Super high waisted skirts and trousers are never going to take off in the mainstream, but if you're lucky enough to have a reasonably flat tum and a good bum (and C cup boobs or below) it's actually a very flattering way to make the most of an hourglass figure. Still, if you're taking risks you don't want to spend much money, so here's an entire trend-lead outfit (shoes included) for less than £60. And none of it's from Primark! Hard to believe, I know...

Highwaist

Black high waisted skirt £25 Warehouse, Red basic scoop neck tee £8 Miss Selfridge, animal print belt £15 and red strappy sandals £18 both Dorothy Perkins.

Read on for tips on how to make this look work, a la Carrie Bradshaw...

Carriewaist The key to making this look work is to keep everything fairly simple. Carrie Bradshaw (left) may be able to go for high-waisted pinstripe trousers and braces over a blouse, but most of us don't have the fashion pedigree to pull off such a gutsy look (though I applaud anyone who tries - send me some pictures!).

All-in-all, a skirt is easier to pull off than trousers. A white blouse looks great peeking out from above a high waist, but you could also team your skirt with a fitted top without too much fussy detail like I have with the outfit above.  A belt will add some detail and a focal point at the waist (it helps avoid the Simon Cowell look and make it clear that the high waist is deliberate). The animal print one in my outfit is a nice splash of pattern to stop the red and black combo making you look too much like you're in a Sugababes video!