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The Best High-Waisted Jeans for Summer and Beyond

An ode my favorite style.

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PSA: Don't underestimate the feminine form-enhancing powers of high-rise denim. (You might need to loosen up a button or two after a big meal—but aside from that, they are amazing and I swear by them.) The fit sits narrow on your waist, lengthens legs, and accentuates the derrière. And if you have a long torso like I do, high-rise jeans have a way of balancing your body proportions. The fit has become a staple in the denim world, and you can find everything from high-waisted skinnies to high-waisted wide leg culotte bottoms. This season, brands have you covered with the most coveted washes and shapes. Here, the best styles (from some of our favorite denim brands) to look out for this summer.

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High-Waisted Mom Jeans
The Mom Jean in Melva Wash
Madewell madewell.com

We love a good pair of mom jeans that run slightly slouchy, but sit high on the waist so you have some definition in that area. These 100 percent cotton denim bottoms are roomy in the hips and thigh area and have tapered legs. Note: The jeans run large, so order one size down. 

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High-Waisted Pleated Jeans
Pleated Slim Cropped Jean
Pyer Moss pyermoss.com

These jeans are made in Portgual from 100 percent cotton. They have a carrot-like fit for those who prefer their pant legs to run slimmer towards the bottom. The embroidered brand name above the knees adds a nice designer touch.

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High-Waisted Tie-Dye Jeans
Devon Crop Botanical Tie Dye
ética eticadenim.com

This high-rise jean has a cropped raw hem and is tie-dyed using a blend of dyes from bougainvillea, chrysanthemum, and natural indigo. The colors are not only beautiful to look at, but also give off the ultimate summer vibes.

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High-Waisted Dad Jeans
Dad Jeans
Levi's shopbop.com

For those seeking a more relaxed retro style, dive right into these dad jeans from everyone's favorite classic label: Levi's. They have a slouchy fit in the legs, which means they're good for weekend wear with your most casual top and sandals. 

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High-Waisted Pink Jeans
High-Rise Skinny Jeans
Balmain net-a-porter.com
$358.00 (60% off)

Summer is the best time to wear colorful denim that strays outside of your blues and blacks. This pink pair of skinny jeans feels summertime appropriate and will amp up any top you wear, even if it's just a basic t-shirt.

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High-Waisted Organic Cotton Jeans
Le Sylvie Straight Leg Jeans
Frame nordstrom.com

This dark wash jean from Frame will remain a consistent favorite in your closet because it goes well with everything, from a floral silk shirt to a fuzzy winter sweater. The bottoms are made from a more environmentally-friendly version of the brand's stretch denim through the use of organic cotton and recycled fibers. 

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High-Waisted Strawberry Jeans
Printed High-Rise Skinny Jeans
Gucci net-a-porter.com

Strawberry fanatics or those wanting a funky pair of high-waisted jeans for the season will gravitate towards this fruit-printed pair from Gucci. The strawberries feel whimsical and bold, ensuring you will stand out in the bottoms where ever you go.

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High-Waisted Paper Bag Jeans
Denim Wide Leg Pant
Fe Noel fenoel.com

Exaggerated wide legs are great for the skinny jean-adverse shopper. The bottoms have a paper bag-waist design, cinched with a rope belt, while the high-rise fit balances out the wider legs.

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High-Waisted Frayed Jeans
The Rambler Ankle Fray
MOTHER motherdenim.com

Looking for a high-waisted denim with frayed hemlines? MOTHER's got you. These jeans come in that desired, lived-in vintage-inspired wash and have straight legs, making them a versatile addition to your denim collection. You can style the jeans with wedge sandals just as easily as boots. 

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High-Waisted Boyfriend Jeans
Swiss Cheese Boyfriend Jeans
Off-White farfetch.com

These jeans have earned the cheeky name of "Swiss cheese," thanks to the cutouts on the pant legs. We, for one, love cheese, so we're on board with this cool design. Plus, the holes will let your skin breathe when you're feeling a little hot in the sun.

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High-Waisted Asymmetrical Jeans
Criss Cross Upsize High-Waist Nonstretch Jeans
AGOLDE nordstrom.com

A quick way to bring an unexpected element to your everyday jeans is switching up the button placement. Luckily you don't have to DIY this because AGOLDE has a pair available with asymmetrical buttons. We love the illusion that the high-waisted jeans are buttoned sideways. 

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High-Waisted Yellow Jeans
Braided High-Waist Flare Leg Jeans
Runway Marc Jacobs nordstrom.com

Get your groove on in these yellow flare-leg jeans. The braided details on the waistband and pockets add a bit of design while the vibrant yellow color makes this denim piece a knockout in any ensemble. 

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High-Waisted Ripped Mom Jeans
Mom Loose-Fit Ultra High Jeans
H&M hm.com

These aren't your regular mom jeans, they're your cool mom jeans, namely because of the distressed details on the legs. This denim has a cropped fit and runs slightly baggy, so you don't need to worry about feeling suffocated in these.

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