Bring on the edgy street style.
Unlike mid-rise jeans, which rest somewhere between your belly button and hips, high-rise (aka high-waist) jeans sit above your belly button. The look initially became popular back in the 80s, but now, with the rise in popularity of stretch denim, they’re far more comfortable. Below, our favorite high-waisted ripped jeans that run the gamut from super skinny jeans to slim fit, straight leg jeans to distressed mom jeans, dark wash to medium wash to light wash jeans, new arrivals, and more.
These SUPER high-rise women’s jeans (28”) have both front and side rips — whiskering included — for a baggy (in the best way) look that’ll keep you feeling simultaneously comfy and stylish.
These jeans have it all: fading, whiskering, distressed details, rips, frayed raw hems…you name it. They’re straight leg and tend to fit true to size. A best-seller if we’ve ever seen one.
The addition of a button fly lends a retro side to this otherwise edgy silhouette. Take your pick between light blue or medium blue — you can’t go wrong either way. Pair with a crop top, T-shirt, or chunky sweater.
Made with 100% organic cotton (which, BTW, is grown using less water and zero pesticides), this pair of mom jeans from Bershka sits up high on the hips and cuts off just around the ankles. Although a looser cut, it fits normally around the waist.
Here’s yet another pair of mom jeans from Bershka we love, except these have a slim, tapered fit cut closely around the thigh. Also 100% cotton. Also high-rise.
Classic denim-meets-comfort leggings for a win-win in the wardrobe department: jeggings! These have a super skinny fit (we’re talkin’ spray-on look) and identical rips along the knees.
501 jeans are the OG style from Levi’s made with non-stretch 100% cotton. These have a slightly distressed finish for an added “oomph” to the classic, all-American, high-waist jeans style.
Wondering why you don’t see any bootcut jeans, flare jeans/bell bottom jeans, or wide leg jeans on the list? Here’s the thing: you’re less likely to find the distressed look in these classic cuts. Stretchy mom jeans (aka boyfriend jeans) and straight-leg jeans are far more common. That being said, if you’re looking for something different, head on over to Revelle! There’s THOUSANDS more jeans to be found in your personal store.
For more on the seven most common types of jeans, head to our complete guide.
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