7 Shockingly Elegant Low-Rise-Jeans Outfits I'm Absolutely Going to Try

Low-rise jeans are a lot of things, but I wouldn't really call them elegant on their own. Since low-rise jeans and elegance are two of the season's biggest trends, it's no surprise that people are finding ways to combine the polar opposites. I set out to find successful outfit examples, and successful I was.

The key to putting together an elegant low-rise-jeans outfit isn't really groundbreaking. You simply have to pair the jeans with polished, elevated pieces that counteract their casualness. Plus, you'll find that you don't have to show your midriff if that isn't your thing. As a matter of fact, most of the outfits in this roundup don't.

Selfishly, I decided to write this story because I, too, struggle with styling low-rise jeans and was in need of some inspiration. Below, you'll find the outfits that stood out to me—all of which I plan on trying very soon—and the pieces you need to re-create them yourself. Scroll to get on the elegant low-rise-jeans outfit train along with me.

Vest + Low-Rise Jeans + Sneakers + Structured Bag

Woman wearing black vest with low-rise jeans and sneakers.

(Image credit: @annabelrosendahl)

Style Tip: Pairing a vest top with low-rise jeans is an elegant no-brainer.

Tweed Jacket + Low-Rise Jeans + Pointed-Toe Flats

Woman wearing tweed jacket and low-rise jeans.

(Image credit: @slipintostyle)

Style Tip: Pointed-toe flats are the chicest, easiest way to dress up low-rise jeans.

Lace Top + Low-Rise Jeans + Red Shoes

Woman wearing lace top, low-rise jeans, and red shoes in Lisbon.

(Image credit: @salome.mory)

Style Tip: Create some contrast by pairing low-rise jeans with a fancy material such as lace or satin.

Cropped Jacket + White T-Shirt + Black Low-Rise Jeans + Pumps

Woman wearing black low-rise jeans and jacket.

(Image credit: @anoukyve)

Style Tip: Opt for black low-rise jeans for a night out or whenever you want to look a bit dressier.

Tweed Jacket + White Shirt + Low-Rise Jeans + Top-Handle Bag + Slingbacks

Woman wearing black jacket and low-rise jeans.

(Image credit: @nlmarilyn)

Style Tip: Carry a structured top-handle bag for instant elegance.

Peplum Blazer + Low-Rise Jeans + Ballet Flats

Blazer with low-rise jeans outfit.

(Image credit: @annelauremais)

Style Tip: Pair a peplum top with low-rise jeans for a flattering contrast.

Polo Shirt + Low-Rise Jeans + Ballet Flats

Polo shirt, low-rise jeans, and ballet flats outfit.

(Image credit: @smythsisters)

Style Tip: When wearing something loose with low-rise jeans, showing the waistband of the jeans will keep the outfit from looking sloppy.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.