… the abundance of high-rise styles currently on the market.
I know high rises aren’t for everyone. Low and even mid rises hit me at exactly the wrong spot and make me unspeakably miserable, and depending on how you’re built high rises may do the same for you. But they’re the ONLY style of jeans and pants I can wear, and I’m thrilled to see a variety of washes, sizes, and styles available right now.
Here are a few styles and brands I love:
Karen Kane Zuma Twill Jean – $109
We’ll start with my standby: Karen Kane denim. I know this is a lot to pay for a pair of jeans, but I’ve worn my pairs on the blog and off and just straight-up adore them. I bought a pair of black Old Navy jeans about 9 months after I got my black Zumas, and the ON pair has already faded twice as much. Lots of stretch but no sagging, a slim leg, and a nice high rise. There’s a cropped version, too, in some fun colors for fall.
All Karen Kane jeans and pants are high-rise, so if you’re not into skinnies, there might still be options for ya. Plus sizes available in some styles. Made in the U.S.A.
Gap 1969 Resolution True Skinny High-rise – $34.99 – $79.95
use code COOL for 40% off until midnight
My other go-to right now is Gap, a brand that resisted high rises for a billion years before unveiling a great little collection earlier this year. They’ve got dark and light washes, several levels of distress, and tall and petite sizes in many styles. I’ve also got a couple of pairs of Gap Factory high rise skinnies that are super comfy, but tend to bag a bit after a day of wearing.
Everlane Slouchy Trouser – $120
I will admit that I’m yet to place my first Everlane order, but based on Grechen’s opinion alone I’m more than willing to recommend the brand. The company is extremely transparent about its sourcing and production methods, and dedicated to lower markups than traditional retail. These pants are an unlined mid-weight wool twill, and in a cut that would look equally appropriate at the office or at a funky restaurant.
I’m linking you to 6pm above, but also check Amazon, Nordstrom, and eBay for great pricing, especially if you’re looking for past-season styles or colors. Again, a spendy brand at full price, but comfortable, well-made, and available in a mind-blowing array of colors and styles, many in regular, petite, and plus sizes. The brand recommends buying a size down from your regular to optimize the “tummy panel,” but that has never worked for me. I buy my regular size and am far comfier in them. Made in the U.S.A.
Jones New York Sloane – $33 -$89
Again, the vast majority of JNY styles are high rise, but this classic wide-leg dress pant is incredibly versatile. Pocket-free and pared-down, it’s made from a seasonless, stretchy poly blend and comes in petite and plus sizes, too. Macy’s has some cute new JNY styles for fall.
I don’t wear this brand much myself anymore, but still praise them constantly for their size diversity – most styles are available in regular, petite, and plus sizes with a decent though smaller group in petite plus and tall sizes. Talbots will occasionally do a mid-rise, but the vast majority of their jeans and pants sit at the waist. And now’s a great time to buy since dozens of pairs are 50% off or more.
Premium denim brands like Paige and J Brand are hopping on the high-waisted bandwagon, too, showing everything from skinnies to flares, and you can get some great deals on them through the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, running until August 2.
Who else is a high-rise fan? Any other styles or brands to recommend?
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