What You Should Really Wear With Your High-Waisted Jeans

Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
A crop top isn't the only thing you can wear with high-waisted jeans. Sure, it's a great solution because it hits in just the right place to show off the top of your go-to blues, but it's definitely not the only option. Come fall, you might not want to be showing off that sliver of midriff when it starts to get chillier. Instead, you can start to tuck in full-length tops or layer with cropped jackets or oversized sweaters.

Plus, with the wide variety of high-waisted jeans available, there's no reason to default to the typical high-waisted-skinnies-and-a-crop-top outfit. From the return of the flare to the ultra-popular denim culotte, experiment with your silhouette and play with proportions to create outfits that look both polished and unexpected. Click on for five high-waisted jeans outfits that will get your gears turning.
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
The Bell-Sleeve Blouse
Some people think that when you go bigger on bottom, you have to go with a slimmer silhouette up top. But with wide-leg denim culottes, we say play up the volume with a tucked-in bell-sleeve blouse. It's more interesting than your average tight crop top and is a chic pairing for work. Try it with a slip-on metallic loafer (that just so happens to match your ear cuff) and tie it all together with your go-to black top-handle bag.
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
The Longline Shirt
Just because the rise is high doesn't mean the top has to be short. In fact, the idea of wearing a tunic or dress over pants is sticking around in the coming seasons. With a skinny pair of high-waisted jeans, go to new lengths with a longline button-up shirt. Then, play it up with a structured, cropped jacket and all-white shoe in a unique oxford silhouette. Add a touch of color with a mustard bag and you'll feel comfortable, yet put-together.
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
The Silk Tank
For those last scorching days of summer or Sundays at the farmers' market, a simple silk tank top looks effortlessly chic when tucked into a pair of mom jeans. Since this silhouette might not be the sexiest, a delicate top that shows some skin provides a nice balance. Coordinate the tank to your colorblocked trainers and tie it all together with a cute tote (pardon your French!). A barely-there gold lariat necklace ties this casual, yet flirty, look together.
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
The Off-Duty Tee
High-waisted, destroyed boyfriend jeans give off a chill, laid-back vibe. Keep that going with a comfy, but statement-making tee like this one designed by none other than Alexa Chung. Make it an outfit with an oversized cardigan and sparkly crossbody, then slip into your favorite sneaker and you're ready for a weekend brunch or movie date.
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Illustrated by Sydney Hass.
The Off-The-Shoulder Tunic
An off-the-shoulder top is perfect with high-waisted flares for a date or a night out with friends. This silhouette always looks great with a contrasting platform heel for added height. And white denim pairs well with silver accessories, like this cool clutch and minimalist choker, that play off of the gray of the blouse.
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