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Burning question: Where can I find high-waisted jeans for men that are fashionable but not too “fashion”? I recently discovered one of the many secrets women keep from us: High-waisted jeans are comfortable and flattering. But I’m having a really hard time finding a good, affordable pair for men. Most of the pairs I see are either super dad or supermodel. I found the Levi’s Vintage Clothing 1969 606 jean to be a really good height, but would prefer something slimmer, but not too skinny like Cheap Mondays. Any leads?
High-waisted pants for men are definitely … on the rise. (Had to). They’ve been spotted on recent runways of Haider Ackermann, Fendi, Kenzo, Dries Van Noten, and even Rick Owens, too, has done his own Rick Owens version. But the average man these days isn’t wearing designer trousers, he’s wearing jeans. So it’s only natural that the trend has trickled down to you and your denim needs.
The solutions to your problem are out there, specifically, a little further down in this very post, but first, I need to clarify one thing. As explained to me by David Schuck, the raw-denim expert who runs the raw-denim website Heddels, this style for men is called high-rise, not high-waisted. The rise of a jean refers to the measurement, in inches, between the bottom of the crotch and the top of the waist, so that’s what we’ll focus on as we move along and decide on the best jeans.
Nudie Jeans, a favorite among raw-denim-heads (whom you can read all about in our other post on raw denim), makes this straight-leg pair with a ten-inch rise.
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