When it comes to assembling night-out looks, nothing beats using the high-rise jean as the base. It’s the most reliable piece you can wear. Cases in point: It’s ideal with crop tops, perfect for tucking in T-shirts, and well-suited for bodysuits. High-rise jeans are flattering, they elongate the legs, and there are no accidental exposures when you sit or bend over in them (which begs us to ask, why did we ever wear low-rise jeans?). Our only gripe, of course, is that many non-stretch high-rises tend to restrict and restrain.
So this season, we’re keeping high-rise jeans in full rotation for our nights out — from slim fits to straight legs to bootcuts — but opting for denim made with
LYCRA® dualFX® technology, an innovative stretch fiber blend that ensures our jeans keep their shape all day, every day. Turns out, what’s inside our jeans really does matter. Ahead, inspired by the new Joe’s Jeans Hi (Rise) Honey collection, made with LYCRA® dualFX® fabric, five R29ers tell us how they like to wear their shape-smoothing, waist-defining, and curve-hugging jeans when hitting the town after work. Whatever is penciled into your after-hours calendar — date nights, industry shindigs, or entertainment — we’ve got solid outfit ideas that’ll have you living in your high-rise denim.
“If I’m going out with my girls, a low-maintenance look that’s easy to wear into the after hours is key. This outfit — high-rise stretch skinnies that’ll hold their shape all night with a slightly cropped knit top and pink teddy coat (in case it gets cold) — hits the mark. To finish it off, I find that a low-heeled bootie is the ideal shoe for dancing and a crossbody purse the very best bag option, so I don’t have to hold onto anything except for the arms of my best gal pals.” —Isabella Alesci, associate photo editor
Joe’s Jeans The Hi (Rise) Honey Curvy Skinny, $178, available at Joe’s Jeans
Topshop Cable Knit Crop Jumper, $65, available at Topshop
H&M Faux Fur Jacket, $99, available at H&M
Vince Lanica Leather Block Heel Booties, $395, available at Bloomingdale’s Clare Vivier Midi Sac, $299, available at Clare Vivier
“I’m the kind of girl that wears jeans for
everything — and a date night is no exception. This cropped satin button-down and comfortable skinny jeans ensemble is equal parts romantic and relaxed (I just love the cool cutoff detail on the denim), plus it’s, well, totally reminiscent of my favorite decade: the ’90s. When it comes to accessorizing, a feather-trim patent-leather bag, leopard-print heeled slides, and heart-charm earrings are the perfect accents.” —Kelly Agnew, director of branded content
Joe’s Jeans The Hi (Rise) Honey Curvy Skinny, $198, available at Joe’s Jeans
DIVINE HERITAGE Deep-V Silk Blouse, $295, available at Intermix
Shashi Heart Huggie Earring, $64, available at Shashi
Chinese Laundry My Girl Slide Sandal, $59.95, available at Chinese Laundry Staud Nic Bag, $395, available at Staud
“If I have a casual soiree booked — say, a gallery opening, industry mixer, happy hour, or client dinner — I typically wear a presentable but still comfy ensemble. Lately, I’m skipping tights and wearing my maxi-dresses over slim-fit, cropped jeans with extra flexibility instead. Low-heeled pumps are a solid choice to dress up my denim, and if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll throw a cocoon coat over my shoulders. As for my bag? A straw bucket bag is perfect as an additional fall-transition piece.” —Megan West, associate creative director
Joe’s Jeans The Hi (Rise) Honey Curvy Skinny Crop, $178, available at Joe’s Jeans
Zara Snakeskin Print Tunic, $69.99, available at Zara
Ganni Ridgewood Jacket, $360, available at Ganni
COS Ballerina Heels, $175, available at COS Pamela Munson Petite Isla Bahia Basket, $240, available at Shopbop
“If I have a fun night out planned, like a concert, I tend to opt for a polished but rebellious look. A plaid longline bralette and high-rise dark-wash jeans that won’t bag or sag are the perfect pairing — you can reveal as much or as little as you’d like with a day-to-play double-breasted blazer layered on top. My bag of choice? The fanny pack. It can be worn around the waist or as a crossbody, allowing me to be totally hands free while wildin’ out.” —Paulina Canini, senior project manager.
Joe’s Jeans The Hi (Rise) Honey Curvy Skinny Ankle, $178, available at Joe’s Jeans
Fleur du Mal Prince Of Wales Checked Silk-Blend Bustier Top, $295, available at Net-A-Porter
Loeffler Randall Celeste Mid Heel Knot Slide, $350, available at Loeffler Randall
Bershka Fanny Pack With Chain, $25.9, available at Bershka & Other Stories Double Breasted Blazer, $245, available at & Other Stories
“When fall rolls around, my calendar is chock-full of dinner parties — where, tbh, extra-comfortable jeans like this bootcut style are a must. A turtleneck with charming frilly details is a good option on top, as is a classic motorcycle jacket. For me, final touches can come from bold accessories like statement hoop earrings and eye-catching mules.” —Lilac Perez, associate casting director
Joe’s Jeans The Hi (Rise) Honey Bootcut, $168, available at Joe’s Jeans
Cinq à Sept Zabrina Flare Sleeve Top, $295, available at Intermix
Madewell Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket, $498, available at Madewell
Nicole Saldaña Naomi Embroidered Heel, $365, available at Opening Ceremony Laura Lombardi Mini Curve Earring, $86, available at Laura Lombardi
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