A good pair of jeans can change your life. Too dramatic? Well…I stand by it. The best fit, the best wash, and the best rise are all so important when finding a new pair of denim worthy enough to add to your collection. I’ve been on the hunt for a great pair of high waisted pair of light wash jeans, and Madewell came in and wooed me with their 10″ High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans. I truly love the rise, wash, and fit of them so much!
When it comes to High Rise denim, there are a couple of rules that I dress by:
- Highlight the waistline: You’re wearing a high rise! Don’t hide it. If you’re self-conscious about showing your back side, just do the subtle front tuck like I did in this outfit below. Doing this with a button down or a flowy top works best because you can tuck it in and slightly pull fabric back out to make the perfect looking “effortless” tuck.
- Pay attention to the most flattering hemline for your body: For me, an ankle length is the most flattering (in my opinion). I like to make sure that my ankles peek through enough so that my shoes do not touch the hemline. This is of course preference! But I think for my height and my build, it works best.
- Stick to basics: Higher waists already bring a lot of attention to your outfit, so if you are testing out the style for the first time, keep it simple. I stuck with this oversized button down blouse from Madewell so that I could tuck it into the front, which I thought would be a good way to try the high waist for the first time.
- Embrace cropped tops: this is a fun way to dress up the high waist denim and make them a bit flirty! It also highlights the smallest part of your waistline, so it’s a win-win.
I know these aren’t ground breaking, but hopefully they help you if you are considering trying out the style for the first time. And if you are looking for a great fit, check out Madewell! This is my first pair and needless to say, I’m hooked.
Photography by Allyson Clark