Outfit Ideas for a High-Waisted Skirt

Allison Williams goes for a classic look by tucking a white button-down blouse into her high-waisted skirt.
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A high-waisted skirt is an ideal wardrobe piece for highlighting hourglass curves, even if you don't have them naturally. While a tucked-in top usually works best with a high-waisted skirt, it's not the only play in the book. Simply by changing the accompanying pieces, you can create a variety of outfits with this fashionable skirt style as your centerpiece. You'll find your high-waisted skirt is appropriate for everything from school to the mall to date night.

1 Classic Polish

Whether you’re rocking a high-waisted pencil, bubble or swing skirt, you can’t go wrong if you pair it with a classic white button-down blouse. Be sure to tuck it in to show off your skirt's high waist. For a sexy, retro look, team a black satin high-waisted pencil skirt with your button-down and peep-toe pumps for a stand-out ensemble for a dance or special date night. Swap out the pumps for bright pink or red ballet flats for an unexpected pop of color, and add a chunky bracelet in a similar hue.

2 Flirty and Feminine

Give your high-waisted skirt a flirty look by pairing it with girly pieces. Wear a dark purple high-waisted bubble skirt with an ivory lace blouse, and slip into black pumps or strappy heels for a feminine party ensemble. Add a bow-shaped pendant to finish the look. For a more streamlined variation, tuck a baby-pink or peach chiffon shirt with a tie-front neckline into a navy high-waisted pencil skirt; wear embellished ballet flats and small crystal drop earrings for a look that has plenty of girly charm.

3 Relaxed and Casual

You don’t necessarily have to save your high-waisted skirt for special occasions. If you pair it with a simple T-shirt or tank top, you can dress it down for a casual, everyday look. In summer, rock a high-waisted floral swing skirt with a yellow tank top and wedge espadrilles for a stylish, low-key vibe. When the weather’s cool, wear a long-sleeve gray tee with a high-waisted denim miniskirt, tights and flat knee-high boots for some extra warmth.

4 Modern and Edgy

While tucked-in tops are the most common option with a high-waisted style, go for a more modern look by pairing your skirt with a crop top that still showcases the higher waist. In the fall, wear a high-waist corduroy pencil skirt in chocolate brown with an oatmeal chunky-kint crop sweater. Add brown tights and lace-up mid-calf boots for an outfit that works for school or lunch with friends. When you’re headed out for the evening, combine a high-waisted black swing skirt with a cropped gray sweatshirt and black ankle booties. If your crop top exposes some of your midriff above the skirt, you can layer an open boyfriend blazer for a little extra coverage.

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.