Everyone I Know Is Raving About These £100 Jeans

Arket's puffer coats, Gucci's crystal slingbacks, Mango's shearling jacket, H&M's wide-leg trousers… These are just a few of the would-be cult items that we introduced to you ahead of the hype this season. And, dear reader, we're about to tip you off to another piece that's worth knowing about.

Over the past couple of months, we couldn't help but notice that one particular item has been quietly cropping up all over our Instagram feeds. As you've likely deduced by the title of this article, the item is indeed a pair of jeans—Levi's Ribcage jeans, to be precise. What makes them so special? We're glad you asked—we decided to do a little digging into the matter, and let's just say we think they give every jean that came before them a run for their money.

Boasting Levi's highest-ever rise—a whole 12 inches—the Ribcage is specifically designed to whittle the waist while defining your hips and bum to peachy perfection. The inspiration for them came from the likes of Katherine Hepburn (who kept the waistlines of her trousers high during the 1930s) and the sartorially savvy women who buy the brand's vintage 501s and tailor them themselves to create a slimming jean silhouette. So if the illusion of longer legs and a defined waistline is what you seek, look no further…

They've been around for a couple of years now and have amassed quite the cult following. Keep scrolling to see how the fashion pack are wearing their Levi's Ribcage jeans, and then shop your favourite below.


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Style Notes: We love how Yusra has paired her Ribcage jeans with a knitted vest and a long-sleeved tee for autumn style perfection.


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Style Notes: Chiara loans her minimalistic flare to the Ribcage by wearing her white pair with a striped jumper and beige trench coat.


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Style Notes: For the ultimate in off-duty cool, just add white sneakers and a bomber jacket, like Lindsey Holland.


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Style Notes: Rachael Clifton gives her Ribcage jeans a Parisian overhaul with a beret, long black coat and loafers.


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Style Notes: Make like Lauren and incorporate your Ribcage jeans into a simple blazer-and-tee look.

Shop Levi's Ribcage Jeans


1. The 501

2. The Bootcut

3. The Shaping Skinny

4. The Baggy

5. The Wedgie

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

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.