A Stylist on the $98 Jeans He Always Suggests to Celebs

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Recently, I was chatting with celebrity stylist Chris Horan when he mentioned he has a favorite pair of jeans that he always uses to dress celebs in for events and the red carpet. I expected him to mention an expensive pair of jeans, so it came as a surprise to me when he named Levi’s Ribcage Jeans as his go-to denim. "They sit super high (hence the name), and the width of the leg is the perfect nod to a ’90s vintage jean without any of the questionable sagging we tend to come across,” Horan explained. "It snatches the waist in but then still has that effortless feel everywhere else.” While they come in a variety of fits, Horan recommends the straight-leg silhouette, in particular, for a celeb-worthy outfit.

Not only are they approved by Horan, but they’re also coveted among Who What Wear’s team of editors—myself included. While I stock them in my closet for the combination of a super-flattering fit and an unbeatable price point, I also wanted to know more opinions about the cult jeans, so I asked associate editor Anna LaPlaca to share exactly why she can’t live without them. "I recommend Levi’s Ribcage Jeans to anyone who will listen. With a 12-plus-inch rise, the ultra-high-waisted denim is the highest I’ve ever tried on a pair of jeans, and it gives them a super-tight, nipped-in look that I find so alluring,” LaPlaca explained. "The high rise means that they play well with crop tops, and I happen to think they look especially good with something boxy tucked in. And they make my butt look aces—what could be better?”

So there you have it. An affordable pair of jeans that are loved by celebs, stylists, and editors alike. What more proof do you need that they belong in your closet? Ahead, see outfits Chris Horan has styled celebs in with the $98 Levi’s Ribcage Jeans, and shop them for yourself.


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Take a styling note from Chris Horan and pair a light-wash version of the Levi’s Ribcage Jeans with a bold pink cardigan and metallic heels.

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Another celeb-approved way to style the jeans? Add a cardigan with pastel details and classic Chanel slingback heels.

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If you opt for black jeans, simply add a striped long-sleeve T-shirt and statement shoes like these mesh pumps.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.