The High-Waisted Debate

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Mischa Barton in High Waisted Pants

Some of you may disagree with me on this, but I think it needs to be said: I don't like high-waisted jeans and shorts. I find them ugly with very few exceptions.** While they may be "one of summer 2007's hottest trends", this is one fashion craze that I'm just going to skip.

To me, the high-waisted jeans we're seeing right now look unflattering at best. This is because they draw attention to the crotch-meets-thigh area, which is where many women carry weight. This makes them uncomfortable and unflattering. As an extra bonus, they often bag in the tummy area (see Mischa Barton at right), creating a weird, diaper-like "pouch" shape. Unless the sizing is exactly right, it's not so cute.

Sure, maybe Nicole Richie was able to pull off a pair of high-waisted short-shorts with ease, but she has tiny legs and nothing in the way of a butt. Even the equally skinny Mischa Barton managed to make her frame look out of proportion to her top half when she rocked a similar pair.

Therefore, I won't be caught dead in anything resembling a mom-jean. I'm not at all interested in looking like I'm wearing a baggy diaper and/or pregnant just so I can follow a celebrity trend.

My take on the Micha Barton jean trend is that it won't last, and I couldn't be happier about that. While I have no problems with jeans that aren't super low-rise, I think that the new mom jean extreme is too ugly and impractical to remain popular for long. I also think pocket placement is big and wash matters here. Baggy diaper-style medium wash jeans are a no. Properly fitted styles have more potential.

Sorry over-40-mothers of America, the jeans you've been wearing since 1985 are not making a comeback for long. It's really time to move on.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you love high-waisted jeans or loathe them like I do? I'd like to know your opinions so feel free to leave them in the comments!

** The only exception to the uglyness of high-waisted pants is when they aren't denim and are worn trouser-style for work as seen on Mary-Kate Olsen here. I will admit that the look is extremely classy and cute.