Perhaps you’ve noticed that denim styles are a little, shall we say, all over the place right now. From crop-kick flares and massive bell bottoms to the fact that every single pair of jeans these days seems to come “pre-distressed,” it’s beginning to feel like a total (acid) wash. Aren’t jeans supposed to be basic staples that we can feel okay spending $300 on because we’re going to wear them every other day for the next three years? Luckily, if you look past all the crazy stuff currently going down in the denim department, you’ll see that there’s one silhouette that is poised to endure: the high-waisted jean.
All it takes is one scroll through Instagram or a stop by your favorite fashion outpost to see that navel-grazing, waist-cinching denim is officially having a moment. But what gives this style staying power is the fact that, unlike so many things we voluntarily slip our bods into in the name of looking on-trend, high-waisted jeans are almost universally flattering. “They really hug the body in all the right places and show off the gorgeous curves on a woman’s body,” explains stylist Ali Levine. “I believe a good fitting pair of high-waisted jeans makes a woman look fabulous and put together.”