While we wait with bated breath for low-rise jeans to make a comeback (the clock is ticking!), high-waisted jeans are still king. Whether you’re into skinny jeans, wide-leg crops, or a classic bootcut, a high waist lends a vintage, grown-up vibe. You have your act together — your pants hit at your waist! Below are 16 options to choose from. Pretty much every varietal of high-waisted denim pants is represented.
Everlane The Authentic Stretch Skinny Bootcut
Bootcut gets a bad wrap, but who wouldn’t trust Everlane when it comes to jeans? Everlane also makes its jeans at one of the world’s most environmentally friendly factories, Saitex. Available in sizes 23-33.
A kick-flare is the perfect shape for people who don’t want to wear skinnies, but also can’t get into boot cut jeans. The brand recommends sizing down if you really want a “second skin” fit. Available in sizes 0-38.
Jessica Simpson Women's Infinite High Waist Straight Leg Crop
The perfect “is that vintage?” faded blue wash. But unlike other vintage-y jeans on the list, these are made with a cotton blend so they’re stretchier than the 100 percent cotton jeans. Available in sizes 25-32.
Tired of super skinny jeans? Try a more relaxed straight leg instead. These are also made with Levi’s WaterLess initiative, which uses less water than traditional denim production. Win for you, win for the planet. Available in sizes 24-34.
NYDJ Women's Plus Size Ami Super Skinny Jeans in Sure Stretch Denim
Skinny jeans you can wear day after day. NYDJ jeans are equipped with their Lift Tuck technology that claims to make you look a size smaller. They also recommend ordering a size down for the Lift Tuck to work. Available in sizes 18-24.
The pockets, the stitching, and the dark, unfolded hem make these look more expensive than they are. If this is all a little too fussy for you, they come in a range of styles, some of which are more basic. Available in sizes 24-32.
Madewell The Curvy Perfect Vintage Jean in Sumner Wash
Channel your inner skater chick in washed black jeans. Madewell warns that they’ll feel a bit tight at first, but will stretch a bit within the first couple of wears. These — like the Everlane jeans — are also made at the Saitex factory, which is Fair Trade certified and recycles 98 percent of the water it uses. Available in sizes 23-37.
DL1961 x Marianna Hewitt Hepburn High Waist Wide Leg Jeans
The white Hepburn jeans from DL1961 are a favorite among Cut staffers. DL1961 is also committed to making sustainable jeans by using “half the dye, water and energy than in traditional denim processing.” Available in sizes 24-34.
Rag & Bone/JEAN Women's Ruth Super High-Rise Straight Jeans
If you want to splurge on jeans, these high-waist, classic blue jeans are a safe bet. They’re non-stretch denim and look like something Monica would wear on Friends — a plus in our book. Available in sizes 23-30.