These Are the Best High-Waisted Jeans, According to Celebrities and Stylists
Denim is an integral part of most people's wardrobes, and one style everyone seems to come back to regardless of trends are high-waisted jeans. They're timeless, a unique style that can look either vintage or modern depending on how you style them. Plus, these jeans can easily be dressed up or down, transitioning from weekend brunch to date night.
That's not to say shopping for jeans is easy — finding the right pair is a journey of its own. To make your search a little easier, we spoke with celebrity stylists and searched for high-waisted jeans that offer quality materials, inclusive sizes, and a wide range of fits and washes. From skinny to flare and everything in between, we found the best high-waisted jeans you'll want to wear all the time.
Keep reading to see the best high-waisted jeans.
- Levi's Premium Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans at Levi's
- Everlane The Curvy '90s Cheeky Jeans at Everlane
- Levi's 724 High Rise Straight Jeans at Levi's
- Frame Le Original Ripped High Waist Crop Jeans at Frame
- Lee High Rise Relaxed Fit Straight Ankle Jeans at Lee
- Re/Done '90s High Rise Loose Fit Jeans at Re/Done
- Topshop Jamie High Waist Black Jeans at Nordstrom
- Levi's 501 Straight Leg Jeans at Levi's
- Everlane High Waist Jeans at Everlane
- A.P.C Seaside High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans at Matches
Levi's Premium Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans
Everlane The Curvy '90s Cheeky Jean
Levi's 724 High Rise Straight Jeans
Frame Le Original Ripped High Waist Crop Jeans
Lee High Rise Relaxed Fit Straight Ankle Jean
Re/Done '90s High Rise Loose Fit Jeans
Topshop Jamie High Waist Black Jeans
Levi's 501 Straight Leg Jeans
Everlane Way-High Jeans
A.P.C Seaside High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans
Mother High-Waisted Rider Skimp Jeans
Good American Good Legs Deep V Jeans
Agolde Pinch Waist High Rise Straight Jeans
Paige Genevieve Petite Jeans
Reformation Peyton High Rise Bootcut Jeans
What to Keep in Mind
The rise of your jeans is the distance from the waist band to the crotch seam. High-waisted jeans start at a 10 inch rise but can go up to 12 inches. Karla Welch, celebrity stylist and co-founder of the styling app Wishi, says 10.5 inches is the sweet spot, while some may prefer a higher rise, especially if you are tall or have a long torso.
The inseam is the measurement of the base of the zipper to the bottom of the leg opening. If you struggle with jeans either being too long or short, start paying attention to the inseam and seek out styles that come in tall or petite sizing as these have longer and shorter inseams, respectively.
"For petite women, inseams will range between 21 inches and 30 inches depending on the style of jeans. For example, when wearing skinny jeans look for an inseam between 25 inches and 27 inches," says Jessica Smith, Stitch Fix Stylist. "If you're bringing back a bootcut style with a stacked heel you will want to look for jeans with a 28 inch to 30 inch inseam. If you're ready to rock a cropped straight-leg jean, pair them with studded mules, and seek denim that is 23 inches to 25 inches long."
As you will see from this list, some jeans are made from 100 percent cotton, while others have a little elastane or spandex mixed in. While pure cotton blends don't have "built in" stretch, they will stretch out with time, molding to your body. If you prefer the vintage feel and look of rigid denim, go for 100 percent cotton.
If you prefer a little bit of stretch in your jeans, especially in form fitting styles like skinny jeans, consider a blend of materials. The touch of synthetic materials also helps the jean recover to its original shape.
Your Questions, Answered
What are the pros and cons of high-waisted jeans?
Choosing between rises is mainly about comfort and aesthetic, but the high rise has some advantages. They let you wear more revealing tops without showing too much skin, making a crop top or even a bralette more elegant. The high rise also highlights the smallest part of your waist and creates the illusion of long legs, which makes them a great option for those with a long torso.
On the other hand, longer tops and bulky sweaters may look awkward with a high rise, especially if there is too much fabric to tuck into the pants seamlessly. For those that are used to wearing mid and/or low rise jeans, the higher rise may feel uncomfortable and restrictive with the extra fabric. Ideally, you will own a few jeans in different rises, so you can find the best fit for your outfit and mood for any given day.
How do I style high-waisted jeans?
High-rise are so popular because they are universally flattering and can be dressed up or down. During the day, you can pair them with just about anything, whether that's a crop top or a tucked in tee or sweater.
For an evening look, Welch recommends pairing a bodysuit or corset with high-waisted jeans. Throw in some heels and a blazer, and you're ready to hit the town.
Can I wear high-waisted jeans if I'm petite?
The answer is yes! Don't let the extra fabric intimidate you — high-waisted jeans do a great job of elongating your legs and adding definition and balance to your outfit, says Smith.