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 pair achieves the perfect super skinny fit, without crossing the line into too-tight territory.
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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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