How To Wear A High Waisted Skirt.

How To Wear A High Waisted Skirt.


* Long sleeved black top from Miss Shop * Wrap cardigan from Metalicus * Hand me down skirt from a stylish friend (xox) * Boots from Redpaths in Canberra * Tights from Big W * Mr Smaggle’s scarf * Glasses from Specsavers (Oh and the glasses are real, I wear them for working on the computer.)* 


How To Wear A High Waisted Skirt

It’s All About Balance

Make sure that you balance your figure. A high waisted skirt is going to draw you in at the waist, making big hips look huge and broad shoulders look giant. I have man shoulders so I’ve chosen a slim line skirt with a ruffle hem to create volume in the slimmest part of my body – my lower legs. Without the ruffle, this look would be too top heavy, especially with the chunky scarf. It’s all about the balance. 

Rock Your Bod

High waisted skirts are not the most forgiving of clothing items so you really need to own your figure if you want to wear one. Your gorgeous flat little bottom, your delicious child bearing hips or your bite worthy bodacious thighs will all be magnified in a slim fit skirt. There’s nothing more beautiful than a sizable rump or a pair of long stick insect legs in a fitted skirt but you have really rock it or you’ll just look uncomfortable. 

Break Up The Waist Line

I usually like to break up the waist line of any outfit with a tie belt or wrap cardigan. It cuts off the unflattering horizontal line right around my midsection and creates a softer look. This works with knotted belts, fabric obi belts and soft waist ties too.


This outfit was worn for a day of writing, rehearsing and a sneaky late night glass of red wine.

Are you a fan of the old high waisted skirt? How do you wear yours?

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.

12 Comments

  1. Anonymous 2 years ago

    Love a high waisted skirt, but I have a weird ass body shape that I’ve never quite been able to look good in one. You, my dear, are totally rocking it!

  2. My waist is too short but you rock it and your tips are ace!

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      Smaggle 1 year ago

      I have the WORLD’S LONGEST TORSO!!!!

  3. Nessbow 2 years ago

    I used to hate high-waisted skirts with a passion, but now they’re my go-to. I agree completely about breaking up the waistline. I will use a corset belt or a plain old scarf to soften the harsh line at the waist. Wearing a cropped jacket also looks great on short, petite figures.

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      Smaggle 1 year ago

      I really love them, they work well on my figure!

  4. Jasmine 2 years ago

    I sell high waisted skirts for a living! But they’re full skirted, not pencil/wiggle shapes, so they’re far more forgiving to wear. I find I wear skirts far more in winter when I can take advantage of layering – tights, petticoats, cardigans, long sleeve tops etc.

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      Smaggle 1 year ago

      Oh how wonderful! I’m a pencil gal all the way… the full skirt ones make me look giant!

  5. Tahlia Meredith 2 years ago

    Love it, you look fabulous!

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 2 years ago

    Babe, you so don’t have man shoulders! And you’re clearly dressing well because all I see is hourglass goddess!

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      Smaggle 1 year ago

      Ha thanks hon! I am built like a footy player though. :-)

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