The 12 Best High Waisted Jeans

Images: Torrid; Urban Outfitters

I'm a huge fan of high waisted jeans. In fact, they're the only kind I will wear. I just think they look great and can go with so many things. The best high waisted jeans are versatile and can be dressed up or down, worn on a night out, to run errands, or to grab some lunch.

Their versatility is undeniable, and a solid pair of high waisted jeans will pull together any outfit. Use your pair to push the limits on styles you haven't yet tested: Prints, bleached denim, and ripped fabric are all game, as are the numerous fit options, like super-skinny, boyfriend style, flare, or even mom jeans.

The best high waisted jeans are comfortable, in addition to fitting well. I've owned by favorite ones for about six years at this point. They're perfectly worn in and have just the right amount of give. That's when you know you have a really good pair of jeans — when they last for years without getting stretched out or fading too much.

No matter what your personal style is, you can find a pair of high waisties (as I like to call them), that will suit you and bring out your confidence. So, start looking.

Feel Comfortable In Stretchy Jeans


J BRAND Maria High Rise Skinny Jean (Sizes 22-32), $70-$218, Amazon

I love J BRAND jeans. They are probably some of the most comfortable jeans out there. I had two pairs of them in college and unfortunately I left one of them (the one that happened to be my favorite), in Paris while I was studying abroad. I was devastated because I had gotten them on super sale and they were perfectly worn in at that time. The stretchy material is soft against your skin, and it's the type of jean that you could probably sit on a plane for 10 hours in.

Embrace Your Silhouette In High Waisted Denim


Junarose High Waisted Slim Leg Jean (Sizes 18-22), $68, ASOS

Embrace your curvy side, and rock a pair of high waisted, slim cut jeans. You'll feel so confident in these super-stretchy jeans. They feature functioning pockets, and a zip fly. These are the kind of pants that you could wear on a night out or during the daytime because of their versatility. They would make the perfect closet staple.

Laid-Back In Ripped Boyfriend Jeans

Urban Outfitters

AGOLDE Jaime High-Rise Jean (Sizes 25-29), $148, Urban Outfitters

My ripped boyfriend jeans are my favorite jeans in my closet right now. The high waist line is great because I can wear crop tops with them if I want to. I actually love this whole look that Urban Outfitters has put together. My Converses are always on heavy rotation with my boyfriend jeans because it's the perfect casual look. If you're going for that laid-back vibe, these are the kind of high waisted jeans you'll want to wear.

Smokey Ankle Jeans For A Night Out


Topshop Jamie High Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans (Size 25x30), $35, Nordstrom

I love when I find the perfect pair of jeans for a night out. I usually gravitate towards all-black ensembles (I guess it's the New Yorker in me), but I think these gray jeans are a great alternative to the usual black style. The ankle cut is perfect for wearing with heels or low booties, and the pair would look so great with a fun top and a leather jacket for a night out.

Channel Your Inner Bohemian With Some Flare Jeans


DL1961 Heather High Rise Flare Jeans in Leonard (Sizes 24-32), $178, Amazon

One of my friends looks awesome in flare jeans. She always creates the coolest 70s throwback looks, and these would look great with a pair of platform heeled boots or shoes. The high waist and flare bottom create an elongated silhouette, and you'll look awesome rocking them.

Get Beachy With A Bleached Jean

Urban Outfitters

BDG Girlfriend High-Ride Jean- Bleached Blue (Sizes 24-32), $60, Urban Outfitters

BDG jeans are so, so good. When I worked at Urban Outfitters, I pretty much only used my employee discount to buy them. These ones are stretchy, but they actually feel like denim. The bleached color gives them a beachy, vintage vibe, and the cropped ankle allows you to pair them with so many different types of shoes. I'd totally rock these with an oversized sweater and Converses for a low-key, but stylish look.

Be Comfortable In Jeggings


Torrid Jeggings (Sizes 10-30), $59, Torrid

Here are a pair of pants that you'll never want to take off. Jeggings are really comfortable. The slim shape of the high rise pants are great options for those days that you know you should dress up a bit, but you don't actually want to. Jeggings give the illusion that you're wearing jeans, and these three-button close pants do just that. They have faux front pockets that really allow others to embrace the idea that you are in fact, wearing jeans.

Soft Denim For Everyday Wear


PAIGE Margot Ultra Skinny-La Rue No Whiskers (Sizes 24-32), $120-$189, Amazon

Dark blue jeans seem to be staples in any wardrobe. The key to finding a good pair is making sure you're buying ones that will last a long time, and PAIGE makes a beautiful pair of pants. They use high quality materials to give you a pair of denim pants that are soft and comfortable enough to wear every day.

Contoured, Stretchy Jeans For The Best Fit


GOOD AMERICAN Good Legs Ripped Skinny Jeans (Sizes 12, 20-24), $159, Nordstrom

GOOD AMERICAN makes premium denim that looks good on many sizes (0-24). This style is great because the high-waisted skinny jean lets you show off your shape, and the dark wash and ripped knees are edgy. These would look so cool paired with a distressed leather jacket and black pumps or boots. Perfect for a night on the town.

Make A Statement In Fun Printed Jeans


Rebecca Taylor High Rise Lavinia Rose Jeans (Sizes 24-30), $375, Amazon

Be bold, and put on a pair of printed jeans. Rocking them can be a fun way to go out of your style comfort zone, as they're comfortable and actually look good with a lot of different things. I'd personally pair them with a pair of cool white sneakers, a white t-shirt, and a black bomber jacket. It's a laid back look that will definitely have heads turning.

Rock A Pair Of Neutral Tone Jeggings


Sand Wash Jeggings (Sizes 10-30), $30-$35, Torrid

If you're going to get colored denim, you want to find a color that will still look good with several styles of tops, jackets, and shoes. This neutral sandy color definitely checks those boxes. The slim-fit pants are super comfy, and you can also get them in short, extra short, tall, extra tall, and regular.

Little Details Make The Look


J. Crew 'Straight Away' Stretch High Rise Crop Jeans (Sizes 25-31), $125, Nordstrom

If you're someone who loves to have small details that really make your look, then these jeans are a great option for you. The exposed four-button fly is really stylish and makes a statement in a less obvious way. The jeans are very stretchy, and therefore really comfy. The cropped leg can be worn rolled up or left down.

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