HIGH & WAISTED
GET DOWN ON IT.
My recent batch of magazines has inspired me to touch on my all-time favorite look: the crop top and high waisted pant (or skirt--as illustrated above). This coveted pairing often reminds me of high school, during which I donned a similar look with pilfered pieces (thank you, Mom, thank you, Grandmom) and was not infrequently sent home to change due to their "revealing" nature.
I specifically recall walking down the hall sporting a gorgeous vintage top (sheer with red embroidery) and my ripped jeans--no navel apparent. This "belly baring" jaunt resulted in the HS veep pulling me aside to say: "Let's have a party and have your pants meet your shirt." Sometimes, I'll admit, she may have had a point, but in this instance I just wanted a party where the back of my hand could meet her face. So what if there's half an inch of fabric unaccounted for in my midsection?
My mom walked those very same halls in '74; likely in an identical ensemble, definitely looking way cooler and feeling that much groovier (for, despite my early penchant for cool threads, I was nauseatingly straitlaced and grass was only thought of as a potential stain) and *she* met with no opposition.
A bit of midriff never hurt anyone; a small amount of exposed skin is sexy sans skanky, and though it may have enraged the vice principal back then, it's certainly all the rage now. I still maintain that high waisted pants with a cropped sweater a la Rachel Green (the early seasons) = the apex of awesome.
*Illustration by yours truly