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15 Best Men’s High-Waisted Pants 2024: Raise Your Trouser Game

Take five seconds to survey the menswear landscape, and you’ll notice a dramatic rising of the belt line. In 2024, men’s high-waisted pants seem to be the only kind of pants worth shimmying into. The style can be intimidating, sure (and not the least bit confusing—don’t stress about it too much, but low-rise pants are also sort of back). Worn properly, though, the right pair of high-waisted pants has the uncanny ability to up the sex appeal on just about anything you wear ’em with.


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High-waisted trousers look especially graceful when complemented by roomy, retro silhouettes up top (think Miles Davis in tropical wool dress pants and a slouchy polo sweater). But they’re also a perfect accent to cropped jackets like truckers and bombers, which makes a lot of sense; in chino form, they’ve been standard issue for the military since forever.

The style isn’t limited to wider silhouettes, either. High-rise pants are also very ready to party as flared jeans (just add a silky shirt to the mix). And if that vibe feels too Boogie Nights, you can always fall back on the most legendary star in the denim galaxy: yes, the game-changing 501, now over 150 years old, boasts a waist-level design that remains as influential as ever—tuck in your favorite plain white T-shirt and you’re good to go. Point is, there’s a pair of men’s high-waisted pants for just about every closet, and the best of ‘em are immediately below.


The Best High-Waisted Chinos

We’re (still) not done singing the praises of J.Crew’s Giant-fit chinos. As the name implies, they’re wide, but these viral biz-cas trousers mostly just fit like chinos from the ’50s. So while the billowy leg gets all the attention, they also come with a properly high waist that reaches toward the natural waist—just around the belly button. The fabric is sturdy-yet-soft, they come in all the earth-tones you could want, and they look just as good with a white tee as they do with a sweater or an oxford.

The Best High-Waisted Work Pants

Aside from a classic pair of blue jeans, the Dickies 874 work pants are about as versatile as it gets. They’re tough enough for hard labor, but a crisp(er) pair is dressy enough to hold their own at a formal event. A huge part of that comes down to the cut, which features a damn-near perfect straight leg and a classic (re: higher) rise. If you’re still not sold, they come in a ton of colors and shouldn’t run you more than $50, which means that you can snag one for work and another for play.

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Levi’s

565 ’97 Loose Straight Leg Jeans

The ‘90s was a time for endless style inspiration, and much of that is thanks to some huge jeans. You could spend precious hours searching for the right vintage pair, but Levi’s has the exact fit you’re looking for in the 565 ’97 Loose Straight jeans. But if you come for the volume, you should stay for the rise, which climbs higher than the 501 STF jeans, and most others for that matter. Not only does this make for flattering proportions, it also elevates the back pockets to intended heights (re: at the butt). And for those that don’t particularly enjoy the ancillary activities required to make a pair of raw denim sing, these come tastefully faded out of the box.

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Banana Republic

Signature Italian Hopsack Wide-Leg Pant

If you haven’t noticed by now, we don’t mind splitting a suit up. At all. Especially when the trousers look as good as these high-rise, wide-leg, double-pleated ones from Banana Republic do. Made with a wool hopsack fabric from Reda Mill in Italy, they’re as dressy as anything without a tuxedo stripe and gracefully avoid the stuffiness that slimmer pants have. Oh, and if you wear it with the matching jacket, they’ll be formal enough for (roughly) 98% of all formal functions.

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While most pants have their virtues, these pants from The Row are basically 100% virtues. The rise is such that it targets the belly button with surgical precision; they can accommodate a belt beautifully but also look fantastic without; the deep pleats flow effortlessly into the creased front, and the tacked cuffs are a nice bit of punctuation at the bottom. Are they worth the price of admission. Die hard fans of the Olsen twins will say yes. But even if you can’t get your hands on these arguably perfect pants, you can at least snap a photo when you see them IRL.

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Casatlantic gained traction with menswear nerds for their brilliant renditions of classic menswear staples—and what fueled their rocket to the top was their range of sky-high trousers. While you really can’t miss with any one of their offerings, the Mogador’s are a perfect in-between if you’re looking to step up from J.Crew, but don’t want to wade too far out into pricey waters. Specs-wise, they’re single-pleated with a straight leg, and they boast a healthy rise and handy-ass side-tabs that allow you to cinch the waist down an inch-and-a-half without a belt. Or, more succinctly, in a line of classics, these are as classic as they come.


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Buck Mason

Japanese Loomstate Selvedge Full Saddle Jeans

If you’re a denim nerd, you know that loomstate Japanese selvedge denim is hard to come by. If you’re not a denim nerd, just know these are an incredible find regardless of price.

Madewell

Cotton-Hemp Blend Pleated Trousers

There are few pants that will unlock a summer wardrobe like these high-rise, single-pleated, gloriously-proportioned ones from Madewell. They’re as laid back as your most absurd vacation shirt, as classic as your favorite knit polo, and as refined as the matching jacket, which means they pretty much go with everything.

Wrangler

13MWZ Cowboy Cut Original Fit Jean

A bootcut leg isn’t the only thing that cowboys require from a pair of dungarees. They also need a high rise to ensure their shirts stay tucked ripping around the ranch or getting tossed around in a rodeo. Wrangler’s 13MWZ is the quintessential cowboy jean, and they also look just as great strolling downtown streets with a pair of swanky loafers and a silky shirt, far, far away from any ranch.

Buzz Rickson

Buzz Rickson X William Gibson Chinos

Okay, if you want to get really serious about authenticity, Buzz Rickson is the brand to shop. Their acute attention to detail puts them in the upper echelons of Japanese brands, but one of the few exceptions are these pitch black chinos which are a collaboration with the esteemed author William Gibson. They’re as close as you can get to a pair of vintage chinos from the 1940s without the vintage smell.

Kaptain Sunshine

These were made with a springy linen fabric that’ll stay breezy during just about any summer wedding, but also look great on a normal night out. In other words, suiting trousers that, once again, require no jacket.

Beams Plus

Mil 6 Pockets Straight-Leg Trousers

Cargo pants might look better with a higher rise, and these ones from Beams Plus—which riff on vintage military designs and are made of a summer-friendly cotton ripstop fabric—are some of the best.

Todd Snyder

Japanese Relaxed Fit Selvedge Chino

High rise, full leg, can’t lose.

Dries Van Noten

First of all, we’re bummed that Dries is leaving. Second of all, yes, these are very big pants. And yes, they might be the best of the very big pants.

Kapital

Katsuragi Port Baggy Pants

The rise on these insane Kapital pants is like the third thing people will notice. But it’s undoubtedly there and it definitely doesn’t impact their status as incredible pants or their ability to make a simple white tee outfit go nuclear.

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