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PHOTOS: Taylor Swift and Her Signature High-Waisted Shorts
Taylor Swift went paddle boarding on Sunday, which, admittedly, is not news. But she still managed to make waves thanks to her bikini. PHOTOS: The Many Loves Of Taylor Swift The singer, accompanied by her father Scott and tour-mate Ed Sheeran, took to the waters in Westerly, Rhode Island, wearing a black-and-white two-piece with high-waisted bottoms. The cut of the suit gave her a retro, almost '50s look, but it's a look that might seem oddly familiar — especially to Swift's biggest fashion fans. What we're saying is that Taylor Swift almost exclusively wears high-waisted shorts in addition to high-waisted bikinis. But mostly shorts. PHOTOS: Taylor Swift Stuns In Sparkly Mini Dress "Taylor Swift is really bringing back the retro look of a high waist," says Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, the fashion and beauty director at POPSUGAR, adding that high-waisted items — while retro — are a great way to hide a tummy or accentuate a tiny waist. She also says that anyone can look great in a pair of high-waisted shorts, bikini bottoms, or even a skirt. "The trick to making it flattering is finding the right proportion to your torso," explains Liebling-Goldberg. READ: What Makes Taylor Swift Cry "If you have a shorter torso, go for styles that are cut comfortably above your hipbones, but not too far above your waist," advises Ali Levine of Ali Levine Design. "Since low-cut styles were popular for so long, even a mid-rise cut will give you the look of this trend." If you're taller, Liebling-Goldberg says to pull those shorts higher and higher. "Look for something truly high-waisted to make sure it really registers the trend." PHOTO: Taylor Swift's Daring Dress There's more to consider than just the height of the shorts, however. When opting for a high-waisted look on the bottom, never neglect the top. "Choose your top wisely," suggests Levine. "A tank top or a simple T-shirt looks chic with high-waisted shorts … typically a crop top is a perfect match. Even tying a top, like a button up, is cute in this case." Just as with any trend, there are a number of "don'ts" to keep in mind when it comes to wearing belly-high waistbands. "Don’t wear high-waisted shorts that are too short," warns Levine. "If your cheeks are hanging out of the bottom, they are too small." READ: Taylor Swift Talks About Deal Breakers In Love Raina Seitel, the co-star of Style Network's "City Girl," has one more "don't" when it comes to wearing high-waisted shorts: "[They're] not so advisable for those who … have a bit too much junk in the trunk," she says. "But Taylor is so thin and tall she looks adorable and even manages to look classy in the shortest of high-waisted shorts." "The great part of the look is that it works equally well with everything from retro bikinis to flared skirts to short shorts," concludes Liebling-Goldberg, "so it's all about what looks best on you." In Taylor's case, we think it's safe to say she's sticking with this look for a long, long time. See what we mean: 
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Rolling Stones Concert

Taylor Swift joins Mick Jagger on stage during a Rolling Stones concert in Chicago, Illinois, on June 3, 2013.
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Billboard Music Awards

Swift performs during the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 19, 2013.
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BRIT Awards

The singer performs during the BRIT Awards, celebrating British pop music, at the O2 Arena in London on February 20, 2013.
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Grammy Awards

Swift sings while wearing white high-waisted shorts at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on February 10, 2013.
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Z100 Jingle Ball

Taylor Swift struts across the stage during the Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden in New York, December 7, 2012.
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KIIS FM's Jingle Ball

Swift performs at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball concert in Los Angeles, California December 1, 2012.
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MTV European Music Awards

Swift takes the stage during the MTV European Music Awards 2012 at the Festhalle in Frankfurt November 11, 2012.
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iHeartRadio Music Festival

The performer dances on stage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 22, 2012.
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MTV Video Music Awards

Taylor Swift gives a performance of "We are Never Getting Back Together" during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, September 6, 2012.
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PHOTOS: Taylor Swift and Her Signature High-Waisted Shorts

Taylor Swift went paddle boarding on Sunday, which, admittedly, is not news. But she still managed to make waves thanks to her bikini. PHOTOS: The Many Loves Of Taylor Swift The singer, accompanied by her father Scott and tour-mate Ed Sheeran, took to the waters in Westerly, Rhode Island, wearing a black-and-white two-piece with high-waisted bottoms. The cut of the suit gave her a retro, almost '50s look, but it's a look that might seem oddly familiar — especially to Swift's biggest fashion fans. What we're saying is that Taylor Swift almost exclusively wears high-waisted shorts in addition to high-waisted bikinis. But mostly shorts. PHOTOS: Taylor Swift Stuns In Sparkly Mini Dress "Taylor Swift is really bringing back the retro look of a high waist," says Melissa Liebling-Goldberg, the fashion and beauty director at POPSUGAR, adding that high-waisted items — while retro — are a great way to hide a tummy or accentuate a tiny waist. She also says that anyone can look great in a pair of high-waisted shorts, bikini bottoms, or even a skirt. "The trick to making it flattering is finding the right proportion to your torso," explains Liebling-Goldberg. READ: What Makes Taylor Swift Cry "If you have a shorter torso, go for styles that are cut comfortably above your hipbones, but not too far above your waist," advises Ali Levine of Ali Levine Design. "Since low-cut styles were popular for so long, even a mid-rise cut will give you the look of this trend." If you're taller, Liebling-Goldberg says to pull those shorts higher and higher. "Look for something truly high-waisted to make sure it really registers the trend." PHOTO: Taylor Swift's Daring Dress There's more to consider than just the height of the shorts, however. When opting for a high-waisted look on the bottom, never neglect the top. "Choose your top wisely," suggests Levine. "A tank top or a simple T-shirt looks chic with high-waisted shorts … typically a crop top is a perfect match. Even tying a top, like a button up, is cute in this case." Just as with any trend, there are a number of "don'ts" to keep in mind when it comes to wearing belly-high waistbands. "Don’t wear high-waisted shorts that are too short," warns Levine. "If your cheeks are hanging out of the bottom, they are too small." READ: Taylor Swift Talks About Deal Breakers In Love Raina Seitel, the co-star of Style Network's "City Girl," has one more "don't" when it comes to wearing high-waisted shorts: "[They're] not so advisable for those who … have a bit too much junk in the trunk," she says. "But Taylor is so thin and tall she looks adorable and even manages to look classy in the shortest of high-waisted shorts." "The great part of the look is that it works equally well with everything from retro bikinis to flared skirts to short shorts," concludes Liebling-Goldberg, "so it's all about what looks best on you." In Taylor's case, we think it's safe to say she's sticking with this look for a long, long time. See what we mean: 

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