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The Dos And Don’ts Of The High-Waisted Jeans Outfit

Wanting new ideas to style high waisted jeans outfits? We have trawled the fashion blogosphere to bring you inspiring classic, casual, sexy and chic alternatives for your next look.

Once the subject of much ridicule, the notorious mom jean has re-emerged over the last few years to become one of the hottest looks around. Plucked straight out of the 90s, the high waisted silhouette is more popular now than ever before. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this style is stuck in its former heyday, fashionistas have taken the cut and modernised into one seriously hot ticket item.

How To Wear High-Waisted Jeans

Given the hideous overtones that arise when you think of the term mom-jeans, great styling is key. Begin by buying a brand new pair of high-waisted jeans from the high street or designer boutique. Alternatively, add your own personal twist to a vintage pair of jeans, found in your mother’s wardrobe or Oxfam. To create a contemporary look, pair your high-waisted jeans with a great top, or shirt, to make you outfit causal, edgy, classic or chic.

  • When choosing shirts consider pinstripes, classic cotton or linen, soft georgettes, buttoned through the front and easy to tuck into high-waisted jeans
  • Consider midriff tops that meet your jeans at the waist to create a fresh and sexy look
  • Wear vests, coats and blazers to add layers to your look.
  • Think about pairing your high-waisted jeans with bodysuits, tanks and camisoles to create a slender silhouette for your outfit
  • Slip on some gold sneakers for a casual look, or a fringed stiletto to add sophistication
  • Play with different washes – dark, light, black or distressed. Try denim on denim- all one colour or mix and match shades
  • Match tight jeans with the classic white Tee for a casual look

Ways To Accessorise High-Wasted Jeans Outfits

To finish the look, consider some of these options to stamp your mark on this style.

  • A belt is a great way to accentuate your waist and the length of your legs – try out the double buckled belt which is hot right now
  • Jewellery helps personalise the look. Add some class by wearing a large gold watch, necklace or bracelets
  • Finish an outfit with a wide brimmed hat in black or tan
  • Tie a scarf loosely around your neck to chic up you look
  • Grab an oversized bag, or one in a contrasting colour to add some drama
  • Wear a moto leather jacket, a long woollen or faux fur coat or perhaps a pinstriped blazer to create stylish looks

When To Wear High Waisted Jeans

Despite their origins, the mom jeans can be easily adapted to any situation- wear these high-waisted jeans right for any occasion, and you are bound to turn heads. Try:

  • Wearing them on a date with strappy sandals and an off the shoulder black blouse that cuts off at the midriff and leave your hair loose
  • Adding an oversized blazer, white tank and a pair of nude coloured heels to work on casual Fridays
  • Shopping in style by adding a pair of gold sneakers, a pin-striped shirt some sunnies, and an over-sized bag to your high-waisted denims for an uber cool look
  • Styling your high-waisted jeans with on a leather biker jacket, black high-waist jeans and a white tee, for your next concert

Need more ideas to convince you that the high- waisted jeans outfit is for you? Look at how our style bloggers have created fresh, chic, sexy and classic looks of their own.

Featured Photo: Mary Seng creates a casual urban look with her ripped black jeans and a simple oversized grey tee that she ties up to one side. We love the gold stars on the sneakers, and the large black sport watch, which help to keep the look casual and cool.

Jeans and Top: Express, Sneakers: Saint Laurent, Bag: Furla.

Annabelle Fleur doubles a light denim shirt with a pair of mid-blue high waisted denims. Her orange fringed sandals bring a modern and sexy twist to this outfit. Margot high-rise skinny jeans: L'Agence, Lovefringe suede sandals: Stuart Weitzman, Medium wash denim boyfriend shirt: Express, Boy flap bag in perforated leather: Chanel, So Real 48mm sunglasses: Dior multi tube bracelets: Gillian Julius

Annabelle Fleur doubles a light denim shirt with a pair of mid-blue high-waisted denims. Her orange fringed sandals bring a modern and sexy twist to this outfit.

