I discovered the benefits of a high waist, I have not looked back. It sometimes takes some convincing with my clients too, but once they're on and fit like a glove, they're hard to remove! I have a nice thick stretch skirt from H&M which looks lovely as a high waist although it isn't actually designed that way. I just made it work.
I do sometimes jokingly say I was born in the wrong era! Although I was born in the seventies, that style had 'gone out of fashion' by the time I reached adulthood. The seventies style was so chic. Halster jumpsuits, soft fabrics and colourful fluid lines and patterns. I would've worn a high waist style everyday!
So are you ready to get high waisted?
Unleash your inner Marilyn and try it! You'll instantly feel confident, comfortable and sexy trust me.
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