With jeans, I’m always looking for the perfect blue. A true blue without any gray or green, and not a lot of distressing. Browsing the markdowns at Revolve, I found it, in a J Brand wash called Lotus. And marked down to $85! The problem: the only style the color came in was a high-rise flare–a cut that, when done wrong, can be cruel enough to put you off jeans altogether.
But what’s this blog for if not to challenge myself? Spring is in the air and I’m tired of my skinnies. And the jeans reminded me of my all-time favorites, a pair of vintage Levis 517s that I had in high school. The $85 J Brands felt a little like fate.
There are a few reasons why high-rise jeans are so dangerous. First, the potential for camel toe. Sorry to get all personal, but the issue of camel toe needs to be addressed. If you don’t know what it is, google it, but not if you’re at work. My personal theory for why camel toe happens so often with high rise jeans is because you tend to hike up high-rise jeans, and when you hike too aggressively, that’s when the camel toe happens. Second danger: pancake ass. To be Asian is to be at one with the pancake ass. I could write a book about pancake ass. High-rise jeans present a high risk of pancake ass because they create the illusion that your butt is longer than it really is.
I think the temptation with high-rise jeans is to wear something longer on top to cover some of the rise in the back so your butt doesn’t look so long. But if you’re feeling like a challenge, try pairing a high rise with a cropped sweater. The whole point of a high rise is the 70s feel, and you miss out on a lot of that if you just cover up the waist. And for me, the pairing seemed to create curves where I don’t really have any, so that’s an added bonus. Be careful what you layer under a cropped sweater. Too long, and you’ll ruin the look.
Or Don’t Tuck
If you’re reading this and you just can’t get behind the tucking in, I hear you. But consider this: a pair of high rise jeans is better than a pair of Spanx for slimming, if you’re going to be wearing the jeans under tops that you don’t intend to tuck in. The high rise will cover your stomach and kind of tighten up the area, so they are a solid choice for pairing with tops made of slinkier materials (like jersey–God I hate jersey). Just make sure to get the sizing right. If they aren’t tight enough, they will just add more material to the belly area, instead of sucking you in.
Back to Basics
At my core, I’m a t-shirt and jeans girl. But the t-shirt has to be right. I hate tight necklines and the sleeve has to be short, but not too short. The t-shirt below has been my standby since law school. I have it in four colors. I wear it to bed, I wear it to work out, and now I wear it with my high-rise jeans. It’s also actually $22, not $24, but it’s been a long weekend and I’m too tired to fix the price in the photo below. The tri-blend fabric is especially good with the high-rise because it underscores that 70s vibe.
Other stuff I intend to wear these jeans with: a tight black turtleneck with a big earthy necklace over it (think Ali McGraw). Or belted, with a chambray button-down, for a little denim-on-denim action. I’ll lose the boots when it gets warm and wear them with wedges and a tank.
Have I convinced you even a little?