The latest trend in lingerie? High-waisted underwear. Seriously! Love it or hate it, high waists are everywhere. No grannies allowed here though, guys–we’re talking ultra-feminine, vintage-inspired style with an updated sexpot appeal. These aren’t your granny’s granny panties, I promise! New iterations of the retro, high-waist style feature sheer panels, fun patterns, and luxe material. No bagginess, stark white cotton, or scalloped waistbands in sight! Pair them with a matching bra for throwback allure or go big and add thigh-highs and a garter for full-on vintage sexiness. With high-waist styles available at retailers like ASOS, Topshop, H&M, and American Apparel, however, the old-school burlesque look has never been more accessible.
While high-waist undies may not be the most practical pieces to wear under your low-rise jeans or shorts, high-waisted undies are purportedly the ultimate option for wear under summer skirts and dresses; They smooth your curves and create feminine lines without those awkward low-hip dents. Plus, since this style of underwear fits closer to your natural waist instead of your butt, you avoid all of that muffin top business entirely. They’re modest, but also pin-uppy and sultry. And if we know anything about fashion, it’s that style is all about dichotomy.
Unsurprisingly, high-waisted underwear is a rather polarizing trend, so if you’re not feeling it, I can totally understand. The anti-high waist crew seems to have a few key concerns: One, that high-waist underwear is a body-specific trend–that is, the style isn’t necessarily flattering on a wide variety of body types, two, the extra fabric looks it could be uncomfortable and you can’t wear high-waist undies under anything like you can with other styles, and three, they just aren’t “sexy”–they’re still granny panties. If you’re debating trying this trend, check out this NSFW-ish Tumblr or the Pinterest tag for further information and inspiration.
What’s your opinion on high-waist underwear? Is this a trend you’ll be trying? Why or why not? Share your thoughts with us below!
Liza, Editorial Director