High-waisted jeans have a bad—and may we say unfair—reputation. While they are comfortable (when made with a small percentage of magical elastane), the main issue people have with them is that—real talk—they make your butt look bigger. First, there's nothing wrong with that, and second, it's not entirely true. While jeans of the high-waisted variety definitely accentuate the derrière, they do so in the most tasteful of ways. Of course, though, like any tricky trend, it's all about how you wear it.
As jeans are a constant in any fashion lover's wardrobe, we scoured the best street style pictures to prove just how wearable this much-maligned denim piece is. From pairing with a simple graphic tee and trench to a more tailored approach, there are plenty of high-waisted jean ensembles that will prove this is easily the most flattering shape out there. Click through our gallery for nine incredible looks, and find out where to shop our favourite high-waisted jeans right now.
Style Notes: Olivia Palermo wore this double-denim outfit earlier this year during Paris Fashion Week in October, and we still can't get it out of our heads. The tailored style is the way to do high-waisted jeans for the office.
Style Notes: Model Edie Campbell proves once again that she's super cool with this high-waisted look. The ensemble is simple, but it still packs a punch thanks to the bold red shirt and the oversize leather jacket—definitely one for rock chicks and fans of the '80s trend.