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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.