If You Think Low-Rise Jeans Are Scary, These 9 Outfits Prove Otherwise


As someone who has practically lived in high-rise jeans for the past seven years or so, trust me when I tell you that I was skeptical when low-rise jeans started becoming a thing again. But now, many months later, here I am encouraging you to try them because they're cool. Still don't believe me? I spent the better part of an hour scrolling through only the chicest girls' Instagram feeds to prove it.

Below, you'll find nice outfits that show just how wearable the once-scary denim trend can be. The easiest-to-wear version is slouchy, baggy low-rise jeans. You might also be interested to know that very few of these outfits show any midriff, and when they do, it's just a sliver.

I, for one, am fully convinced I should try the low-rise look, and I even recently purchased this perfect pair of Reformation jeans. Scroll on to see the looks I'd wear them with, all of which are interchangeable between low-rise jeans and pants. Good luck. (But you don't really need it—these outfits are a piece of cake to pull off.)


Checkerboard Jacket + Jeans + Pumps
(Image credit: @lindatol)

If you were wondering how to make low-rise jeans look polished, here's your answer.

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Cardigan + Tank Top + Jeans + Ankle Boots
(Image credit: @lefevrediary)

This is the best way to wear low-rise jeans on chillier days.

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Leather Jacket + Fitted Tank + Black Pants + Platform Loafers
(Image credit: @anna__laplaca)

This outfit is appropriate for so many occasions. You're going to want to wear it day and night on repeat.

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Vest + Turtleneck + Jeans + Cap-Toe Pumps
(Image credit: @annelauremais)

Wearing low-rise jeans with classic accessories is such a fresh twist.

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White Button-Down + Baby Tee + Jeans + Platforms
(Image credit: @devonleecarlson)

If you really miss the early 2000s but don't want to look like you're wearing a costume, copy this exact outfit.

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Sweater + White Tee + Black Pants + Platforms
(Image credit: @louloudesaison)

How to look effortlessly cool and comfortable without wearing a sweatsuit.

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Blazer + Bodysuit + Jeans + Converse Sneakers
(Image credit: @camillecharriere)

This is the perfect look if you don't want to expose your midriff and still show your low waistband.

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Fleece Pullover + Camo Pants + Fancy Heels
(Image credit: @emilisindlev)

Pairing baggy camo pants with a fleece and fancy heels is the ultimate high-low mix.

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Camel Peacoat + White Jeans
(Image credit: @elizagracehuber)

White low-rise jeans are a fresh way to wear the trend this winter.

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Next, 8 Outfits That Prove High-Waisted Jeans Are Eternally Chic

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.