The Elastic Waistband Reinvented — & How to Wear It

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The phrase ‘elastic waistband’ always makes me think of shapeless, soft denim pants you might see your crazy aunt wearing. There’s nothing wrong with those baggy, pull-up trousers, but they are definitely designed for ease and function, rather than style.

But times they are a-changing, and the elastic waistband is in the midst of a reinvention. We’re now seeing the cozy, waist-cincher on skirts, dresses, trousers and even tops — and this version is way cooler than any elastic waistband of generations past. Even better, the upgraded style profile doesn’t take away the sheer convenience of wearing clothes with a built-in waist-shaper. You can still pull on your garments without fear of getting caught in a zipper and, heck, you don’t even need to find a coordinating belt.

Still not convinced? I’ve shopped the elastic waistband for you, and here are my top 10 picks.

Top 10 Elastic Waistband Pieces for S/S 2017

Jogger-Style Linen Pants

For a casual day, slip on these linen pants with your favorite sandals and a soft, feminine T-shirt. Add a pair of big sunglasses and a few elastic bracelets with bright colored stones for an effortlessly stylish, off-duty look.

The Nude Jumpsuit

The simplicity of this jumpsuit makes it an ideal backdrop for a bold shoe, plus your favorite statement jewelry. Your biggest challenge will choosing appropriate undergarments that don’t show through. Reach for the flesh-toned, seamless variety.

Rayon Joggers

Here’s another jogger-style pant, but this one’s made of light rayon. As far as joggers go, these are on the dressier side, so you could add heeled sandals as shown on the model. Personally, I’d wear these with a lightweight, fitted tank or blouse and a nice pair of sneakers.

The Everyday Dress

Tie-waisted dresses like this one are everywhere right now, mostly because they’re so flattering and easy to wear. Pick a color and/or pattern that suits your mood, but look for a piece that has just a touch of fold at the waist. And throw on a bomber jacket with it if you’re chilly!

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