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It’s time to take the high road…
It’s hard to believe that at the start of the millennium the best jeans were not high-waisted jeans, but the low-rise styles worn by music-video stars. Thanks to the likes of Destiny’s Child and Christina Aguilera, the hipster jean and chain belt were the epitome of glamour.
Luckily, trends come and go, and after that one disappeared, along with the noughties, we moved into a decade of more demure jean trends. Enter high-waisted jeans, a nod back to 70s and 80s style and a denim dream in terms of both comfort and style. Sure, we may tap into the mid-rise style now and then, but when it comes to looking for incredibly figure-flattering jeans, high-waisted styles are our go-to.
How do you wear high-waisted jeans?
The key to making the most of your high-waisted jeans is to tuck in your top or opt for a cropped top. This doesn’t necessarily mean flashing your waist, just changing where your hemlines finish for a more modern look.
Want something with a little more coverage? A paper-bag waist looks great with a tucked-in tee and trainers, and a wide-leg jean works well with a bodysuit and mules. Add a belt if you want extra definition. It will help cinch you in and highlight – or create – a waist.
The best high-waisted jeans styles to buy now
With so many different styles to choose from, we’ve scoured the shops to find the best ones out there, from budget-friendly to investment pieces you’ll wear time and time again.
1. Gap Sky High Rise Universal Jegging with Secret Smoothing Pockets
These jeans finish high – just covering the belly button – with “hold you in” front pocket panels for a sleek and smooth silhouette. They’re as comfy as leggings, but look like denim.
2. H&M Tapered High Ankle Jeans
Comfortable and chic, a paper-bag waist cinches you in at the middle for a flattering finish. Best teamed with a tucked-in tee and chunky boots for a cool, laid-back look.
3. John Lewis & Partners Organic Cotton Rich Straight Leg Jeans
Everyone needs a classic black jean and these are a bestseller. A high rise and a flattering straight cut, they’re an everyday staple. Made from organic cotton with a slight stretch.
4. Mango High Waist Jeans,
Wide-leg jeans are great leg lengtheners as well as giving off a cool 70s retro vibe. Balance proportions and team with a figure-hugging top or body.
5. Crew Clothing Girlfriend Jean
A girlfriend jean is a less baggy version of the boyfriend, so ideal if you’re after a slim, but loose, style. Sitting high on the waist, its relaxed fit works well for a low-key weekend look.
6. V by Very High Waist Mom Jean
Mom jeans show off your waist, sitting high and finishing with a tapered leg. This retro-inspired bleached-wash style uses non-stretch denim and has a relaxed fit.
7. Weekday Body Extra High Skinny Jeans
If you like your jeans skinny, these are the ones for you. Made with organic cotton, they come in four different washes.
8. Zara Hi-Rise Straight Leg Jean, £25.99
The raw hem gives these an added edge. Skimming straight over hips and thighs, they are roomier than skinnies but just as versatile. Budget-friendly, too.
9. Topshop Considered Three Stretch Flare Jeans, £29.99
A super-high waist and a skinny flare make this pair a winner. Perfect if you’re looking to balance out larger hips, team with heels for the full effect. Topshop’s Considered collection uses organic cotton and is friendlier to the planet.
10. Levi’s Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans
Levi’s highest high rise helps define your waist and makes your legs appear longer, too. Finishing at the ankle, they’re perfect for petites.
11. M&S Ivy High Waisted Distressed Skinny Jeans
These stretchy skinnies sculpt your shape in for a smooth silhouette. Available in six different washes, the cotton is all responsibly sourced, too.
12. Reformation Cynthia High Relaxed Jean, £140
Reformation might be famous for their dress collection, but their denim is worth a look, too. Fitted throughout the hip and bum, these have a relaxed leg for a comfortable fit.
13. Wrangler Mom Jeans
These mom jeans are as classic as they come from iconic brand Wrangler. Made with recycled fibres, keep it casual with Converse and a striped tee.
14. Uniqlo High Rise Skinny Fit Sculpting Ankle Length Jeans
Made with compression denim fabric to help hold you in, this material promises to keep its shape wash after wash. Ankle-length, they’re great for dressing up or down.
15. River Island Petite Blue Carrie High Rise Mom Jeans
The visible seam on these washed denim jeans helps streamline your shape and lengthen your legs. A winner for petites.
Which pair high waisted jeans are your top pick?