High-waisted denim review: Blank NYC, Free People and Levi’s

See the fit and feel of three popular picks before you buy.

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After nine months of mumus and maternity leggings, I was itching to don some flattering denim once I could see a hint of my waistline again. South Moon Under carries several top brands (including my regular go-tos) so you can order all your favorites from one shop.

Now through October 20, it’s even offering 20% off plus free shipping and returns for its special denim event.

Being postpartum, I compared a few high-waisted pairs to see which one could best slim my silhouette and keep me comfy while I adjust to life with my newborn.

Denim review

While each pair is obviously different, all three are $98 on South Moon Under’s site. While Free People, Blank NYC and Levi’s are all highly rated brands, I tried each to see which had the best fit, stretch and shape.

’70s-inspired unexpected detailing: Free People We the Free Lovers Knot Hi Rise Lace Up Jean

With a wide waistband, these are flattering from the back — most FP jeans are super high-rise and give your behind a nice lift. I also loved the muted dark wash and large back pockets. I’m pretty picky with denim washes, and don’t like when they’re too blue or bright, so this pair was perfect.

Front lace-up detail on We the Free jeans
Side view of We the Free jeans
Back view of We the Free jeans

However, I wish they were just a bit more of a skinny fit around the ankle.

And as much as I love the vintage lace-up detail, it gapped in the waist unless I tied it super tight. I’d recommend going up a size if you choose this pair, and possibly wearing a bodysuit underneath if you don’t want your skin to show through the laces.

Versatile staple: Blank NYC The Great Jones Hi Rise Skinny Jean in Counterculture

A good everyday jean is hard to find, and this pair is a great option. It’s made of super-soft, stretchy denim that hugs your body. I love how comfy these are — and the dark wash and raw hem make them look anything but basic.

Blank NYC jeans

However, they aren’t as high in the back as I’d have liked, and they squished my butt a bit. I’d probably wear these just for hanging out or running errands.

On-trend black snakeskin: Levi’s Mile High Super Skinny Jean in Black Snake Foil

As someone who lives for ultra-black jeans, I was the most excited for this pair. Slightly cropped and with just a little stretch, I think these fit me the best and were the most flattering of the three.

And the subtle snake foil detail wasn’t too much. From a distance, they just have a slight sheen and texture to them. I’d wear these with an oversize shrug or drapey sweater and booties to stay comfy yet chic this winter.

Back view of woman wearing Levi's black snake foil print jeans
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