Like ehBeth, I prefer style to fashion.
I have some very worn pants. Replacing them will be difficult because I refuse to wear pants whose waist band hits the high hip level.
Now, since many women do not tuck their blouses in or wear tunics or sweaters, how "fashionable" is a waist band that is often unseen?
As I said, this style evolved because of women with pierced navels. It is fine to offer pants and skirts that are comfortable for them, but what about the majority?
I went into the Eileen Fisher store this past fall and asked where the skirts were supposed to ride on the body because I need a straight black skirt. The manager said on the hip. I said that I found that position uncomfortable and told her how the first skirt I had tried on in that style fell off me. She said that her hips are very wide (they are) and so the style is comfortable for her.
Actually, there is a part of me that hates fashion because it demands conformity. While I do wear pants, I prefer skirts. I prefer them for comfort and because a skirt is cooler than pants in the summer and, worn with tights, is often warmer than pants on all but the coldest days. However, I also prefer them for the rebelliousness they represent. Most women wear slacks and I wear them less than I wear skirts.