Margot high-rise skinny jeans: L’Agence, Lovefringe suede sandals: Stuart Weitzman, Medium wash denim boyfriend shirt: Express, Boy flap bag in perforated leather: Chanel, So Real 48mm sunglasses: Dior multi tube bracelets: Gillian Julius.

Lisa RVD keeps this look simple and classic with her winning combination of 501s and white tee. She adds an element of sophistication with those to-die-for heels by Louboutin. T-shirt: Levi´s, Jeans: Levi´s (Cut Wedgie), Heels: Christian Louboutin, sunglasses: Céline.

Lisa RVD keeps this look simple and classic with her winning combination of 501s and white tee. She adds an element of sophistication with those to-die-for heels by Louboutin.

T-shirt: Levi´s, Jeans: Levi´s (Cut Wedgie), Heels: Christian Louboutin, sunglasses: Céline.

This combo is the ultimate in Parisian chic. Pam Hetlinger layers the look with a long vest over a simple white shirt tucked in to high waisted jeans. She ties a multi-coloured scarf softy around her neck, and adds a pair of dark pumps. Vest: Ann Taylor, Blouse: Topshop Bracelet: Alexis Bittar Ring: Mejuri Scarf: Chicory Braided Skinny Jeans: 7FAM, Pumps: Reiss.

This combo is the ultimate in Parisian chic. Pam Hetlinger layers the look with a long vest over a simple white shirt tucked in to high-waisted jeans. She ties a multi-coloured scarf softy around her neck, and adds a pair of dark pumps.

Vest: Ann Taylor, Blouse: Topshop Bracelet: Alexis Bittar Ring: Mejuri Scarf: Chicory Braided Skinny Jeans: 7FAM, Pumps: Reiss

This is one super casual look. Marie Josie’s ripped high waisted jeans, rolled at the ankle, and her Converse sneakers provides a comfortable look. Tucking in the striped T-shirt accentuates her leg length. The trench adds layers to this outfit, accessorised with a cute matching bag and simple gold bracelet. T-shirt: Monki, Shoes: Converse, Trench coat: Bershka, Bracelet: TOV Essentials, Jeans: Choies.com, Bag: River Island

This is one super casual look. Marie Josie’s ripped high-waisted jeans, rolled at the ankle, and her Converse sneakers provides a comfortable look. Tucking in the striped T-shirt accentuates her leg length. The trench adds layers to this outfit, accessorised with a cute matching bag and simple gold bracelet.

T-shirt: Monki, Shoes: Converse, Trench coat: Bershka, Bracelet: TOV Essentials, Jeans: Choies.com, Bag: River Island

Tine Andrea adds a shirt to make this look timeless and classic. Her high waisted jeans are complimented with a soft striped shirt with feminine tie. Rolled at the ankle, these jeans meet a low heeled, buckled sandal, adding an air of elegant cool to this outfit. Shoes: ATP Atelier, Jeans: Weekday, Shirt from: Zara

Tine Andrea adds a shirt to make this look timeless and classic. Her high waisted jeans are complimented with a soft striped shirt with feminine tie. Rolled at the ankle, these jeans meet a low heeled, buckled sandal, adding an air of elegant cool to this outfit.

Shoes: ATP Atelier, Jeans: Weekday, Shirt from: Zara

Brittany Xavier adds layers to this outfit with an oversized Khaki anorak that covers a soft, low necked shirt tucked into a high waisted jean. Her gold Keds provide a causal elegance complimented with the ultimate in cool – a pair of aviators. The double buckled belt is a hot ticket item this season. Jacket: Forever 21 Jeans: Forever 21, Sneakers: Keds Belt: ASOS Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses: Valentino

Brittany Xavier adds layers to this outfit with an oversized Khaki anorak that covers a soft, low necked shirt tucked into a high-waisted jean. Her gold Keds provide a causal elegance complimented with the ultimate in cool – a pair of aviators. The double buckled belt is a hot ticket item this season.

