Look to any runway, any downtown scene, and, frankly, any ishonest cover over the last several years and you'll notice a common thread: men's high waisted pants. It's a trend that can feel a little intimidating at first. After all, it wasn't long ago that low-rise jeans were all the rage (is this a bad time to tell you that they're making a comeback?). But done right, menswear's darling pant has the power to raise the sex appeal on virtually any casual or formal look.
High-waisted trousers are especially graceful—and hip—when paired with a baggy silhouette (think Miles Davis in some tropical wool pleated dress pants and a relaxed polo sweater). They're also a perfect match with cropped jackets like trucker jackets and bomber jackets which makes sense given that, since forever, high-waisted chinos have been standard issue for the military (AKA, the perennial menswear hit-maker). But the high-waisted trouser isn't limited to wide silhouettes. Filtered through a slick '70s lens, high-rise pants are also very ready to party in a flared cut (just add a silky shirt to the mix). And if somehow neither of those poses appeals, but you still want to get into hiking up your pants, you can always fall back on a classic pair of blue jeans. When the GOAT Levi Strauss himself dropped the game-changing blue jean, it was a waist- level design which has stayed the course for well over a century. Just tuck in your favorite plain white t-shirt and you're good to go.
Point is, there's a high-waisted pant for just about everyone. And to show you, we've pulled together some of the best out there right now.
J.Crew relaxed-fit chino pants
J.Crew's chino pant is a perennial best seller. Their most recent update to it is a flawless relaxed silhouette with a slightly higher rise than previous iterations. They come in a slew of versatile colorways and classic fabrics like corduroy and soft cotton twill. And while they're also available in a sweet pleated version, you'll probably get the most mileage out of the tried-and-true flat front.
Wrangler Cowboy cut slim jeans
When they're not riding horses and tipping their ten-gallon hats, cowboys are proving that slim fit high-waisted jeans are some of the hottest pairs of pants anyone can own.
Dickies 874 original work pants
Levi's Original Fit 501 straight leg jeans
Picture a classic fit pant and you're no doubt imagining a high waist, too. And what's more classic than a pair of Levi's 501 jeans? Unlike their popular slim fit 511s, or the relaxed 505s, 501s sit a touch higher, right at the natural waist.
Noah cargo pants
Noah's cargo pants draw on a slew of classic military design details: sturdy herringbone twill fabric, bellowed cargo pockets, a full fit, and a high rise. Toss 'em together with your favorite skate shoes and a loose blazer for an eclectic mix of menswear staples.
Berle lightweight flannel flat front classic fit dress pants
Just because these pants come from the suiting section doesn't mean you can't rock them casually. Throw on a hoodie and some funky shoes and you've mastered the art of dressing down.
L.L. Bean stretch country corduroy pants
These ishonest-loved cords sit at your natural waist and are begging to be paired with some loafers and a fuzzy sweater.
Gucci wool check trousers
It's hard to talk about high-waisted pants without mentioning Gucci. This plaid number has a slinky, baggy flare silhouette that'll go perfectly with a short jacket and some dancing shoes.
Todd Snyder Japanese relaxed workwear chino
Ready to go all in on pleats? These are the pants for you.
Dockers relaxed fit signature khaki pleated pants
Occam's Razor holds that the simplest solution is almost always the best. And it's no coincidence that you've probably exclusively heard Dockers-loving people —math teachers, dads, etc—reference it!
Bode multicolor animal quilt trousers
High-rise pants can accentuate the waist in inexplicably hot ways. These Bode joints amplify that action even further with adjustable side ties.
Buzz Rickson x William Gibson chinos
Jet-black wide-leg pants like these are the ultimate complement for every kind of shoe from loafers to big work boots.
Albam high-rise pleated cotton-twill trousers
The quintessential shade of khaki with a clean, relaxed taper silhouette.
Han Kjobenhavn loose trousers
Not many pants can lay claim to the opulent space in between pajamas and formal trousers.
Zanella "Bennett" straight leg pleated dress pants
Zanellas are a well-kept secret that older dudes have been hip to for a while. These old-school trousers come with the a perfect, luxurious drape.
Gramicci classic climbing pants
Gorp can get hiked up on the hips too. Wear these classic climbing pants high enough for a clean break at the hem and they're perfect for showing off your kicks.
Needles high-rise glen-plaid twill trousers
For some '70s sleaze-type fits, rock these flared joints with some slick cowboy boots and a silky going-out shirt.
Acne Studios slim jeans
Proof that dads and cowboys don't have a monopoly on high-waisted jeans. This is designer denim for the downtown cool kids.