Top 5 of the week: mid-rise jeans

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Like curly hair, I have nothing against high-waisted jeans—both look great on others, but like crap on me. So I’m pleased that suddenly denim brands are offering a decent quantity of jeans with a slightly lower—but not too low—rise. This pair is really well-priced, and I like that the wash is so un-distressed.

A boyfriend-cut pair from Madewell in a nice inky black.

I own and love these, and if this wash doesn’t thrill you, it comes in 11 others.

These are on the skinnier side of the jeans I’ve posted here, but they’re less than sausage-tight, which I appreciate.

A faded out pair that has the look of jeans you’ve owned for ages.

And here’s a bonus pair: the Dre jean from Rag & Bone, which I own in a couple of washes and adore.

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20 Thoughts on Top 5 of the week: mid-rise jeans
    KT
    2 May 2022
    9:46am

    I also love a mid or low rise; I’m short waisted and a 9.5″ rise hits me right at the belly button, so the high rise trend has been killing me.

    I really love the Gap midrise Girlfriend jeans (first pic). FYI, the particular wash featured here seems to run larger (they are all pretty roomy and actually fit my large thighs) and short, so consider going up a size and getting a tall if you don’t like super cropped jeans.

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      Betsy P
      2 May 2022
      2:31pm

      Thanks for the heads up on size, etc.

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    cw
    2 May 2022
    9:15am

    First of all, CONGRATS on the 100th Everything Is Fine podcast!! I’m looking forward to the next 100!! As to jeans…since I have no waist I love a mid-rise. Love my Dre’s and plan to purchase a pair of CoH because of all the washes. I’m sorely lacking in straight up plain old dark wash jeans.

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    Beth
    3 May 2022
    6:35am

    The Dre jean truly is divine. They run a tad big. Just ordered the linked cropped version.

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    JJ
    2 May 2022
    3:17pm

    As the owner of Hips and Thighs, I am here to say the Emersons are really good! The waist is a big big on mine, so I need to wear them with a belt (or have them tailored, which I have not bothered to do). I also like my very old burgundy Dre’s, which I also had to tailor in the waist.

    For those who are looking for full length bootcuts, try the 7 For All Mankind Dojo or the AG Angel . AG Harpers are good full length straight legs with moderate rises too.

    I am so relieved to see the tyranny of the high rise start to give way. I have a short rise and most high rises look ridiculous on me.

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    Tricia
    2 May 2022
    4:56pm

    I absolutely love my COH Emerson’s. I have hips and a butt. I own them in a few washes. Just ordered the Gap jeans because they are priced so well. We will see!

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    Mimi A
    2 May 2022
    5:15pm

    Mamalaveeta I’ve found good dark washes at Kings of Indigo, the site of a Dutch jeans brand. My favorite cut there is Leila, a wide leg jean. In defense of high waist jeans: I like mid and low waists when I’m wearing something tucked in with a belt. But with a sweater worn out, the low waist band often creates a bulge, giving me the look of a tummy I don’t have. Higher waisted jeans lie flat across my stomach. I know, I know, I’m obsessively attached to my flat stomach, but no judgements, please. I’m 74 and celebrate any body parts that haven’t gone to hell. Yet.

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    Viajera
    2 May 2022
    12:17pm

    Fun post! I too like a mid rise, but I often don’t like cropped. Does anyone know, are the Gap ones cropped? (The description doesn’t say.) Jeans are a tough category for me. I don’t look great in them anyway, and I prefer bootcuts and flares, so, I am out of style pretty much. Oopsie!

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      Glitsy Gus
      12 May 2022
      10:34pm

      I whole heartedly agree. I am so not a fan of these “not pedal pushers, just sorta highwaters” crops that are happening. I am very long in the torso, which means short inseam even though I’m tall, so these just-barely-cropped pants completely stumpify me or make me look like I’m trying to wear too small clothes. The proportions are just SO BAD.

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      Viajera
      2 May 2022
      12:46pm

      oh wait, KT already answered my question … thanks!

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    Lisa
    2 May 2022
    11:44am

    I knew the horror of high rise would eventually pass. A few people look good in them but why did every single pair of pants seem to be that cut? It made me conclude fashion designers are a bunch of lemmings.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    2 May 2022
    11:47am

    I’m really long-waisted and pretty straight. I used to love a low-waisted jean, but I can’t even do a midrise anymore! – I feel like my entire *ss is hanging out! This is a post-menopause thing. And while I’m kvetching, could manufacturers make some good dark wash jeans again? Everything seems to be light. Ugh.

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    Suzanne M.
    2 May 2022
    11:48am

    I love the CoH jeans but I think I love the loafers pictured with them even more. Any ideas on brand/source?

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      Viajera
      2 May 2022
      12:11pm

      I was wondering the same thing, but their website does not give me any cookie options, so i had to close the tab. (A lot of companies are chunking the new rules. I might start keeping a list.)

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    Leanne
    9 May 2022
    4:14pm

    I am obsessive about Mother Denim mid-rise Dazzlers (the “faded out pair”). I am literally wearing a similar pair right now – though mine have a raw hem. This mid-rise style fits me best and they consistently fit well in various colors (though with Mother, you need to look at the amount of stretch as it varies by wash/color).

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