Jacket: Forever 21 Jeans: Forever 21, Sneakers: Keds Belt: ASOS Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses: Valentino

Wendy Nguyen accentuates the length of her legs in these high waisted form-fitting jeans. The ripped, distressed and high waisted jean spells out causal yet comfortable. She finishes this outfit with a soft pin-striped shirt. The platform sandals, Fendi bag and oversized sunglasses personalise her chic street-wear look. Shirt: Frame, Jeans: Levi’s, Bag: Fendi, Shoes: M.Gemi, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Watch: Daniel Wellington

Wendy Nguyen accentuates the length of her legs in these high-waisted form-fitting jeans. The ripped, distressed and high waisted jean spells out causal yet comfortable. She finishes this outfit with a soft pin-striped shirt. The platform sandals, Fendi bag and oversized sunglasses personalise her chic street-wear look.

Shirt: Frame, Jeans: Levi’s, Bag: Fendi, Shoes: M.Gemi, Sunglasses: Karen Walker, Watch: Daniel Wellington

Jessica R rocks this outfit with its straight legged high waisted jeans with feminine off the shoulder top. This cropped top accentuates the length of her leg and small waist. Her strappy sandals, and simple black bag, make her ready for any date. Top: Charlotte Russe, High Waist Jeans: Asos, Bag: Strathberry, Heels: Steve Madden, Necklace; Vivamacity

Jessica R rocks this outfit with its straight legged high-waisted jeans with feminine off the shoulder top. This cropped top accentuates the length of her leg and small waist. Her strappy sandals, and simple black bag, make her ready for any date.

Top: Charlotte Russe, High Waist Jeans: Asos, Bag: Strathberry, Heels: Steve Madden, Necklace; Vivamacity

Lisa D Cahue pairs a cropped top that cuts off at her midriff exposing the high waist of her jeans to accentuate the length of her legs. This denim-on-denim outfit is finished with a gorgeous black mule that lengthens the foot. Add to this the small red satchel and amber sunglasses, and you have one smoking hot look. Top: Rachel Comey, Jeans: Khaite, Shoes: Chanel, Bag: Celine, Sunglasses: Ahlem “concorde,” Bracelets: Vita Fede and Miansai

Lisa D Cahue pairs a cropped top that cuts off at her midriff exposing the high waist of her jeans to accentuate the length of her legs. This denim-on-denim outfit is finished with a gorgeous black mule that lengthens the foot. Add to this the small red satchel and amber sunglasses, and you have one smoking hot look.

Top: Rachel Comey, Jeans: Khaite, Shoes: Chanel, Bag: Celine, Sunglasses: Ahlem “concorde,” Bracelets: Vita Fede and Miansai

Jill Wallace plays with updating the mom look, adding layers over her jeans and a soft camisole with lace insert. The vest’s gold buttons and the strappy black stilettos help in creating an understated yet chic outfit. High-Rise Bell Crop Jeans, Silk Lace Cami, Double Breasted Jacket, Heeled Sandals Star Choker, and Crossover Bracelet: all by Express, Mini Bag: Strathberry

Jill Wallace plays with updating the mom look, adding layers over her jeans and a soft camisole with lace insert. The vest’s gold buttons and the strappy black stilettos help in creating an understated yet chic outfit.

High-Rise Bell Crop Jeans, Silk Lace Cami, Double Breasted Jacket, Heeled Sandals Star Choker, and Crossover Bracelet: all by Express, Mini Bag: Strathberry

Mary Josie wears her high waisted jeans with a plain tee and dark bomber jacket to create a style that is both comfortable and casual. The hat and pair of skin-toned heeled sandals are both sassy and cool. Jeans:Choies.com, Bomber jacket: Choies.com, Hat: H&M, Top: ZARA, Bracelet & Other Stories Shoes: Public Desire

Mary Josie wears her high-waisted jeans with a plain tee and dark bomber jacket to create a style that is both comfortable and casual. The hat and pair of skin-toned heeled sandals are both sassy and cool.

