We Called This Non–Skinny Jeans Trend Ages Ago, and Well, We Were Right

high-rise wide-leg jeans



If you read Who What Wear on the reg, you know that we tend to make a lot of trend predictions. Based on what we saw coming down the runways, infiltrating Instagram, and landing at our favorite retailers, we called out the next big non–skinny jeans trend when it was first bubbling up. Well, that was at the start of last year, and if you cut to the present day, the denim trend in question—high-rise wide-leg jeans—has fully taken over the fashion scene.

I'll just say it: We were right. If you don't already know what we're talking about, these full-length jeans are defined by a trouser-like wide leg and a waist-cinching high rise. We know that wide-leg jeans can be intimidating if you're used to wearing more fitted styled (ahem, skinnies), which is why the high rise is crucial here. It hugs you in all the right places and creates some nice dimension for the overall silhouette. Some of the standout pairs defining the trend include the Citizens of Humanity Annina Jeans, a Who What Wear–editor favorite.

We went ahead and sourced the aforementioned pairs along with more of the best wide-leg jeans on the internet right now. You know, just in case you wanted to get in on the trend, too. Keep scrolling to shop all our favorites and glean inspiration on how to style them along the way.

Style Tip: These jeans were tailor-made for tucking in a sweater. Add more dimension to the look with statement accessories.

It doesn't get any more classic than this wash.

The fastest-selling pair of Levi's right now.

how to wear high-rise wide-leg jeans



Style Tip: A structured blazer adds a cool polish to the relaxed denim.

high-rise wide-leg jean outfits



Style Tip: Try something cropped on top to really highlight the high-rise denim.

If you haven't tried this affordable denim brand, you're really missing out. 

In case a cropped hem is what you're after.

outfit ideas with high-rise wide-leg jeans



Style Tip: Embrace the retro feel of wide jeans when you pair them with a vintage print.

Style Tip: Throw on a cool sweater with the jeans for a simple winter outfit.

Wear these with some heels for a leg-lengthening effect.

Style Tip: Chunky boots happen to play especially well with the wide denim.

Pretty polished as far as denim goes.

I like the idea of pairing this denim style with a structured blazer.

A steal for of-the-moment denim.

best high-rise wide-leg jeans



Style Tip: Wearing a classic blazer coat and sleek accessories looks so sophisticated.

A classic denim brand to keep on your radar.

For even more non-skinny jeans ideas, we suggest looking to French girls for another on-the-rise style.

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.