You can call me the queen of high-rise jeans. My bio on all social media platforms (OK, only Instagram @theunbosom) says “Love: keeping it real, athleisure and hiding my mommy tummy under high-rise jeans”. What can I say? Having kids and being stretched beyond what my body could hold left me permanently dependent on high-waisted everything.
Anyways, the day I went in to try on a bunch of stuff from the Nordstrom Sale, I also grabbed every pair of jeans that said “high-rise,” especially those expensive ones that do magic and at a great sale price.
Below you’ll find all the ones I tried on, with my honest opinion. I should also mention that I tried these Frame Le Slender on. They were so bad, I didn’t even take a pic of them. I think Shana experienced the same thing. But the one review it has is great, so maybe worth a try? Other than that, all the jeans you’ll see below were the ones that were great or good enough for a mirror selfie.
Keep in mind: I’m 5′ 2″ and weigh around 118 pounds. My average size in most bottoms is 25, but sometimes I wear 24 or 26. Most jeans are too long on me so they are cuffed in. Also, even though I’m petite, my belly button is way up high, which is why I don’t do a rise of less than 10″, however, I know that 9″ is a high-rise for those petites with short torso.
Rise: 10 1/2 (size 29) Wearing: 25 TTS.
They are very soft and I definitely love the 10″ rise. AG’s are the favorite of many, and these have amazing reviews. However, they are not the best for my body. Petites beware that they are long. Even though they are supposed to be ankle length, they were really long on me. Usually when jeans are ankle length, they are a regular length on me, but as you can see I had to cuff them in.
Rise: 10″ on a size 29
Wearing: Size 25. TTS but if between sizes, I suggest sizing down. I got a pair of Frame last year, and I then regretted not going down a size.
I really love Frame jeans except for the one I didn’t get a pic of. This one is not as high-rise, but still loved it. If the size 29 has a 10″ rise, I know my size 25 should have a rise closer to 9″. I love this darker wash for the fall so much. Look how great it looks with the color of the shoes. Tall girls enjoy that pretty ankle detail because us petites would have to crop them.
Rise: 10″ on size 29
Wearing: 25 TTS.
These are more of a mid-rise. Same as the Frame above — if the size 29 has a 10″ rise, I know my size 25 should have a rise closer to 9″. I still liked them. This sale made me consider Paige jeans more. Petites —even if these are supposed to be cropped, they were very long on me.
Wearing: Started with my regular size 25, but as you saw on my Nordstrom dressing selfies it was the pair that I wore the most on the pics. By the end I felt it was looser, so I went for a size down and it’s perfect.
This is the size down, didn’t bag in the front.
My FAVORITE pair. I don’t know if it was the 11″ rise which is my favorite, or the softness, or the vintage wash. Maybe all? I just need to crop then a little bit more and they are perfect.
Rise: 11″ on size 8
Wearing: 0. Runs big so size down. Last year I got a 0 and even though I love them, I do wish I would have sized down.
Good American Jeans are really designed to flatter curves and I really like them. They are stretchy and soft. I’m not sure how they would look on a more athletic body type, but it doesn’t hurt to try, right?
This other wash is also part of the sale, however, it says it’s true to size. It could be true. I tried on another pair that’s not in the sale by mistake and for that one I definitely needed my regular size.
Wearing: 26. Smallest size available at the store but big on me. I suggest trying your regular and a size down.
The exposed buttons are amazing, and it was one of the pairs I was looking to add to my closet. See if they re-stock here for the public sale. I would probably get them straight from Madewell when they are available there.
Wearing: 25, but I would size down unless you want a boyfriend fit. These have 1% of elastane.
The reason I say to size down is because these are not 100% cotton. They have some elastane and were loose on me. Love that the wash is very similar to the Pop Rock wash I fell in love with on my 501 Levi’s guide.
Rise: 11″ on size 29
Wearing: 25 TTS
I do apologize for not checking more affordable pairs. I honestly think that one of the best purchases you can do from this sales, even if you don’t buy anything else, is a good pair of jeans. Also, my hands were already carrying many pounds of clothing already.
Now let’s get into the jeans. I loved that these [BLANKNYC] have a higher rise. Didn’t love how they fit me in the back, but they are worth a try.
Wearing: 26 (definitely size up)
I mainly checked the high-end jeans, but when I saw these I wanted to try them. They were amazing. They do run small, but wow. How long will they last? I don’t know. I used to have a great pair of flares from Zara, but they tore across my butt one day when I was playing with my then 3-year-old, and I became wary of buying more affordable jeans.
Shop High-rise Jeans from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Now let’s hang out on Instagram @theunbosom for more high-rise jeans (actually anything high-waisted) and a real and vulnerable take on postpartum body and motherhood. I’m a believer that social media shouldn’t be to document only the good things.