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What woman can look good in high-waisted pants? Add to ...

What woman can wear high-waisted pants? Are they only for waifs or the hideously tall?

The high-waisted jeans pant - currently being revived by the Gap, among others who are selling flared super-high disco jeans like those worn in my junior-high years at the roller-skating rink - is another fashion that's a trend for the sake of it.

It is what you could call idea fashion: The designers think it's time to find something original, so they revive an old style in an effort to seem clever. The point is not sexual attractiveness but a sort of sartorial conversation. It's something like conceptual art: The pleasure is in the thinking, not the seeing. Needless to say, I believe all fashion should maintain some relationship to sexual attraction. So no, neither extreme emaciation nor freakish height can make these pants sexy.

Russell Smith's latest novel, Girl Crazy, was recently published.

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