HIGH FASHION; The High Waist fab

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What is there not to love about high waisted bottoms? It does wonders to a woman’s body by cinching in the waist and elongating a woman’s figure. As the temperature rises, so do the hemlines. So what is it about the High Waisted movement that has got every girl around the world rushing to the store for a pair? I for one, wear nothing but high waisted bottoms, I’ve got them in every possible style. Short skirts, long skirts, shorts, jeans, flare, body hugging, anything you’ve ever imagined, and it is possibly-maybe-perhaps a chance that I own a slight variety of each in my closet as of this very moment.

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The idea for women to cover their derriere with high waisted bottoms didn’t struck overnight. High fashion (pun intended) dates back as far as the 1920s. Imagine the girls back then, with their high waisted shorts lounging around in diners sipping on milkshakes all day while jazz stepping to tunes we now familiarized as the ‘Candyman’ tune. Through the century, big named beauties such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn had been sporting high waisted pencil skirts, and everyone agreed that they looked exceptionally beautiful. High waisted jeans were especially popular back in the 70s, so were pleats and bell bottoms, but as the age transcends into the 90’s, the high waist fab still persists. I caught myself sighing out loud at how much I’d wear whatever the girls in Friends wore during their earlier seasons.

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As we enter the millennium, we were liberated from the shapeless, tacky ‘mom jeans’ and entered the decade where women wore hip huggers, mini mini skirts that sits on the hips and daisy dukes made popular by the royalties of pop such as Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera. It wasn’t until the 2010s that society once again decides that we should welcome the high waisted bottoms once again with arms wide open. But what our ancestors were lacking in knowledge and what our current designers now know of, the high waisted bottoms have gone through a major upgrade and what today seems to be just another recurring trend is also the staple item for every fashionable and trendy ladies alike.

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We are not only talking about the ever so coveted high waisted jean shorts, this includes skirts as well. Skater skirts, or rather circle skirts had made ways into the heart of many girls, and just about time might I add. Skater skirts are loved by many for the right reasons. Depending on the hem line, it looks great for both casual and formal occasions. Then there are the slightly intimidating high waisted jeans and trousers that was once the fashion epitome of the 80s that also functions like a good pair of spanx; they were the Mom Jeans that I mentioned, by the way.

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So, why again should us girls embrace the high waist fashion? For starters, it gives off the illusion of longer legs; since it sits above the hips somewhere around the natural waist line, it cuts off the torso length and creates the impression that the legs start higher than it actually does. Certainly good news for girls with longer torso as well as it gives us the excuse to decrease the hemline without looking too, excuse me for the lack of better word, slut-a-tious. Moreover, it emphasizes a lady’s waist line while concealing any bumps or lumps beneath, and I believe that this enhances a woman’s femininity. Girls with wider hips are able to accentuate their ‘S-line’ (also known as the hourglass figure) and those who are insecure about their tummy could just simply tuck away within something flowy, perhaps a skater skirt. (Psst, check out our work out post if you would like to rid yourself off of the insecurities.)

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‘Apple Bottom’

More or less, high waisted bottoms, when done right, makes a woman’s figure look exceptionally sexy. In my honest opinion, high waisted jean shorts create what I call the ‘apple bottom’ (no boots or fur involved). However, as the trend takes the world by storm, many have expressed their dislike for it, coining it the ‘diaper shorts’. The run of the mill male will typically find this trend to be downright weird, and I know this because I’ve had my guy friends personally say this to me after I told them I wanted to purchase a new pair of HW jeans. I know high waisted bottoms are not widely accepted by many, it is still considered to be weird and un-customary for our society.

I do agree to a certain extend that high waisted bottoms are considerably unforgiving. Tight garments naturally results in wardrobe malfunctions, especially if the garment is too short. Loose clothes on the other hand will cause bumps and bulges in places we should not speak of. Just like everything else we learn in life, great things do not come easy (and yes, this philosophical quote applies to fashion as well). So if you are planning to invest in a good pair, a thorough search should be carried out.

As for the men, perhaps they are still getting acquainted with the trend. I don’t blame them, men are simple creatures after all. Well I say that they better adjust themselves quickly, because the trend has taken over and it’s definitely here to stay.

