The Best High Waisted Skinny Jeans

January 23, 2019

High waisted jeans are my JAM! Seriously, what is not to love? They suck you in and create a longer leg line. As a mom who had a c-section, I am especially fond of them. Though I am thin that area of skin just isn’t quite the same. I like something to go over it rather than hit at the same place/highlight it. I also love a high waist when I am on the floor with my now toddler. I’ve become quite a connoisseur, so today I am sharing the best high waisted skinny jeans. I have several designer pairs, but for the purpose of today’s post I wanted to focus on non-designer options. I will say, the one line I haven’t tried designer wise and want to is Good American.

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The Best High Waisted Skinny Jeans

On to the non-designer brands I love. Worth mentioning in my opinion are Express and Old Navy. As far as affordability, these are probably the best bets as they are often on sale. I have tried both Topshop and American Eagle as well, but in my opinion they are too stretchy though I know a lot of people love them. I have both an Old Navy and Express pair I like, but my favorite high waisted skinny jeans are Madewell and Levi’s hands down. In today’s post I am wearing the Levi’s 721 skinny jeans. This is my exact pair. I absolutely love the fit, rise, color, and distressing. It can sometimes be hard to find a jean with just a busted knee. I feel like retailers often go a little crazy with the distressing, and at my age that look is just not for me. I like a distressed jean but nothing too crazy. These are also only $98.

Full Review Below

Below I am going to show the other pair of Levi’s I have found a love as well as a couple Madewell jeans I love for comparison. You can read sizing, quality, and fit notes as well. It’s a full review! Leave me a comment if you have any questions.

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Levi’s Mile High Super Skinny, $98 – Shop Exact Here

Great, classic wash skinny jean to wear all the time. These are stretchy and comfortable but do not stretch out. A slightly softer denim than the Madewell below. When you shop on the Levi’s site, they usually offer various inseams.

the best high waisted skinny jeans - Levi's mile high super skinny

Madewell 9 in Skinny Jean, $128 – Shop Exact Here (almost sold out), Exact in Slightly Different Wash Here, All Here

Madewell has forever been a favorite denim brand of mine. They are well made and hold up well. This is the 9 in rise regular (non-curvy) fit. I don’t like their thermolite edition as much either. They offer petite, regular, tall, and taller inseams as well which is awesome. I am wearing the tall in this pair. They have a bit more true denim feel than the Levi’s Mile High though still have stretch. They do not stretch out. If you bring in an old pair of jeans, they will give you $20 and recycle it to make housing insulation for Habitat for Humanity. Is that not so cool?! More here.

the best high waisted skinny jeans - Madewell

Madewell Button Front Jeans, $135 – Shop Exact Here

Obsessed with this button front detailing! Same info as above on Madewell, but this is the taller inseam as they didn’t have my size in the tall (my normal). You need to size down one in this pair as they have a little more stretch.

the best high waisted skinny jeans - Madewell button front

Levi’s 721 Skinny Jean (same as pictured above in my post), $98 – Shop Exact Here

the best high waisted skinny jeans - Levi's 721 skinny jeans

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  • Reply Angela January 23, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    High waisted is much more flattering on me too. I sure love those buttoned ones!


  • Reply Biana January 23, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I’m obsessed with high waisted jeans!! I cant get enough of them! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Jill January 23, 2019 at 10:28 am

    I’m so happy high waisted jeans are back! All of these are so cute on you! I love the button front jeans!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Reply Jessica A Jannenga January 23, 2019 at 10:20 am

    You always look great in jeans Amy! I love these higher waist jeans on you, i havent tried them for myself.
    Love the long berry cardi and the fur slides , so cute and comfy too!
    jess xx

  • Reply Lisa January 23, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I have just started wearing high waisted jeans and love how they stay in place better. I was so tired of pulling and tugging at my mid-rise jeans.
    Not only do I love your look here. I want those fur lined loafers!!!!!

  • Reply Karly January 23, 2019 at 9:29 am

    American Eagle is my go-to for jeans, but everyone raves about Madewell so I may have to try those sometime. Great roundup/review!

  • Reply Shannon Jenkins January 23, 2019 at 9:16 am

    I cannot wait to wear highwaisted jeans again! These all look so amazing on you!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  • Reply Meagan Brandon January 23, 2019 at 9:08 am

    I basically only wear high waisted jeans now, especially after having a baby. I didn’t have a C-section but my stomach is also not quite the same and high waist fits just feel/look better. I may have to try Madewell – despite being a huge denim collector I don’t own any of their jeans!


  • Reply Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies January 23, 2019 at 8:40 am

    I’m into the big buttons at the moment. But you have the figure for jeans and they all look amazing on you! xx Maria

  • Reply Cristina - Memories of the Pacific January 23, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Those jeans look amazing on you! The whole outfit is very stylish, I love it Amy 🙂

  • Reply Shelbee on the Edge January 23, 2019 at 7:45 am

    These all look so fabulous on you! I love the wash…that medium shade of indigo is really flattering!


  • Reply jodie filogomo January 23, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Let’s just say one reason I’m happy the high rise are coming back is that I have some cropped sweaters I knitted over 20 years ago. I could never get rid of them since I knitted them, so now I’ll be able to wear them easier!!

  • Reply Amy Johnson January 23, 2019 at 7:36 am

    I love high waisted jeans too, for all the reasons you mentioned. Love your cardigan!

  • Reply Rachelle January 23, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Nowadays if it’s not high waisted I don’t even bother.


  • Reply Julie | This Main Line Life January 23, 2019 at 7:07 am

    I love high waisted jeans too and I especially like some of the button fly options.

  • Reply Rach January 23, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Madewell is for sure my favorite pair of high-waisted jeans. I’ve benign to try Levi’s and I really love how they fit on you!

  • Reply Kelly R January 23, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Madewell really does have the BEST jeans! I’m obsessed with my button-fly pair from them!!

    Rosy Outlook

  • Reply Katherine January 23, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Okay I love these!! They look so cute on you; the fit is just perfect.

    Katherine |

  • Reply Andrea Nine January 23, 2019 at 6:17 am

    You have the best best jeans collection sweet friend! I love the style jeans they are making today, great stuff for all body types.

  • Reply candice January 23, 2019 at 3:06 am

    I love high waisted jeans! They keep everything in place.

    Candice |

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