A Guide to Old Navy High Rise Denim

A bunch of you over on Instagram said you wanted a round up of my favorite Old Navy denim. Well, ladies, I am here for you! Truth: I have a love/hate relationship with denim. I love the look but often times hate the fit. This chick has got some junk in her trunk so it’s not always an easy task to find denim that 1.) fits, 2.) is flattering and 3.) I can breathe in. And, style blogger or not, even I have fallen into the trap of buying denim that doesn’t fit properly, only to later be forced to yank my pants up by the belt loops. All. Day. Long. It sucks. I hate it. And I know you hate it too. We all know that not all denim is created equal. Premium denim is all the rage right now and a lot of bloggers are focusing their attention in that direction. As much as I love a good splurge or staple piece, I have had several of you message me saying that you are rebuilding your wardrobe for a variety of reasons and need items that are budget conscious. Not everything I buy is super budget friendly, and I recognize that. I will totally rock an $80 top with Target shoes any day of the week. But, like I always say…if you only ever buy $20 pieces, you’ll start to look like 20 bucks.

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Now, with budget in mind, I turned to Old Navy. I purchased a pair of their Mid-Rise Distressed Rockstar last year. While the fit seemed great in the dressing room, I soon found myself yanking up my pants every 15 minutes in order to avoid the dreaded plumber’s crack. No bueno. So, this year I decided I wasn’t messing around and went straight for the high rise. Here are a few tips that will save you time and most importantly, your hard earned dinero (dinero means money, Mom).

#1. Buy online. Why? It’s cheaper. I ordered one size in a style of denim and wanted to compare the smaller size. So, I marched my tushy into my local Old Navy and tried on the smaller size. It fit great, so I marched my tushy up to the cash register when I discovered that this pair was $53. 50 bucks?!? REALLY? Can’t be for a pair of denim at Old Navy. I was too embarrassed to tell the clerk that no, I didn’t want them because they were more expensive than the denim I purchased online just last week. So, I handed over my credit card and immediately went to my car to check the price tag online. And guess what? Only $30 online. So what did I do? You bet your ass I bought them online and later returned my in-store purchase. Call me cheap, call me thrifty, call me whatever you want but this chick is ballin’ on a budget so every $20 helps. Keep in mind this is the same chick that buys $90 Gap denim – at 40% off – but that’s another story for another day.

#2. Buy two sizes and plan to return the pair you don’t like. It will save you time and headache in the long run. I don’t know why I ignore my own advice sometimes but I do. I am either a size 14 or a size 16 in denim at Old Navy. Each pair is different, even if they are the same style (high rise for example). It’s maddening but it is what it is…which leads me to point number three.

#3. DO. NOT. GET. HUNG. UP. ON. SIZE. Size is literally just a number on a tag inside a piece of clothing that literally nobody will ever see but you. And if it bothers you that much then cut the tag out or take a Sharpie and write in a new number. 🙂 A couple years ago, I would have returned all the 14’s that didn’t fit because I would refuse to size up to a 16. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. If the bigger size fits better, go with the bigger size. Often times, you will actually appear smaller in the clothes that fit correctly…just sayin’. #size16isnotadeathsentence

While I would have loved to order ALL the high rise styles and do a full review, it’s not in the budget. Girl’s gotta pay her mortgage, after all so here are a few of my top picks.

High-Rise Secret-Slim Pockets Rockstar Super Skinny

Wow. That is a mouthful. Woof. If you don’t read any more of this post, I want to make sure you see this first pair because they are my absolute favorite. So much so, that I am debating buying another. Why I love these: they have a ton of structure to them and don’t bag in the knee or stretch out…at all. I have worn them several days in a row (gross, but true) and not much stretching. I believe these to run a bit small in the waist and therefore sized up to a 16. I mean, I could technically get the 14 buttoned, but wouldn’t be able to breathe at all. Breathing, as it turns out, is important. Available in most all of the sizes.

High-Rise Secret-Slim Pockets Distressed Rockstar Ankle

It’s amazing that light wash denim can be so flattering. These are quite different from the above. They have a good amount of stretch to them. So much so, that I can wear them in a 16 or 14 easily. Sounds crazy but it’s true and am keeping both sizes. Fit tip: wear the smaller size with more over-sized, flowy tops and tunics, and wear the bigger size with more fitted, cropped style tops. These will stretch a good amount as you wear them, so keep that in mind when purchasing. Also available in most all of the sizes.

Mid-Rise Dark-Wash Raw-Hem Straight Ankle

Super on trend right now. You may love em or you may hate em. These are confusing because while they are under the high-rise category on the Old Navy website, the title of these says mid-rise. These are definitely a high rise, not mid-rise. These also have a good amount of stretch to them and will stretch when you wear them. Wearing in 16 below. I would try the 14, but it doesn’t look like they are available at the moment. The sizes in this girl are hit or miss, so take a look and hopefully if you like them, they have your size. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for a restock! Shown here with espadrilles to show how cute they look with wedges.

High-Rise Rockstar Built-In Scupt Skinny

Final pair. These, unlike the first pair, do have a good amount of stretch to them and will likely stretch even more throughout the day as you wear them. Wearing in 16 below but need a 14. They are bigger in the waist than the first pair and bag at the knee, so keep that in mind when deciding which pair would be best for you. Available in most all of the sizes in the darkest wash.

I sincerely hope this Old Navy high rise denim review was helpful. Any questions, please let me know!

Happy shopping and may you never have to yank your pants up by the belt loops ever again!

And remember, #size16isnotadeathsentence, #size14isnotadeathsentence, #[insert your “scary” size] isnotadeathsentence.

See ya next time.

-The Chic(ish) Chick


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