High-Waisted Jeans: You Know You Want Them

There's something about the new styles of high-waisted pants that are too good to pass up. They're not quite a mom jean (unless that's the look you're going for), for starters. The fit flatters so many different shapes that it has completely infiltrated our social media feeds (cough, Kylie Jenner). With Levi's releasing a revamped line of the hiked-up mom jean, aptly named the Wedgie, it seems like this trend isn't going anywhere any time soon (and we couldn't be happier — its ability to create an instant butt-lift is unrivaled).
Whether you're looking for a new pair, or are finally ready to give this style a chance, you can find our definitive guide to finding the perfect high-waist here — but, for some new, must-have-now picks to snatch up, click through the slideshow ahead.
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Straight

This pair is classic, with a touch of grunge.

Zara Straight Leg Comfort Mom Jeans, $45.90, available Zara.
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A medium wash gives off a more laid-back look.

Levi's Wedgie High Waist Straight Jeans, $89.50, available at Nordstrom.
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The fit down the leg may be straight, but the fringed hem adds some shape to these black jeans.

Forever21 Plus Size Frayed Mid-rise Jeans, $29.90, available at Forever21.
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Still a fan of ripped knees? Yeah, so are we.

American Eagle High-Waisted Girlfriend Jean, $49.95, available at American Eagle.
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A little stretch goes a long way when your pants button up this high.

AYR Hi-Rise Skinny, $195, available at AYR.
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Wide-Leg
Tuck in a poplin top to make the waist really pop.

Natasha Zinko High Waisted Flared Jeans, $999 $499, available at Stylebop.
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Just add a crop top and sneakers, and you've got a summer special on your hands.

BDG Extreme Wide-leg Jean, $69, available at Urban Outfitters.
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After all these years, Abercrombie & Fitch still comes through with the denim selection (and nostalgic silhouettes).

Abercrombie & Fitch High Rise Wide Leg Jeans, $78 $46.80, available at Abercrombie & Fitch.
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The buttoned-up side and folded front give the '70s silhouette a contemporary twist.

Current Air Plus Wide Leg Jean with Raw Finish, $76, available at ASOS.
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Flare
Go retro with a (double) light wash flare.

M.i.h. Jeans Marrakesh Jean, $255, available at M.i.h. Jeans.
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These flares were made for dancing.

SJYP Bow-embellished Cropped High-rise Flared Jeans, $335, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Elongate the look of your legs with a sleek set of flares.

Mango Flared Jeans, $79.99, available at Mango.
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Vintage Cut
We love how this top-stitching pops.

Rachel Comey Norm Pant, $345, available at Rachel Comey.
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Denim is always better with a bold accent.

Frame Le Original Patch Jeans, Rose Lake, $325, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Is it still a "mom jean" when so many non-moms are wearing them now?

Topshop Moto Mid Blue Ripped Mom Jeans, $75, available at Topshop.
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If a skinny crop isn't your choice silhouette, this wide-leg cropped pair does this trick.

Acne Studios Cropped High-rise Wide-leg Jeans, $470 $211, available at The Outnet.
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Kick Flare
Level out the length by choosing a cropped high rise.

Attico Rosa Indigo High Waisted Kick Flare Jeans, $290 $116, available at Farfetch.
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There are so many good trends happening here at once: cropped, frayed, and high-waisted.

Eloquii Ruffle Hem Jeans, $89.90, available at Eloquii.
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You new wear anytime, anywhere pair.

Current/Elliott The Kick High-rise Cropped Flare Jeans, $208, available at Anthropologie.
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