11 Ways to Rock Your High-Waist Jeans Without Feeling Totally '80s

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High-waisted jeans have survived about a dozen different iterations, from '70s-style flares to "mom jeans" and both of their revivals. Now, while higher rises are in, fashion girls are hardly wearing them like they used to. Instead of glamazon flared legs, the silhouette is straighter and cropped and cooler than the pairs you'll remember from your favorite '80s and '90s sitcoms. The trick is finding a rise that hits you just right, flatters your bum, and pairs well with all your other contemporary staples year-round. And not to worry, these shouldn't sit at your ribcage, but rather hug you right below the belly button, cinching you right at your natural waist and thus helping to create an hourglass shape.

Still, if the thought of actually pulling on a pair is enough to send you into a styling-induced frenzy, we're breaking down 11 easy ways to wear them with the help of a few influencers who have the look down pat. Read on for the inspiration.


Cinched with a belt, cropped at the ankle, and finished with strappy footwear

This look is all dressed up to go day to night.


With a billowy top tucked in

The volume up top contrasts the high waist and helps create the illusion of a trimmer middle.


Layered up with your other denim

Add a denim jacket and chambray top, then juxtapose the look with stark white shoes.


Topped off with a blazer

A sleek blazer over top creates a sophisticated look and a long, lean shape.


With an off-the-shoulder top and ankle-strap heels

This look gets a dose of sexy via the shoulder-baring top.


With a knotted crop top

Show off an hourglass shape by exposing just a sliver of skin above the waistband of your jeans.


With a sleek top and pointed-toe heels

Give your denim the sophisticated touch when you take this route.


In a wide-leg silhouette paired with sneakers

High-waisted culottes look decidedly cooler with sneakers.


With a ruffled top and sandals

Give them the Summer treatment with a bright, breezy top and walkable sandals.


Styled with a flowing sleeveless blouse

Let your prettiest top ruffle over your waistband for an ultrafeminine vibe.