These Are the Absolute Best 15 Pairs of High-Waisted Jeans, According to Customers and Celebrities
Denim is an integral part of most people's wardrobes (hence the passion), 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. They're beloved, and they're worn by celebrities, fashion editors, Twitter warriors, and maybe also every person you've ever met.
Shop the Best High-Waisted Denim:
- Levi's Premium Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans, $98; amazon.com
- Levi's High Waisted Straight Jeans, $42 (Originally $70); amazon.com
- Levi's 724 High Rise Straight Jeans, From $40; amazon.com
- Frame Le Original Ripped High Waist Crop Jeans, $155 (Originally $258); nordstrom.com
- Lee Riders Straight-Fit Jeans, $25; amazon.com
- Re/Done '90s High Rise Loose Fit Jeans, $280; nordstrom.com
- 7 For All Mankind Alex High Waist Crop Wide Leg Jeans, $198; nordstrom.com
- Free People High Waist Jeans, $47 (Originally $78); nordstrom.com
- Topshop High Waist Runway Jeans, $75; nordstrom.com
- Levi's 501 Straight Leg Jeans, $90; nordstrom.com
- Everlane High Waist Jeans, $88; everlane.com
- A.P.C Blue New Sailor High-Rise Cropped Straight-Leg Jeans, $235; matchesfashion.com
- Mother The Rider High Waist Straight Leg Jeans, $258; nordstrom.com
- Good American Straight High Waist Ankle Jeans, $129; nordstrom.com
- Agolde Pinch Waist High Rise Jeans, $178; revolve.com
Unlike skinny or low-rise, high-rise jeans don't want to get a rise out of you, funnily enough. They just want to make you happy. And they can, with their flattering and comfortable fit that looks good with everything.The second you put them on, you instantly feel like Jane Birkin. And high-rise jeans are so chic that you can pair them with just a white t-shirt and still get compliments. No matter what, high-rise jeans aren't basic.
But jeans are tricky. Like most other wardrobe items, you really need to find the style that's perfect for you. We've gone ahead and rounded up the absolute best 15 pairs you can buy online now, including some celeb-loved favorites at Nordstrom and some extremely affordable under-$50 pairs from Amazon.
Keep reading to see the best high-waisted jeans.
Levi's Premium Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans
"Ribcage" isn't in the name of these high-waisted jeans for nothing — yes, they really reach it. This is the highest rise Levi's has to offer, and it will make your legs look miles long. As expected, Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber are fans, so essentially, these jeans will both make you look like a supermodel and are supermodel-approved, all for under $100.
Shop now: $98; amazon.com
Levi's High Waisted Straight Jeans
Maybe you're not into extremes and just want a good pair of high-waisted jeans that look straight from a '90s sitcom — these classic Levi's offer exactly that. They have a looser, baggy look that's very on trend as of this writing but has clearly been cool for decades. Amazon shoppers are obsessed, with many of them claiming that these are their favorite jeans ever. One enthusiastic reviewer says it best: "GET THESE JEANS GALS."
Shop now: $42 (Originally $70); amazon.com
Levi's 724 High Rise Straight Jeans
If you're not entirely on board with the skinny jeans slander, these high-waisted jeans, while not actual skinny jeans, are a little tighter than most and still give that sleek silhouette. They're popular on Amazon, with over 2,000 ratings and plenty of five-star reviews. Shoppers love their extremely flattering fit and butt-lifting effect. They also come in a handful of washes, and prices start at $40. Need we say more?
Shop now: From $40; amazon.com
Frame Le Original Ripped High Waist Crop Jeans
Frame denim is beloved by Gigi Hadid, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Karlie Kloss, and so many more famous people. They're also just a favorite among jean enthusiasts everywhere. The brand's straight-leg boyfriend jean is a classic because it looks like the most perfect pair of thrifted jeans, and this high-waist crop features all of the same details, just with a slightly higher waist. Win-win.
Shop now: $155 (Originally $258); nordstrom.com
Lee Riders Straight-Fit Jeans
Perhaps you owned plenty of Lee denim if you were born before 1997, and if you were born after 1997, you're probably discovering the brand via its TikTok comeback. These Lee Riders are a super affordable pair of high-waisted jeans that'd we'd recommend adding to your cart ASAP. They're comfortable, wear well, and have been around since the '80s. Nearly 900 reviewers on Amazon have tons of incredible things to say about them, and most of them would agree that these $25 jeans are better than most $150+ pairs they own.
