Saturday, February 25, 2012

Where did it Come From and Why is it Back: High-Waisted Pants

I think it is safe to say that most of us think of the eighties when we think of high-waist pants. Surprisingly, this trend dates all the way back to the 1940’s.

1940’s: Before this time era women did not wear pants, only skirts were accepted. Because of the war, women were needed in the workforce and wearing tight skirts, although they were cute and fashionable, were not safe or practical for factory work.

1950’s: At this time pants were socially acceptable for women’s everyday wear. The pants became slightly more fashionable, shortened their length to make Capri pants, or “Clam Diggers” as my grandmother calls them. As far as shorts go, the high waist was seen in bathing suits and Pinup Girls.

1980’s: The first thing that pops in to my head when I think of high-waisted jeans is Kelly Kapowski from “Saved by the Bell”. Her thin, yet healthy, figure made the jeans look stylish, a little modest, yet sexy.

Today: Now they are back. How do we feel about it? It seems as if it is a hit or miss for people. Some love the trend and can pull it off with confidence. On the other hand, others seem to feel awkward in them and think that they are unflattering. Personally I have yet to build up the confidence to try them; my cousin wears them with confidence and looks amazing in them. What do you think? Here to stay or push it away?

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