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Seven Easy Tips For Conquering High-Waisted Jeans

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"As someone who's not straight up and down on the bottom, it can be really hard to find jeans that don't gape in the back. High-waisted jeans, especially ones with some stretch, solve that problem because they fit at my waist and hug my curvier parts without being too tight. Plus, they make my short legs look way longer than they actually are." - Hanna Howard, Fashion Credits Assistant

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"I used to work for a celebrity stylist whose clients had wildly different body types, but she still put each of them in this pair of jeans. I wasn't really a fan of high-waisted pairs before that, but then I'd pick up an US Weekly and see one of our clients looking unusually trim and tall, and the proof was in the photos. When jeans start at your natural waist and go all the way to a floor-grazing hem, they make your legs look so much longer. (I now own these in three different washes.)" - Natalie Matthews, Digital Fashion Writer

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"I'm really good at shrinking my shirts. And so is my cleaner. So high-waisted jeans are good for when you accidentally turn your favorite new tee into a crop top." - Hillary McDaniels, Digital Production Assistant
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"Wide-leg, high-rise jeans give you an instant tummy tuck and, when worn with heels, make your legs look a mile long. I like wearing mine with a slouchy tank or a silky, blousy top for a slightly relaxed '70s look." - Joane Amay, Senior Fashion Credits Editor

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"I love high-waisted jeans—they always make me feel so tall and lean! A high-waisted skinny jean with an oversized boyfriend tee half-tucked in is a definite go-to. Beware of the back pockets, they can make the tush look big if placed too high!" - Lisa Goldstein, Fashion Market Assistant

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"I love love love my high-waisted jeans. They're cute, feminine, awesomely throwback and really, really flattering. Skinny cuts are great with boxy crop tanks for just the right sliver of stomach, and I love tucking silky button-downs into '70s-style high-rise flares.
These are super-fitted, the perfect wash and so, so affordable." - Jenna Gottlieb, Senior Fashion Writer
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"I love Cheap Monday's high-waisted black jeans. They basically go with anything, day or night.  The black is very slimming and the high waist eliminates any muffin tops from popping up." - Meredith Hubley, Contributing Fashion Assistant

High-waisted denim may seem a bit daunting at first, but once you warm up to it, there's really nothing to be afraid of. If you find yourself eyeing a pair the next time you're out shopping, but aren't quite sure what to do, just follow these simple tips from our editors.

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