High Waisted Jeans
High-waisted jeans are staging a major comeback. Courtesy of Dôen

Love it or not, there's no denying that the return of ultra-low-rise denim has been one of the more polarizing events in recent fashion history. After all, the trend harkens back to a time that perpetuated unrealistic beauty standards. Plus, with low-slung jeans come certain downsides. There's always a looming risk of wardrobe malfunctions and they don't sculpt or accentuate your curves nearly as well as high-waisted jeans do.

High Waisted Jeans
Loewe Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Perhaps for this reason at the Spring 2024 shows we saw a sharp, ahem, rise in high-rise styles. Some more wearable than others. At Loewe, Jonathan Anderson did daywear with a twist, pairing an exaggerated-cuff Oxford shirt with super, super high-waisted white jeans. We're talking halfway up the rib cage, Steve Urkel style.

High Waisted Jeans
Coperni Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Coperni also played with everyday silhouettes by teaming flared, high-waisted jeans with button-down shirts with lapels that ended at the sternum and sleeves that hung way down below the wrist. Rokh and Stella McCartney featured worn, wide-legged denim alongside skin-baring outerwear. At Rokh it was a brown-check blazer with bra-baring cut-outs, while at McCartney a faux leather blazer was worn solo.

Celine's Spring 2024 runway film featured bootcut jeans held up by black belts with sparkly silver buckles, styled in one case with a belly button-exposing white cami. In another, a cropped black turtleneck and motocross jacket. So it seems designers are still adamant that we show some skin.

But don't feel obligated. Whether you ultimately choose to style yours with a rib-skimming crop top, a romantic blouse, a crisp button-down, a formfitting bodysuit or a classic tee, for now just bask in the knowledge that classic, universally flattering high-rise jeans are back. (Did they ever really leave?)

Now to decide on your denim mood. After all, a great pair of jeans, no matter the rise, is all about personal preference. Are you into the timeless look of straight legs and skinnies? Or do you prefer the laid-back ease of a baggy boyfriend style? Perhaps, like McCartney, you constantly reference the 70s (or identify as petite) and flares are more your thing. Or you're aching to try a more avant-garde, barrel-leg silhouette.

Color-wise, are you partial to the summery, nautical associations of eggshell? The Parisian vibes of dark indigo? The versatility of medium-blue tones? The 90s nostalgia of inky black?

Whatever the case, there's something for you in the assortment below. Scroll down for our edit of the best high-rise jeans currently on the market.

Jeanerica Fuji Stretch High-Rise Super Flared-Leg Jeans
Jeanerica

Jeanerica Fuji Stretch High-Rise Super Flared-Leg Jeans, $260 at Moda Operandi

COS Symmetry Jeans Straight
COS

COS Symmetry Jeans Straight in Washed Black, $120 at COS

Good American Good Waist Cropped High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans
Good American

Good American Good Waist Cropped High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans in Mid Denim, $140 at Net-a-Porter

SLVRLAKE London Double Yoke
SLVRLAKE

SLVRLAKE London Double Yoke, $240 at SLVRLAKE

AGOLDE Luna Pieced Wide-Leg Jeans
AGOLDE

AGOLDE Luna Pieced Wide-Leg Jeans, $260 at Matches Fashion

Anine Bing Carrie Jean
Anine Bing

Anine Bing Carrie Jean, $250 at Anine Bing

Zara ZW Marine High Rise Straight Pocket Jeans
Zara

Zara ZW Marine High Rise Straight Pocket Jeans, $49.90 at Zara

Loewe Anagram Appliqued High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans
Loewe

Loewe Anagram Appliquéd High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans, $1,050 at Net-a-Porter

Mango Waxed High-Rise Skinny Jeans
Mango

Mango Waxed High-Rise Skinny Jeans, $49.99 at Mango

Bottega Veneta High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans in Blue, $1,300 at Net-a-Porter

Everlane The Original Curvy Cheeky Jean
Everlane

Everlane The Original Curvy Cheeky Jean in Ecru, $88 at Everlane

Madewell The Perfect Vintage Jean
Madewell

Madewell The Perfect Vintage Jean in Decatur Wash, $109.50 at Madewell

Reformation Cynthia High Rise Straight Jeans
Reformation

Reformation Cynthia High Rise Straight Jeans in Liman, $148 at Reformation

Other Stories Straight Jeans
& Other Stories

& Other Stories Straight Jeans in Light Blue, $129 at & Other Stories

Still Here Childhood
Still Here

Still Here Childhood in Classic Blue, $235 at Still Here

RE/DONE High Rise Rigid Loose Jean
RE/DONE

RE/DONE High Rise Rigid Loose Jean, $285 at Shopbop

Citizens of Humanity Jolene Cropped High-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans
Citizens of Humanity

Citizens of Humanity Jolene Cropped High-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans in Light Denim, $168 at Net-a-Porter

Darkpark Rosalind Bow Cargo Denim
Darkpark

Darkpark Rosalind - Bow Cargo Denim, $730 at Moda Operandi

COS Column Flocked-Denim Jeans Straight
COS

COS Column Flocked-Denim Jeans Straight, $170 at COS

Doen Diana Jean
Dôen

Dôen Diana Jean in Rinse Wash, $198 at Dôen

Levis Ribcage Wide
Levi’s

Levi's Ribcage Wide, $108 at Revolve

Alexander McQueen High-Rise Stretch-Denim Flared Jeans
Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen High-Rise Stretch-Denim Flared Jeans, $1,090 at Matches Fashion

Isabel Marant Lemony Denim Pants
Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant Lemony Denim Pants in Grey, $590 at Isabel Marant

MOTHER The High Waist Rascal Slice Sneak Fray Jeans
MOTHER

MOTHER The High Waist Rascal Slice Sneak Fray Jeans, $238 at Neiman Marcus

Rag Bone Andi High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans
Rag & Bone

Rag & Bone Andi High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans, $235 at Anthropologie

Pilcro Rinse Cuffed High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
Pilcro

Pilcro Rinse Cuffed High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans, $148 at Anthropologie

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