I Tried the "Ribcage" Jeans Fashion Girls Are Obsessing Over


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ICYMI, we've already spoken at length about the magic of the $98 Levi's Jeans a stylist always suggests to celebs, but it's worth bringing up again. Launched in recent years, Levi's Ribcage jeans are a hit among the stylish crowds in NYC, London, and Los Angeles. Aptly dubbed the Ribcage style, the jeans offer the highest rise on any Levi's to date, and at 12 1/8 inches, the ribcage-grazing waistline puts other high-waisted jeans on the market to shame. With so much hype surrounding these jeans over the years, I figured I'd try them on myself to see if they're a worthwhile investment. Ahead, you'll see how I'm wearing the jeans. Plus, you'll want to keep scrolling to see how other fashion girls are styling them and shop the current Ribcage styles to add to your closet.

How I wore them:


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The name makes them a bit daunting, but once I threw on my pair and buttoned them up past my belly button, it became immediately clear that these were the most flattering (and affordable!) jeans I had ever worn. It turns out they were designed to fit that way, according to Global Chief Product Officer Karyn Hillman. "Authentic look and feel inspired by a '90s Levi's 501 with the modern amplified rise is so flattering—perfectly styled high or low," she says. Now that the dark-wash pair is a permanent part of my wardrobe, I can't stop telling my friends to add them to their own wardrobes.

How fashion girls wear them:


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

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.