How California Girls Wear High-Waisted Jeans

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California girls have a serious affinity for denim. Skinnies, jean jackets, boyfriend jeans—you name it and they probably own it. So it comes as no surprise that when L.A.’s fashion set steps out for an industry event, the fabric takes center stage. The evidence? Last week, we threw a party to celebrate AG’s new store opening at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island, hosted by Kat Collings, our very own editor in chief. Attendees included bloggers Taye Hansberry of Stuff She Likes, Tania Sarin of TSarin, and Lisa Dengler of Just Another, all of whom arrived wearing some seriously cool high-waisted jeans.

As you’d expect, the outfit combinations we spied in-store were nothing short of stylish—we can already see ourselves re-creating them all spring long. So if you’re looking for new ways to style your denim this season, call off the search. Not only are we giving you a peek inside the party, we’re also showing you two very simple ways to get that easy, effortless West Coast look du jour via high-waisted jeans. Ready to look truly Californian (wherever you are)? Today we’re showing you how it’s done.

Jeans + a Tee


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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: There’s nothing cooler than a good jeans-and-tee combination. Dengler really hit the nail on the head with this très-chic Breton-striped tee—it’s the ultimate easy but stylish outfit formula to keep in your back pocket.

Jeans + a Blouse


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Leave it to Sarin to update her denim with a chic belt and printed silk blouse. This look screams L.A., and it’s really easy to re-create—just opt for distressed high-waisted jeans and a silky pajama-inspired top. We have a feeling you’ll be wearing this one on repeat.



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Collings and Hansberry styled the same AG top in two very chic ways: While Collings decided to leave the tie undone, Hansberry created a loose bow. Worn with high-waisted jeans, this look is versatile enough for both the boardroom or a night out.



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Embroidery and personalization is everything this season, so we had the professionals at Lot, Stock and Barrel on-site to offer some on-trend personalization. 


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Embroidery in action.


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DJ Lisa Love set the mood for the evening, filling the store with tunes while guests shopped for new denim. 

In need of more denim styling tips? See how French girls do the same look here.

Nayiri Mampourian
Senior Fashion Editor, Branded Content

Nayiri is Who What Wear's senior fashion editor for branded content and based in her hometown, Los Angeles. It all began in 2014 when she landed an internship at the company and never looked back. While she does love writing her fair share of fashion stories, her heart really belongs in the brainstorm room, where she has fun strategizing different ways to create content with our fashion partners so that you engage with the brands you know and love. Her style tends to be more classic (she loves a good black-and-white look with gold accessories), and white pumps are kind of her thing. If she had to pick one person's wardrobe to raid, it would be Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's, and she also has a major obsession with interior design. She's a mom to a 1-year-old baby girl named Sophie, and she fully plans on training her to spot fashion trends by the time she's 10. That's all!