How to wear high waisted jeans over 40

by Rosemond Perdue

How to wear high waisted jeans over 40

If you’re over 40, you definitely remember this trend from the 80’s and 90’s, the high waisted blue jeans. Jeans with a high waist were popular then and this trend is back.

So how do women over 40 wear the high-waisted crop jean trend?

We’ve got some tips on how to wear the high-waisted jeans trend and make it look stylish and flattering for you.

First of all, what exactly is a high-waisted jean?

High waisted or high rise jeans hit at or above your waistline. A high-waisted or high rise jean has a rise of approx. 10 inches (or 25.4 cm). The rise is the length measured from the crotch seam to the waistband.

A high-waisted jean is a fresh, on-trend look that can be flattering on many different body types.

Here are some things to consider when selecting high-waisted jeans

  • High waisted jeans are especially flattering for petites. The higher waistband elongates the body and gives the illusion of longer legs.
  • This style is particularly flattering for the hourglass body shape because the higher waistband highlights the smallest part of the body, the waistline.
  • Pear body shapes should stick to a darker rinse crop jean paired with a lighter top to draw attention away from the lower body and create balance.
  • If you carry weight in your lower belly, a higher waistband can hide it by extending over that area. Look for a waistband that is high enough to cover your belly and choose a substantial stretchy fabric, which can help smooth and flatten your belly.
  • The larger amount of fabric in a higher waist jean, can be difficult for the apple body shape. If you tend to be an apple, choose a mid rise cropped jean instead which won’t call attention to your midsection.
  • If you are buying in store, sit down in the jeans to make sure they are not too tight at the waist.

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Here are ways to style and wear your high-waisted jeans

Wear with a tucked in top to define your waist

Wear a slim shirt that you can tuck in, which will emphasize your waist. You can also wear a button front blouse tied at your waist without the danger of showing any midriff since you’re wearing the higher waist. If you have a rectangle shape the tie can add definition and make you appear as if you have a smaller waistline.


How to wear high waisted cropped jeans over 40 |

How to style high waisted jeans for women over 40 |

Jeans – Top – Fringe mules – Bag – Necklace

Pair with block heels

A hight waist crop elongates your leg, if you wear with a heel it will make your legs look even longer. You can choose one of the season’s hot trends, a block heel to lengthen your legs and still be more comfortable and easy to walk in.

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Jeans – Top – Jacket – Shoes – Bag – Necklace – Bracelets


Pair with a bow neck blouse

Go with the retro feel of high waisted jeans and add a bow-necked blouse. Tie in a loose knot or leave untied for a casual look.

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Jeans – Blouse  – Bootie – Belt – Bag – Sunglasses – Watch

Opt for the bohemian look and pair with a peasant blouse

A peasant blouse tucked into a pair of high-rise jeans looks perfect for spring and summer months. Try a pair of white cropped jeans with a colorful peasant blouse and espadrilles for a stylish warm weather look.

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Peasant blouse – Jeans – Necklace – Bag – Espadrilles


Here are some of our favorite high-waisted jeans and items that pair with them to add to your wardrobe.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Elaine Lascher

I bought a pair of high waist darker wash jeans a few weeks ago from Uniqlo. The fabric is weighty and stretchy and does a great job holding in the belly and bottom without creating a muffin top at the waistband. A great deal for about $30 US. I will style them like the second look for the club challenge next week. My style goal is leg lengthening for my petite body type.


Rosemond Perdue

I’d forgotten how much they hold in your tummy, or maybe the last time this style was here I didn’t have a tummy to hold in!



I have ‘t come tound to such jeans. Yet. I know I will, but I need time to adjust. It will be nice not having my waistband stuck in my belly as this low and mid rise jeans do.


Rosemond Perdue

Greetje, I’m trying to readjust to them too! After low or mid rise for so many years, it does feel strange!



I haven’t bought one yet. So I don’t know how it feels.



Heck yeah! As women over 40, we all know that the best thing about the high waist is that it helps hold in the , “squish” around the belly. But beware the back! If your tush isn’t up to it, they can give you a reallllllly long bum. Pair with a longer cardigan and BOOM- rocking the high waist. 🙂 Great post!


Rosemond Perdue

Melissa, I totally forgot about the whole long bum thing until I put on a pair and realized, wow, this thing goes on for days! Agree, long cardigan hides the rear view a bit!


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