How to Wear High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans: 7 Chic Ways

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Most of us have a ride-or-die style of jeans. You might be loyal to a high-rise or favor a wide leg instead. But does it work when you put the two together? Depending on your body type, it could be the ultimate combination for you.

Skinny jeans have been officially canceled by Gen Z on TikTok, with wide-leg jeans being their distant cousin. They’re the ultimate non-skinny jeans that offer you both comfort and style.

With these jeans, you don’t have to worry about feeling like you’re being squeezed by your denim. The one thing that puts people off wide-leg jeans is the idea of how to style them. If this sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place!

Read on to find out everything you need to know about wearing high-rise wide-leg jeans, along with our answers to some of the most popular questions about this jean style.

What are high-rise wide-leg jeans?

Picture the skinny jeans that you wore as a teenager and then go in the opposite direction. These jeans not only have a full-length wide leg, but they also have a high-rise silhouette that gives them a distinctive silhouette.

High-rise wide-leg jeans have a fit above the belly button and a full-length wide legHigh-rise wide-leg jeans have a fit above the belly button and a full-length wide leg

The benefit of the high rise is that it hugs your curves in all the right places and helps to accentuate your natural figure. It tucks you in without leaving you feeling like you’ve been stuffed into jeans that are a size too small.

As fashion continues to prioritize comfort and size-inclusive silhouettes, high-rise wide-leg jeans are an almost universally flattering style.

Do high-rise and wide-leg jeans look good on taller people?

Absolutely! If you’re lucky enough to be on the taller end, you can take full advantage of this jeans style.

Do high-rise and wide-leg jeans make you look fat?

It all depends on your body type. If you’re short and curvy, you may find that this isn’t the jeans style for you. Wide legs will always create the illusion of a larger silhouette and won’t give your legs a slimmer appearance.

However, high-rise jeans will help to pull in your waist. If you carry most of your weight around your hips, you might find that these jeans will still work for you.

How to style high-rise wide-leg jeans

The good news is that there’s no shortage of styling options for your high-rise wide-leg jeans. They’re a closet staple that will help you transition your outfits from season to season.

These denim jeans work with everything from kitten heels and mules to sneakers and slides. It’s all about how you style them.

We’re rounding up a few of our favorite styling tips for wide-leg jeans to help you see how easily this style can be incorporated into your closet.

1. Sneakers and a casual t-shirt

One of our favorite ways to style high-rise wide-leg jeans is to keep it simple and casual with a white t-shirt and sneakers.

It’s a timeless look and one that is the perfect go-to when you don’t know what to wear. You can choose platform sneakers to help add an extra dimension to your look.

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2. Add an oversized blazer

You can have fun with dimensions and proportions when styling wide-leg jeans. You could choose to wear a fitted top for contrast or play up the wider silhouette by adding an oversized blazer.

The blazer and jeans combo is a classic option that can take you from a day at the office to drinks with friends.

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3. A classic button-up shirt

When in doubt, go with a button-up shirt. This shirt will help you take full advantage of the high-rise silhouette of these jeans. You can tuck in your shirt for a more defined waistline and let your jeans take center stage.

Choose a button-up shirt in a contrasting shade from your denim to help them pop. This elevated option is perfect for everyday wear as a transitional outfit.

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4. Baggy all around

Do you wish that you could just slip back into your loungewear? If you prefer a more laidback and comfortable style, look out for wide-leg jeans that have a bagger silhouette.

You can fully embrace the look by going head-to-toe with oversized silhouettes, avoiding anything too fitted. Your goal is to make it look like you stole your outfit from your boyfriend’s closet.

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5. A long trench coat

Did we mention that wide-leg jeans work for every season? They’re the perfect style to invest in if you’re looking for designer jeans. We like to style wide-leg jeans with a long coat in winter to help layer up against the cold.

You want to consider your height when using this styling tip, as your coat should finish before the hem of your jeans. You can finish your look off with low-top sneakers or Chelsea boots.

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6. A padded shoulder vest

One of the biggest trends of summer was the padded shoulder vest tee. What we love about this look is its simplicity – making it work hand-in-hand with wide-leg jeans. The padded shoulders of the sleeveless top help to balance your proportions for a more even silhouette.

This styling tip will help you get the most out of your wide-leg jeans in summer. You can throw on a blazer to help carry this look through to fall and winter.

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7. Statement knitwear

If there’s one thing we love to do with jeans, it’s to style them with another textured fabric. Knitwear is the perfect choice for the colder months and helps to add an extra dimension to your outfit.

You can keep it simple with a classic knit or go all out with an oversized baggy cable knit. We also love to use knitwear as a layering piece for a casual streetwear look with wide-leg jeans.

Tuck your knitwear into the front of these high-rise jeans and keep it baggy at the back for an effortlessly chic look.

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