Low-rise jeans may be having a (controversial) comeback, but for those who want to forget they ever happened, the best mid-rise jeans are unquestionably more versatile and just as in style. Sometimes referred to as regular rise, they’re not too low but don’t cover your belly button like high-waist jeans; instead they sit right below your navel. Read “They’re comfortable enough for all day, everyday wear.”
With a rise typically between 9 and 11 inches (measured from crotch seam to top of the waistband), mid-rise jeans are classic and flattering for all body types (of course, jeans fit differently on everyone, so be sure to check the product descriptions and measurements). They also conveniently go with all kinds of tops, blazers, sweaters, and T-shirts, giving you the option to leave them tucked or untucked.
Because we know jeans shopping can be overwhelming, we did some of the legwork combing through our favorite retailers and brands to help you find your perfect pair. We asked our most stylish fashion friends and editors for their tried-and-true recommendations. (Trust us: Between all of these gals, they’ve wear-tested a ton of denim so they know the best jeans for women.) The options cover various cuts and jeans styles from mom jeans to stretchy skinny jeans with tummy control to trendy wide-leg designs and vintage-inspired straight ankle jeans, as well as denim proportioned for petites, plus-size, and curvy figures.