13 Stylish Tops to Pair With High-Waisted Skinny Jeans


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So you've added some high-waisted skinny jeans to your wardrobe, huh? Good choice, as they're the most flattering style, in our opinion. Perhaps more than any other denim style, though, high-waisted skinny jeans require a few specific types of tops to create the coolest, most flattering outfits: boxy cropped tops, slim blouses or tees that can be tucked in, and bodysuits.

The key is to show off the high, slimming waistline of the jeans, so a cropped or slim tops fits the bill. If, understandably, the words cropped and boxy send a cold shiver down your spine, not to fear—a boxy shape will balance out the slim proportions of the jeans and the cropped length of the top won't expose any skin, thanks to the ultra-high rise of the jeans. Ready for your high-waisted skinny jeans to meet their destiny?

Keep scrolling to shop tops (and skinnies!) from Topshop, Zara, Alexander Wang, Re/Done, and more!


Shop: Zara Two-Tone Top with Topstitching ($40); Topshop Moto Blue Raw Hem Jamie Jeans ($75).

This chic shell is very office-appropriate.


Shop: T by Alexander Wang Lace-Up Stretch-Modal Jersey Bodysuit ($160); J.Crew Lookout High-Rise Jeans in Black ($115).

Every celeb's favorite bodysuit just got a pink millennial makeover.


Shop: Re/Done | Hanes 1950s Striped Boxy Crop Tee ($85); J Brand Maria High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($175).

This basic looks great with any skinny-jean wash.


Shop: Ashley Rowe Tee Shirt in Tan ($145); Mother The Stunner Frayed High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($230).

Frayed hems add to the cool factor of this outfit.


Shop: Kate Moss for Equipment Ryder Intarsia Cashmere Sweater ($320); Mango Soho Skinny Jeans ($60).

Kate Moss's David Bowie–inspired collection is sure to sell out, so grab this top while you can.


Shop: Réalisation The Cher Top ($140); Re/Done Originals High-Rise Skinny-Leg Jeans ($302).

Who What Wear editors are obsessed with this Aussie line's tops.


Shop: Elizabeth and James Amanda Top ($295); Grlfrnd Karolina High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($210).

Heads-up: One-shoulder is the new off-the-shoulder.


Shop: Topshop Unique Silk-Jacquard Wrap Blouse ($230); Rag & Bone Skinny Jeans ($125).

The '80s are back for spring. Get on board.


Shop: Mango XXL Sleeve T-Shirt ($46); Frame Le High Skinny Distressed Jeans in Tillery ($235).

Your spring wardrobe isn't complete without a statement sleeve or two.


Shop: Tibi Stretch Falle Funnel Neck Top ($295); H&M+ Skinny High Jeans ($50).

Red and denim are a match made in heaven.


Shop: Gucci Print Cotton T-Shirt ($590); Madewell High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($125).

Every blogger and fashion insider is wearing this tee right now.

Related: The Best Winter Shoes to Wear With Skinny Jeans


Shop: Need Vacation Top ($125); M.i.h Jeans Bridge Skinny Jeans ($124).

The definition of easy breezy? This vintage-inspired blouse.


Shop: Ganni Emiko Metallic Jacquard Top ($111); AG The Mila Skinny Jeans in Overdye Blue ($188).

This pretty top is party-worthy.

Next up, shop the best going-out tops for colder nights.

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.