Jeans:Choies.com, Bomber jacket: Choies.com, Hat: H&M, Top: ZARA, Bracelet & Other Stories Shoes: Public Desire

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Andy Torres plays with layering with her long coat and scarf over a T-shirt tucked loosely into her high waisted jeans. The edgy ankle boots create an individual look to express her personality. Form hugging jeans show-off her slender silhouette and the ripped knees help to create this causal outfit.

Snoopy Jumper: Coach x Peanuts (co), Coat: Zara (old), Shoes: Sandro, Bag: Coach, Jeans: Asos, Sunglasses: Dior

Anine Bing marries two elements from the 90s in a contemporary way. The silk camisole tucked into her high waisted black jeans creates a chic look. Simple ballerinas in pony, and gold accessories, adds contrast and texture to this black on black look. Silk Camisole in Black, High Waisted Ripped Jeans in Black Collette Ballerinas in Pony Hair all by Annie Bing

Anine Bing marries two elements from the 90s in a contemporary way. The silk camisole tucked into her high waisted black jeans creates a chic look. Simple ballerinas in pony, and gold accessories, adds contrast and texture to this black on black look.

Silk Camisole in Black, High Waisted Ripped Jeans in Black Collette Ballerinas in Pony Hair all by Annie Bing

Here Brittany Xavier links colour from head to toe. Her light wash high waisted jeans are teamed with a navy jacket to dress the look up. Her blue crisscrossed sandals, and chained leather bag, add a causal, yet sophisticated, tone to this outfit. Jacket: Armani Exchange Jeans: Madewell, Heels: Vince Camuto, Bag: Ivanka Trump, Sunglasses: Tom Ford

Here Brittany Xavier links colour from head to toe. Her light wash high-waisted jeans are teamed with a navy jacket to dress the look up. Her blue crisscrossed sandals, and chained leather bag, add a causal, yet sophisticated, tone to this outfit.

Jacket: Armani Exchange Jeans: Madewell, Heels: Vince Camuto, Bag: Ivanka Trump, Sunglasses: Tom Ford

An effortless look by Mary Orton that would make her look fab walking down any city street. Her classic match of a white pinstriped blazer, black tank and simple white pumps is the perfect way to update any old mom jeans you have hanging around. Blazer: BCBGmaxazria, Jeans: Cheap Monday, Tank: joie, Pumps: Sjp Collection, Bag:3.1 Phillip Lim, Bracelet: Monica Vinader, Pendant and Fringe Necklaces: Melinda Maria, Lips: Nars

An effortless look by Mary Orton that would make her look fab walking down any city street. Her classic match of a white pinstriped blazer, black tank and simple white pumps is the perfect way to update any old mom jeans you have hanging around.

Blazer: BCBGmaxazria, Jeans: Cheap Monday, Tank: joie, Pumps: Sjp Collection, Bag:3.1 Phillip Lim, Bracelet: Monica Vinader, Pendant and Fringe Necklaces: Melinda Maria, Lips: Nars

Valerie Husemann accentuates her waist with these high waisted, fitted jeans and a classic striped shirt tucked into one side. Added to this outfit is the long vest and a pair of black strappy heels, updating the 90s jeans to a cool urban look for today. Vest: Edited the Label, Blouse: Noisy May, Jeans: ASOS Shoes: Steve Madden

Valerie Husemann accentuates her waist with these high waisted, fitted jeans and a classic striped shirt tucked into one side. Added to this outfit is the long vest and a pair of black strappy heels, updating the 90s jeans to a cool urban look for today.

Vest: Edited the Label, Blouse: Noisy May, Jeans: ASOS Shoes: Steve Madden