Best Of: High-Waisted Skinny Jeans

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I typically prefer slouchy boyfriend jeans, but the current trend of high-waisted skinnies is very appealing. I like their versatility, whether you're pairing them with a muscle tee during the day or with a sexy, strappy tank, for a night out. I tried on nine pairs and here are my thoughts.

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Paige Denim Transcend Hoxton Ankle Zip Skinny Jeans, size 28 ($189)

The Waist: 1.5 inches below my belly button. 

The Jean: These are cut from a soft, stretchy fabric. The dark wash has a little bit of color gradient, but doesn't look faded. There's a zipper at the ankle, so they won't work under booties. 

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MOTHER Stunner Ankle Fray Jeans, size 28 ($196.00)

The Waist: They hit right at the navel.

The Jean: The frayed hem on the ankle and the distressed color feels current, but the button fly adds a little bulk. They're a tiny bit stiff, which gives a slightly luxe feel. 

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Topshop MOTO Blue Green Rip Jamie Jean, size 28 ($75)

The Waist: Very high-waisted, almost above my belly button. 

The Jean: The distressing is nice, but the fit goes a little "mom-jean." The cropped ankle would be good for someone on the shorter side. 

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J.Crew Point Sur Hightower Skinny Jean, size 28 ($89.99)

The Waist: A true high-waist, sits on the belly button.

The Jean: I'm not a fan of the whiskers, but you can't see the seams, which works with the dark color. They run a tad small (maybe they would stretch) and bunch at the knees and below the butt. 

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Gap 1969 Resolution True Skinny Jeans, size 28 ($69.95)

The Waist: The waist sits an inch below the belly button. 

The Jean: These are not too stretchy or too snug, but the inseam is a little long, so fabric gathers at the ankle. The minimal fading looks nice and these jeans could go day or night.

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Forever 21 High-Waisted Skinny Jeans, size 28 ($17.90)

The Waist: A true high waist, hits at the belly button.

The Jean: The color is very flat (the tone is either '80s or 2005, but either way it's dated in a bad way). It doesn't look like denim and feels more like a jegging. 

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Acne Studios Skin 5 Jeans, size 28 ($230.00)

The Waist: About 1.5 inches under belly button.

The Jean: There is little stretch, and the fabric is stiff, reminding me of classic Wranglers. They hold thighs tightly and the ankles have a tiny outward flare.

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Madewell 9" High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans in Bristol Wash, size 28 ($135)

The Waist: Sits two inches below belly button and is higher in the back than the front.

The Jean: The fade and distressing feel almost boyfriend-y and there is a little stretch.  I really like the way the jeans hug the butt and are narrow in the hips.

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Blank Denim High Rise Skinny Jeans, size 28 ($78)

The Waist: Very high-waisted and hits directly above the belly button. 

The Jean: These jeans are slightly slouchy, with skinny ankles and dramatic gold stitching. The front lays flat and the pockets are fake, so there's no excess bulk. 

p.s. The best of Boyfriend Jeans, Black Blazers, White V-Necks