PSA: Don't underestimate the feminine form-enhancing powers of high rise denim. The thigh-skimming style narrows the waist, lengthens stems, and accentuates the derrière. If you're equally as lovestruck by the retro silhouette, this season has you covered with all kinds of washes and shapes, from cropped culottes to '70s wide leg styles. Here, the best styles (and some of our favorite brands) to look out for this summer.
The more cropped, the better if you're opting for denim on a sweltering day. We love the frayed hem, especially.
High Rise Raw Edge Jean, $195; shop.nordstrom.com.
An actually flattering flare that crops just above the ankle (all the better to show off a pair of strappy sandals) or the ideal wash for hotter days ahead: a crisp pair of distressed white denim.
The perfect fit for hourglass shapes.
Tailorless Ginger Flare Leg Trouser, $189; 7forallmankind.com.
A pair of ink-splattered ombre jeans to wear with a body suit this summer.
Plus, every time you shop Guess denim from April 25 through April 30, the brand will donate 10% of proceeds to Peace Over Violence for Denim Day 2016: consider it a win-win.
1981 High Rise Button-Front Skinny Jeans, $89; guess.com.