If you’ve been on a high-waisted-everything kick this summer like we have (hey, you need something to go with that ever-growing collection of crop tops), then this latest celebrity-approved dress trend is going to come as quite a jolt. Have your belly button kiss that up-to-there waistline goodbye: drop-waist dresses and skirts are back in style.


You might most closely associate drop-waist dresses with style icons of the past, like Coco Chanel or the badass flappers of the 1920s, but recently, some of Hollywood’s most stylish stars like Emma Roberts, Mischa Barton and Charlize Theron have been snapped wearing this low-flaring silhouette, which means it’s just a matter of time ’til you see the style hanging from the racks of your favorite stores. Before you start thinking that mid-thigh-level might not be the most flattering place for a dress to widen, know this: the drop waist dress’ typically loose fit throughout the torso makes it quite a bit easier to wear than it seems. Mischa’s look, for example, while a matching two-piece, is still fairly roomy, but a just-as-elegant alternative to waist-cinching styles like fit-and-flares or a set that showcases your midriff. Think of it like the drop waist is not-so-secretly out to give your belly a break from the spotlight.

That’s not the only tidbit you can add to the “pros” column. The placement of the stunted splay actually helps to elongate your torso, which helps you look taller, no heels required. If you ask us, it’s sounding more and more like a cozy-girl style hack we could get behind.

Have you ever worn a drop-waist dress? Tell us how you style the silhouette in the comments below.

(Featured photo via Jason Kempin, photos via Jason Merritt/Dimitrios Kambouris/Jason Kempin/Getty)