Spike Jonze’s latest film, Her, has been met with critical acclaim for direction, screenplay, and acting. But the hottest topic of discussion? Joaquin Phoenix’s staple high-waisted pants.

Joaquin Phoenix's High-Waisted Jeans

Image via The Hollywood News

Despite the movie’s setting in the not-so-distant future, this wardrobe choice is decidedly old-fashioned. Is it an act of rebellion against the skinny, low-rise pants that men are sporting these days? A step away from the hipster norm? Whatever it is, the style appears to be here to stay, at least for a while – a collection from Opening Ceremony was launched in conjunction with the film.

But not too long, I hope. I was just taking a liking to skinny jeans…

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By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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January 29, 2014

This season, we’re all about high-waisted pants. Yet no matter how many high-waisted dos I see, I can’t shake the image of poor, lovely Jessica Simpson, circa 2009. Clad in ill-fitting high-waist denim cinched with double leopard belts, the fashion tycoon proved that the trend can go mom jeans – fast. So before you take the (leg-lengthening) plunge, read up on how to keep the look effortlessly modern.

High-Waisted Pants

Find the perfect style and fit. When it comes to high-waisted pants, there are three schools of thought: the wide-leg, the flare, and the skinny. I’m a big proponent of the former two for all body types – worn right (à la Kim Kardashian), they make your legs look miles long. Tip: If you’re pear shaped, stay away from pants that pleat or gather at the waist. Also, keep in mind for all body types – pants should hit at your natural waist, not above or below.

Tuck that top in (or crop it). High-waisted pants can make your waist look teeny, so don’t go hiding under a loose top. Tuck a fitted one in (if you’re worried about staying smooth, try a Yummie Tummie or SPANX® tee), or up the dare factor with an on-trend crop top.

Wear chunky heels or wedges. They balance out a wide-leg or flared pair and keep stems looking lean and super long. This season, I’m loving wedges with wooden accents – just be sure your shoes peek out from beneath your pants’ hem.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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March 11, 2013