Since denim has always been and will forever remain a classic that can be worn in a million different (and equally great) ways, one of the best ways to shake up your look is by trying a new cut, texture, or silhouette. And while high-waisted jeans aren’t exactly a new trend, if you tend to opt for hip-hugging versions, going for a pair whose hem hits right below your rib cage and above your tummy can be a great—and often super-flattering—change.
Again, while you can’t go wrong with pretty much any denim cut or wash (assuming they’re styled properly), high-waisted jeans do a few things especially well: They give off cool vintage vibes, keep you looking slim around the waistline, and pair perfectly with crop tops you were hoping not to have to leave behind after Labor Day.
Shop 23 of our favorite pairs of high-waisted jeans that are anything but basic, ahead.
Slice of Heaven Distressed Jeans, $50; at Nasty Gal
Bella High Rise Vintage Slim in Ponderosa, $198; at DL1961
Two's Company Two-Tone Jeans, $60; at Nasty Gal
Mother Hustler Snap Down Ankle Fray, $215; at Planet Blue
Colorado Black High Rise Cropped Skinny Jean, $68; at Tobi
Mother Insider Crop Two Step Fray, $225; at Planet Blue
Flare Your Soul Skinny Jeans, $50; at Nasty Gal
DG2 by Diane Gilman Classic Stretch Roll-Up Jeweled Girlfriend Jean, $80; at HSN
Farrow High Rise Instaslim, $178; at DL1961
Hepburn High Rise Wide Leg, $208; at DL1961
Fade It Til You Make It Embellished Jeans, $60; at Nasty Gal
Sit Tight Olive High Waisted Distressed Denim Pants, $94; at Tobi
Bella High Rise Vintage Slim, $250; at DL1961
After Party Vintage Star-Crossed Jeans, $120; at Nasty Gal
Bella High Rise Vintage Slim in Sonata, $188; at DL1961
A Gold E Jamie Hi Rise Classic Jeans, $148; at Planet Blue
California Vintage Wash High Rise Distressed Skinny Jean, $58; at Tobi
Bottoms Up High-Waisted Jeans, $50; at Nasty Gal