High-waisting away

High Waist Code

Bridget Jones gave “big pants” a bad name. Far from being unsexy “granny underpants”, my take on high-waisted briefs is grown-up, sexy playfulness. I just can’t get enough of the high-waisted, big pants look right now. There are so many reasons to love it, and none of them are to do with comfort.

OK so that’s probably not entirely truthful. As we get older, we change. Fact. One of my close relatives is not happy with this and she is currently considering a face-lift even though she looks about 35. I read last weekend about liposuction for ankles (or ‘cankles’) and, whilst I laughed, I also had to admit that my ankles are probably one feature I’ve never had a complaint about.

I have had for most of my life a typical Asian woman’s body – small-busted, long torso, short legs, small of waist and heavy of hip. It’s all fairly marginal in my case and I know I’m not far outside the standard defined by Western society. But in my younger, lower-esteemed days, I hankered for plastic surgery too, until I made peace with my body.

Alas, the onset of peri-menopause inevitably thickens your middle section, and your waist starts to disappear. Nothing much we can do about this my friends. One reason I’m loving the high-waist is that it is rather forgiving of all those extra bits of flesh sitting at the top of your hips.

Take the Bordelle high-waisted Otto briefs. There is a reinforced rigid band, slightly softer than boning, running down from the side waist to hip. This smooths out your silhouette without in the least bit looking like shapewear.

But I also love the way that large knickers look less like undergarments and can be worn as part of an outfit, almost like hot pants. Like these Jade briefs from Something Wicked, a luxury brand that uses leather detailing in their erotic clothing range.

Don’t you also love how big satin briefs reference burlesque and vintage strip tease? These bespoke briefs from Nichole de Carle give me the showgirl vibes every time I wear them. Especially when worn with the matching bodice bra that was specially made for me. Think Esther Williams and channel your inner Hollywood siren, diving off a high board with a matching swimming hat.

For those that think lingerie and underwear are two different things, I beg to differ. The days of strutting about like a show dancer are few, and we need great everyday lingerie that we would still be proud to show off if the need arises, or just to give us that frisson of womanly extraordinariness. For softness and comfort that you can wear all day long, but with stylish details that surprise and delight, I can’t do better than with my Underargument sets. Velvet bands, delicate lace, and sheer tulle combined with a cut to suit every body shape.

And if you are still convinced that high-waisted = granny pants, I present to you the final triptych of Something Wicked’s saucy leather peep briefs. Play time here we come!

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