10 Effortlessly Stylish High-Waist Jeans to Hide Your Post-Holiday Bloat
No diet or exercise required.
(SPOT.ph) Since making a monumental comeback in the early 2010s, high-waisted jeans have become one the most popular trends in fashion, arguably outgrowing the term "trend" and maturing into "wardrobe essential"—and we won’t sugarcoat why. Back in the 2000s, low-waist jeans were the only socially acceptable option when it came to denim pants, but truth be told, they just weren’t for everybody. For those of us who don’t resemble '90s Kate Moss, the hip-hugging silhouette of tight, low-waist pants squeeze out the extra fat around the midsection of the body like a toothpaste tube—no, seriously. That means unless you’ve got a supermodel bod, chances are low-waist just isn’t a wise pick, especially if you like to wear crop tops, bodysuits, or skin-tight tanks.
If you grew up in the (thankfully long-gone) era of low-waist jeans, then you know that the rule of thumb was always this: the lower the waistline, the more on-trend the jeans. If you ask us, our fashion philosophy goes more like this: the higher the waistline, the closer to God. And quite frankly, we’re hoping to make it into heaven. So yes, to put it simply, high-waisted jeans are the pinnacle of all that is good and holy, the culmination of years of struggling through ill-fitting trousers, and most importantly, the best option when it comes to concealing a little bit of post-holiday bloat. No shade though, we encourage you to eat to your heart’s content. Who cares how big your stomach gets? Your high-waisted jeans will always have your back. *Mic drop*
These form-flattering, high waisted jeans will hide your food baby in a flash:
Micro Elastic Jeans (P9,750) from Calvin Klein Jeans
These Calvin Klein jeans exude classic style from waist to ankle. The mid-toned blue wash, straight cut, high-waisted fit, and just-above-the-ankle length make this piece a closet-staple that will look stylish for years. They’re slim, which means they’ll flatter your figure, but also not skin-tight, so they’ll be much more forgiving compared to regular skinny jeans.
Available at Rustan's.
721 High Rise Skinny Ankle Jeans (P2,999.50) Levi’s
Levi's is an age-old favorite among denim enthusiasts—after all, they did invent the OG blue jeans back in the 1870s. These high-waisted skinny jeans from the legendary clothing company feature a form-flattering fit that hugs the curves, but loosens up slightly around the ankle, making them comfortable for moving around throughout the day and giving them an effortless elegance.
See a list of Levi's stores.
Mom-Fit Jeans (P2,295) from Mango
Mom jeans are known for their just-slouch-enough silhouette—similar to the laid-back look you get from boyfriend jeans, but with a more-tailored, figure-hugging shape that can be worn casually or dressed up with a fancy blouse. This pair from Mango is a great example. The relaxed fit around the zipper area will give you breathing room when eating while also lengthening the hip region—a good option for shorter frames since high-waisted pants can sometimes make you look shorter. Though the fit stays fairly loose from top to bottom, it tapers just a bit around the lower leg area, giving more structure to the overall silhouette.
Available at Mango stores nationwide.
Extra-High Waisted Sky-Hi Straight Raw-Edge Jeans (P2,450) from Old Navy
These jeans from Old Navy are an inch higher than the brand’s standard high-waisted jeans, so they’re a safe bet for covering the dreaded belly-button area. They feature a relaxed silhouette that hugs the waist and widens out as it goes down toward the hem. The silhouette will emphasize your shape, balance out your figure if you have a wider upper body, and keep your ankle area nice and breezy.
Barrel Leg High Jeans (P1,690) from H&M
Channel old-school '90s fashion with these Barrel Leg jeans from H&M. As their name suggests, the pants feature loosely cut legs, which stay at a consistent wide length from thigh to hem. Pair with a cute crop top and chunky sneakers to complete the vintage-inspired look.
See a list of H&M stores.
Sky High Rise Mom Jeans (P3,250) from Gap
When it comes to hiding unwanted bumps and bulges, deeper toned pieces are usually a no-fail bet—so these dark indigo, high-waisted jeans from Gap will be extra effective in covering up your food baby. The denim fabric promises no stretch, which means they’ll hold their shape over time even as you move around in them or put on just a little bit of weight. You’ll have no problem wearing the no-frills style over and over!
See a list of Gap stores.
Wide-Leg Jeans (P2,495) from Stradivarius
These wide-leg jeans from Stradivarius will make you look 10 feet tall thanks to the ankle-length cut, which should sit right over your sneakers and give the pair an effortlessly cool vibe. Plus, the ultra-high-waisted fit will hide your stomach with no worries of letting your belly button slip out when you rock a crop top.
See a list of Stradivarius stores.
Slouch Tapered Ankle Jeans (P990) from Uniqlo
In true Uniqlo fashion, these jeans are as wearable and no-nonsense as it gets with a loose but structured fit that feels both modern and timeless. The style’s slouched silhouette makes the pants breathable and comfortable to wear even when moving around—or more likely, even when eating way too much at lunch. The fit tapers around the ankle to elevate the relaxed look, giving it an understated sophistication. This pair is available in black, off-white, and three shades of denim blue—you’ll want to collect them all.
Hi-Rise Ankle-Length Damaged Mom Jeans (P2,295) from Zara
Go for a slightly edgier look with these comfy cotton jeans from Zara. The rips around the knee area and distressed hems at the ankle give the pair extra attitude, though the frays are subtle enough to keep the pair wearable and appropriate for most occasions. The pants’ structured but relaxed silhouette features a breathable fit around the thighs down to the hems while still providing definition to the waist and backside.
See a list of Zara stores.
Skinny High Waist Jeans (P1,595) from Pull&Bear
If you’re loyal to classic skin-tight skinny jeans, this high-waisted pair from Pull&Bear would be right up your alley with a stretchy fit that hugs every curve. But don’t worry, with the high-waisted fit hiding your muffin top, you can feel comfortable showing off the shape of your hip bones, waist, and legs. The pair is available in pale blue, medium blue, and black, so you’re sure to find a wash that flatters you best.
See a list of Pull&Bear stores.