Larger Butts in High-Rise Bottoms: Yay or Nay

A recent post on high-rise jeans caused a gentle stir in the comments section about the size of your bottom in the silhouette. The concern was that your bottom looks larger in high-rise jeans and trousers when you tuck your top to showcase the waistband. Of course this is not the case when leaving tops untucked, or partially tucked in front, because then your bottom is covered.

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It’s true. Showcasing your high rise makes your bottom look larger. Conversely, a lower back rise with a tucked top makes it look smaller.

I’m probably in the minority but I LIKE the look of a longer and larger gluteus maximus in fitted high-rise jeans and trousers. For one thing, it lengthens the leg line from the thighs upward. For another, the accentuated curves and defined waistline are sensual. To my eye, these proportions can be very attractive on petite, regular and plus size women. Gone are the days when reducing the size of your bottom was best.

I do agree that showcasing the waistband of high-rise jeans and trousers with a tucked top looks a bit off when you’re very short-waisted, because the silhouette shortens the torso even further (especially when you’re large in the bust).

So I vote yay for larger butts in high-rise jeans and trousers if it doesn’t make your torso look disproportionately short.

What’s your take?

Fashion News Roundup: Week 17, 2015

Kohl’s next design collaboration, an Adidas sustainability initiative, and other fashion news that made headlines this week.

Fun Fashion Fact

Did you know that Liz Claiborne developed marketing strategies that changed how brands are presented in retail stores. She insisted that her clothing line was displayed separately, as a department to itself, accompanied by all the other items she offered. “This was the first time customers were able to select many types of clothing articles by brand name alone in one location of a department store.”

Ensemble: Culottes and Moto Vest

This ensemble was inspired by an outfit in the Banana Republic lookbook, which I thought was a very fashionable way to sport Summer business casual. You could also wear the outfit out to lunch or dinner. Or out and about with a more casual pair of shoes because there is life after jeans

Of course, if wearing sleeveless tops and open sandals to work is not an option, substitute those items with a sleeved blouse and closed toe footwear like pumps or flats.

BR Lookbook

Culottes have become a trendy and very wearable mainstream item, but they might not be your cup of tea. So I’ve provided cropped pants (ankle length or shorter) and a pencil skirt as alternatives.

Here are the components of the ensemble:

Bottoms: Think black culottes, harem pants, cropped pants or a pencil skirt. I’ve deliberately kept jeans out of the formula, but feel free to substitute these dressy bottoms with black jeans.  

Tops: Choose a light neutral top with or without sleeves in a silhouette that works with the bottoms. Keep the fabric dressy for business casual, or jersey for a more relaxed vibe. Wear the top untucked in a fluid of tailored fit. Choose a print or solid. I like cobalt matched with black if you’d prefer to wear a colour. Solid pastels look fab too. 

Black Vest: You’ll need a black moto vest in leather or pleather, or a dressier style of black vest in a non-leather fabrication. Layer it over the top and wear it open. 

Footwear: Choose black sandals, peep-toe booties, heeled mules, pumps, ankle strap pumps or flats, or slipper flats. I threw in a pair of sneakers for those who want to interpret the ensemble in a Sporty Luxe way. 

Accessories: Finish off the outfit with a Spring or Summer bag, which means preferably not black. I vote metallic, pastel, dove grey, tan or white. I’ve also included a wristlet because sometimes that’s all you need. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired. 

I have yet to add a structured vest (sleeveless jacket) to my own wardrobe. Perhaps this will be the year I do that. Dressy vests provide practical outfit interest on a hot day when it’s too warm to wear a sleeved jacket.

Ensemble: Culottes and Moto Vest


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In honour of Earth Day yesterday, I’m sharing some eco-friendly links and articles about sustainability initiatives that caught my attention.

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This tongue-in-cheek article about culottes made Diana giggle.

After reading this older post about how “good eyebrows can change your entire face“, Jeweled wonders if “power eyebrows” are still a thing this year.

Jackiec is thrilled that H&M-owned brand COS is coming to Canada.

DonnaF reports that two entrepreneurs are creating a line of maternity clothes for genderqueer parents. lets you build virtual rooms that can be filled with the products you love. Justina thought this fashion-themed room has a ton of good links.

In need of some fashion-related laughs? Laura (rhubarbgirl) recommends checking out the Throwback Thursday posts on the Nordstrom blog.

Art director Malinda Kahl wears the exact same thing to work every day. La Belle Demimondaine finds this very interesting, but was also frustrated by the different reaction she and her male co-workers get for doing the same thing.

Rethinking High-Rise Jeans

I prefer low-rise jeans and trousers because I find the fit more comfortable around my midsection. I remember wearing baggy and pleated high-rise jeans in the ‘80s and persevering with that stiff fabric digging into my waist, especially when sitting down. Eleven years ago I tried a few pairs of high-rise bootcut jeans with a little stretch. I even came home with a pair because I thought the extra coverage and added stretch would make them more comfortable. But alas, the denim was still too hard despite the 2% spandex. I vowed I would not be purchasing high rises again in future. 

Many years and many low rises later, I unexpectedly fell in love with a pair of floral high-waisted cropped pants. Their scuba fabric, which is very soft and a little stretchy, made them extremely comfortable. They have become a wardrobe workhorse. I started to think that perhaps the soft waistbands on non-denim bottoms made them workable for me.

Then I found two pairs of comfortable, high-rise denim jeans that I love. Both the Gap Resolution Slim Straight Skimmers and KUT from the Kloth Chrissy Flares are fabulous because of their cut, slight stretch and soft denim fabric. They might not look high rise on the model but they are absolutely high rise on me. I have a relatively short rise and both waistbands of these jeans are in line with my belly button.

I was dead set against high-rise jeans after previous bad experiences. But when the new styles tickled my fancy, I tried them again anyway and was pleasantly surprised. Often it is the small details — in this case soft structured denim — that can make the new incarnation of a trend more wearable than it was the last time around. 

And now that I have found the right jeans, I can comfortably sport casual, boxy cropped tops.