Fashion High Waists By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on February 27, 2012 @ 03:30PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Time Inc Digital Studio High Waists 01 of 06 WHY WE LOVE IT MCV Photo This silhouette was a staple in the '70s and '80s, but nostalgia is not the reason to adopt it.Legs look longer, the dreaded "muffin top" bulge and "whale tail" thong top vanish, and anyone with a long torso canleave her blazer button undone. If you've been a low-rise lover, you're in for a pleasant surprise. HOW TO WEAR ITHigh-waist ensembles are not casual-they look very much "in charge." So proportion is key: The waistband should always be visible, or what's the point? Shirts should be tucked in or cropped high. Wide pants work best with a lean jacket; a long pencil skirt takes a looser blouse. Reach for shoes with platforms or stacked heels that let people know you mean business. Photos: (left to right) Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Burberry Prorsum, Yigal Azrouel 02 of 06 Rachel Roy Pants Time Inc Digital Studio Rayon-polyester, $328; rachelroy.com. 03 of 06 Maisonette 1977 Shorts Time Inc Digital Studio Rayon-cotton gauze, $295; 212-695-5770. 04 of 06 Trina Turk Skirt Time Inc Digital Studio Denim-linen-cotton, $198; at Trina Turk. 05 of 06 CH Carolina Herrera Skirt Time Inc Digital Studio Cotton twill, $385; 212- 744-2076. 06 of 06 Camilla and Marc Pants Time Inc Digital Studio Cotton, $330; shopln.com.