An outfit-maker in league of their own, high-waisted pants might just be the essential you didn’t know your closet was missing. Here’s why: with a silhouette that’s statement-making, polished, and figure-flattering all at once, this staple can be reinvented again and again based on how you wear them. And if you fear they’re a trend that’ll be gone faster than you can say “tiny sunglasses,” you’re underestimating just how versatile they really are.
To give you the right idea, you can see them here as styled by Olivia Palermo, Ashley Graham, Gigi Hadid, and a venerable lineup of street style stars. Their body types and personal styles may vary, sometimes drastically, but they’ve found common ground with the same waist-defining trousers. Glimpse 33 ways to style them, then make the look your own, any way you want to.