Help! I Want High-Rise Jeans That Aren't Too High

Taylor Swift has kept the world guessing by baring her midriff while refusing to expose her belly button. But, while the matching-set look Swifty prefers is cute, the high waistline doesn't always translate well to other forms of clothing — namely, jeans.
This has been a struggle for the short-torsoed among us since way before Taylor and her navel started eluding the Internet. Vintage-lovers have known the dilemma for years: We find the perfect retro silhouette, only to realize that concepts of waistlines have vastly changed over the years.
We hear your need for a pair of high-rise jeans that doesn't go up all the way to your neck. Outside of scoping out the petite section, a careful look at the market has unearthed mid-rise jeans that err on the side of high-rise, boyfriend jeans with just the right waistline, and other clever hacks of the denim-fit system. Ahead, check out our 15 most flattering picks.
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This wash is reminiscent of your favorite vintage denim, but with a better fit.
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Rag & Bone always has the answers to our denim prayers.
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This pair achieves the perfect super skinny fit, without crossing the line into too-tight territory.
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A style that fits right below the belly button is ideal for short-torsoed people who want a high-waisted look.
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This boyfriend jean has a slim fit, so you don't drown in denim.
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This pair is high-waisted, loose-fit, and slightly distressed — everything on our perfect-jeans checklist.
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You don't have to sift through thrift-store racks to get the vintage look.
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This slouchy style is between high-rise and mid-rise, making it ideal for short torsos.
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These skinnies will elongate your legs.
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A not-too-high high-rise is exactly what we've been looking for. This pair's basically jeans heaven.
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Pair these dark-wash jeans with a tee, a cold-weather crop top (yep, it's doable), and some ankle booties, and you're good to go.
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The petite version of your favorite brand could be just what you've been looking for.
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This high-rise style comes in petite, too — so everyone can enjoy the fit.
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These boyfriend jeans may be baggy down low, but they fit snugly around the waistline — to flatter your torso.
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The mom-jeans takeover continues. This distressed-denim pair has more street cred that the average mom, though. (No offense, ma; we still love you.)

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