The Elastic Waistband

tie-front blouse with cardigan

I haven’t worn this blouse in what seems like forever! I think it’s because it has this annoying elastic along the bottom waistband: one of my biggest pet peeves as a stylist. I am not certain who exactly is made for the elastic waistband that many otherwise adorable shirts possess, but they can be a dealbreaker when I am selecting pieces for my clients. I mean, they either hit at the wrong part of the torso, ride up and down along a too-high stretch of skin, or feel bulky. This all results in either a day-long tug session or a neglected shirt! I hate both of those things passionately!

What do you do when you happen to acquire an otherwise adorable shirt with an elastic waistband? Before you give up completely, try:

  • Tucking. If it’s not too bulky and your waistband is high enough, try tucking the top in. The elastic will actually keep the top in place under your skirt or pants.
  • Put a belt on it. A wide belt will hide any signs of elastic and keep it from shifting up and down too much.
  • Wear it over a dress. If your shirt shimmies all over the place or if it’s a little on the too-short to tuck or belt side of things, try wearing it over a simple dress. This way if it moves you wont be exposing any midriff and the bottom layer of fabric might make the waistband less slippery.

As you can see, I have opted for the tucking option with this elastic-banded top, and felt pretty alright in this masculine/feminine mix. I don’t think anyone noticed my elastic, either!

tie-front blouse with cardigan

tie-front blouse with cardigan

Cardigan: Madewell, Jeans: Acne, Blouse: Zara, Shoes: Lanvin (Last Call), Earrings: Kendra Scott

tie-front blouse with cardigan

January 17, 2012

6 Responses to The Elastic Waistband

  1. Quickest way to ruin an otherwise perfect, sheer blouse by adding that darn waistband. Geez … However – great solution, Laurel!

  2. Emily Keen says:

    Oh I know what you mean!!! Those elastic waist band shirts rank right up there with blouse with ties attached to them, in my opinion. Just keep it simple, in terms of construction. It usually lends itself to more versatility in a garment.

  3. Jamie Rose says:

    Yes! I tuck it if it has an elastic waist band. Usually. haha Actually I can only think of one top I have that has one, but it’s not that bad.

  4. Lyddiegal says:

    I agree the elastic banded top is the worst – almost as bad as tops with seams meant to sit under the bust.

    But hidden away, you’ve got yourself a darn cute top!

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  6. How bad is it that I didn’t know the elastic waistband was bad? Thank you, Laurel, for saving me from yet another fashion faux pas!

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