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Best Dressed: 2013 Emmy Awards

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Television’s biggest night returns as the 65th annual Emmy Awards took place on Sunday, Sept 22. Emmy Awards, which is a ceremony that recognizes the talents in the television industry, has brought in our favorite TV stars all-together in a night full of glamour. Even though some of the results might have had TV fans toss away their remote controls out of anger, it’s the fashion that really got us excited! We have handpicked our Top 10 best dressed of the night; check out who made it to our list.

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Ever since the Mad Men star ditched her long brunette for a shorter and blonde hairdo, Elisabeth Moss possessed another kind of persona and it certainly reflected in her style. Ms. Moss nailed it in the black and white Andrew Gn dress. She had accessorized the dress with vintage Neil Lane Jewelry and completed the look with red lips for a hint of color.

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Zooey Deschanel finally ditched her “adorkable” style and opted for something more mature and sexy. The silver-blue J. Mendel gown is certainly a departure from what she had always worn on the red carpet. The thigh-high slit on the dress gave Zooey more sex appeal which perfectly showcased her matching silver platform pumps. She accessorized the look with an Edie Parker clutch and a massive Chanel gemstone ring, perfectly placed on her right hand.

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That’s right! Kit Harington is the only guy from the Emmys that made into our best dressed list. Kit looked dapper in the three-piece getup where he matched it with a black skinny tie and David Yurman cufflinks. His long hair was slicked back and it sort of complimented the bad boy persona that he seemed to carry out.

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Linda Cardellini who is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Mad Men is certainly outstanding on the red carpet. She looks stunning in the fuchsia silk gown by Donna Karan Atelier. Not everyone can pull off the busy rose shaped and crepe details of the dress but she managed to. The side-swept waves and triangle earrings from Irene Neuwirth are just the right amount of perfect as it let the gown take the spotlight.

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Lena Dunham, please take note. This is how you show-off your curves at the red carpet! Christina Hendricks’ famously hourglass shape is perfectly accentuated in the black dress by Christian Siriano. She finished the look with a sparkling Edie Parker clutch. The 30’s inspired hair together with the emerald earrings and red lips complemented the whole look and Christina has never looked better!

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In the mix of embellishment and sparkling dresses on the red carpet, Girls’ Allison Williams stands out in a simple deep blue gown by Ralph Lauren which debuted on the New York Fashion Week runway just weeks ago. Adding just a few of Fred Leighton jewelry together with her long wavy hair and nude lips, Allison looks effortlessly chic.

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The winner of Lead Actress in a Drama Series is dazzling in a nude Armani Prive gown. What makes the whole look more interesting is that she paired the sexy plunging neckline dress with a shorter hair, which she then revealed to Lena Dunham that it’s a faux bob. Faux or not, we love the bob and it certainly gave her some edge. Maybe it’s time for a new haircut?

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Oh we wanted you to win Kerry Washington! Although our favorite Scandal star did not take home the Emmy award, she certainly made it onto our best dressed list.  The cream and white gown embellished with flower appliqués and hints of gold is from the Marchesa Spring 2014 collection. Kerry kept the accessories simple with just a touch of Fred Leighton Jewelry and Edie Parker clutch. Her hair was also styled into a simple wave. And the result, she looks like a princess from a fairytale world.

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Our favorite teen style icon wowed us again in a beautiful dress by Delponzo. The 13 year old actress is the 4th Mad Men actress who made it into our list! Kiernan always looked pulled-together and managed to blow us away every time she steps out during an event. The colorful floral detail on the dress plus her cute ponytail is very age appropriate. It is refreshing to see Kiernan dressing her age especially when most of the teenagers out there are trying really hard to look mature.

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Our Emmy’s best dressed go to none other than Rachel Byrne! We at Culture Vulture applaud those who take fashion risk. While this pale pink gown from Calvin Klein Collection is simple, the plain design is what makes it risky to grace at the red carpet. It is modern and has a lot of sex appeal to it. The two piece dress shows off the actress’ midriff, and the silver Jimmy Choo clutch perfectly matched the color of her dress. She styled her noticeably lighter hair into polished waves and finished the look with dark pink lips.

So what do you think of our best dressed picks at the Emmys? Do you agree? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!