I’ve got no issues with receiving critiques — in fact, I welcome them!
I see your point about higher-waisted pants, but I also think my waistcoat is a bit short, too. Or a combination of both.
To be honest, this look is something new I’m trying (usually I just wear a sportcoat/blazer) so I’m trying to get an idea of what works and what doesn’t.
I think maybe wearing my 501s would work better since it has a higher rise. That said, I’ll probably keep wearing chinos with it, too, and they’re all low rise (which I’m growing less and less fond of).