Shop now: $25; amazon.com
Re/Done '90s High Rise Loose Fit Jeans
Many fashion editors and writers will tell you their first expensive jean purchase was a pair of Re/Done jeans. It's a rite of passage, no doubt. The brand earned its fashion-crowd caché with jeans that look like something out of an Alexa Chung editorial from the early 2000s. They're effortless in a way most of us only ever dream of being. These high-rise loose-fit jeans bring that dream close to reality, though, and trust us, they're worth the splurge.
Shop now: $126–$280; nordstrom.com
7 For All Mankind Alex High Waist Crop Wide Leg Jeans
Nothing is more perfect than the combination of an ankle boot and cropped wide-leg jeans. Because often, we forget about investing in a pair of jeans that doesn't require stuffing stiff denim into tight boots. Thankfully, these Sarah Jessica Parker-approved jeans should work with just about any and every kind of boot you own.
Shop now: $198; nordstrom.com
Free People High Waist Jeans
When you think of Free People, maybe you think of floral-patterned skirts and bohemian dresses. But the brand actually has so many incredible pairs of affordable pants and jeans, and they're almost always under $100. Its classic pair of high-waisted jeans are likely some of the only you'll find for this price with the most enviable faded light wash.
Shop now: $47 (Originally $78); nordstrom.com
Topshop High Waist Runway Jeans
There may be no more Topshop stores in the U.S., but you can (and should) be shopping for Topshop jeans at Nordstrom. Like Free People's denim selection, Topshop jeans are affordable and come in washes that aren't as easy to find in high-waist silhouettes, darker ones in particular. These Topshop Runway Jeans are a great dark pair with an extremely flattering wide leg.
Shop now: $75; nordstrom.com
Levi's 501 Straight Leg Jeans
Even people who know next to nothing about denim know about Levi's 501 jeans. The name is enough to send shivers down the spine of fashion lovers everywhere. Thrifting the perfect pair of 501s is extremely difficult and time-consuming; it can span across handfuls of thrift stores over many weeks. Thankfully, the brand has a high-waist straight-leg pair that you can just add to your cart, no problem. And for only $90 on top of that.
Shop now: $90; nordstrom.com
Everlane High Waist Jeans
Angelina Jolie, famous Everlane fan, probably owns these jeans, so we could really just end our spiel with that. But there are other reasons so many people would recommend you buy the popular Way-High Jean. For one, the jeans have a cut that complements loafers, which never really go out of style. They also come in some surprising colors, like light green.
Shop now: $88; everlane.com
A.P.C Blue New Sailor High-Rise Cropped Straight-Leg Jeans
Ready for another fashion editor recommendation? A.P.C. jeans are their holy grail. They've been written about in magazines more times than we can count, and Katie Holmes is constantly spotted wearing them around Manhattan. If you're interested in becoming the next It girl, consider these high-waisted jeans an absolute must.
Shop now: $235; matchesfashion.com
Mother The Rider High Waist Straight Leg Jeans
Meghan Markle and Jennifer Lopez have likely caused thousands of pairs of Mother jeans to fly off shelves. The brand is both of their go-to, and for good reason. Mother's popular high-waist Rider jeans are comfortable with their little bit of stretch, so they're not as stiff as other pairs. They also look perfectly worn straight off the hanger, with natural-looking rips and a pleasant faded color.
Shop now: $258; nordstrom.com
Good American Straight High Waist Ankle Jeans
If you are looking to buy high-waisted jeans online with minimal worry about fit, Good American has the perfect pair for you. The brand's high-waist ankle jeans are known to be forgiving thanks to their gap-proof waistband and premium stretch.
Shop now: $129; nordstrom.com
Agolde Pinch Waist High Rise Jeans
These Agolde jeans have a name that speaks for itself: Pinch Waist, which means they cinch at your waist to make you look snatched beyond belief. They're the kind of jeans that don't look strange with heels, which easily explains why they're a Revolve best-seller.
Shop now: $178; revolve.com