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Your Ultimate Guide to Levi's Ribcage Jeans

CEO Tinh Phung
Levi's has always been my go-to brand for jeans. While I do have a soft spot for higher-end brands, like MOTHER, when it comes to new styles and washes, Levi's is always my first choice....

Levi's has always been my go-to brand for jeans. While I do have a soft spot for higher-end brands, like MOTHER, when it comes to new styles and washes, Levi's is always my first choice. Not only are they affordable, but they also have a strong commitment to sustainability. In fact, they are one of my favorite brands to feature on The Mom Edit's Sustainable Style list.

Last year, I decided to venture out and try the now-famous "Ribcage" jean. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

All About the High-Rise

In a previous post, I expressed my love for the vintage fit of the Levi's 501 and Wedgie jeans. However, there was always one thing missing for me: a higher rise. The 501 and Wedgie styles didn't quite come up to my belly button, which I found a little frustrating.

But here's the thing: a super high-rise is not for everyone. It all depends on your body proportions, personal style, and how you prefer to showcase or cover your body. I recently did a personal style study with a friend, and one of her biggest frustrations was finding jeans with the right rise. She had always stuck to low-rise jeans, afraid of trying a higher rise. But after our session, she bravely tried on a pair of high-rise jeans and was amazed at how great they looked on her. She even sent me selfies proudly declaring, "You've converted me!"

So unless you're absolutely certain that you have a short torso, I encourage you to give a higher-rise jean a try. And a great place to start is with Levi's Ribcage jeans.

What Makes Levi's Ribcage Jeans Special?

Now, if you're reading this post, I know you either already love Levi's or you're intrigued by the term "Ribcage." Well, let's dive right into it!

Levi's Ribcage Jeans Rise: The standout feature of Levi's Ribcage jeans is the rise. It measures around 11"-12", depending on the size. To put it into perspective, the average high-rise jean has a rise of 10". However, keep in mind that individuals with shorter torsos may feel more comfortable in jeans with a shorter rise, around 9".

Levi's Ribcage Jeans Fabric Composition: These jeans are made from 99% cotton and 1% elastane. I haven't come across a 100% cotton version of this style, and I believe the 1% elastane is necessary for the higher rise. It gives the jeans the feel of real denim while also allowing for a bit of stretch. If you're used to very stretchy denim, they may feel less stretchy, but as someone who frequently wears 100% cotton denim, I can attest to the slight difference that just 1% elastane makes.

Levi's Ribcage Jeans Sizing: It's best to opt for a snug fit when getting these jeans, meaning go for your true size. Many people mistakenly size up and find that the jeans become too big. While the jeans will give with wear, they don't stretch as much as 100% cotton jeans. As for the length, I personally always expect jeans to be long on me, so I'm accustomed to cropping them or leaving a raw hem, just like I did with mine.

The Levi's Ribcage Jeans Styles I've Tried

Ribcage Bootcut

Levi's Ribcage Bootcut Levi's Ribcage Bootcut - Image Source: Shop Mr Katin

I've been wearing the Levi's Ribcage Bootcut since last fall, and it's quickly become one of my favorite pairs. The leg opening measures around 20", which falls between a bootcut and a full flare. This style is perfect for those who want a more subtle flare without going overboard. Bootcut jeans are a wardrobe staple that I believe everyone should have. While you may not wear them every day, they offer a refreshing break from skinny jeans. As a petite person, I love how bootcut jeans make my legs appear longer and give me a taller overall silhouette.

Levi's Ribcage Ankle Straight

Sweater l Free People Boots

The Levi's Ribcage Ankle Straight is the most common style in the Ribcage collection. It's available in various washes, distressed and non-distressed. In the picture above, I'm squeezing into a pair to give you an idea of the fit. However, I've since gained weight and need to size up. Nevertheless, I've enjoyed wearing these jeans. Despite being labeled as ankle length, they tend to run long on me due to my petite frame. But I don't mind cuffing them a bit; it adds a cool touch to the overall look.

Levi's Ribcage Jeans vs. Levi's 501: The Rise Difference

While I do love my 501 jeans, I personally prefer the higher rise of Levi's Ribcage jeans. Given my body proportions and personal style, I find that the higher rise balances out my long torso and shorter legs. Plus, I love how the Ribcage jeans enhance the shape of my bum, giving it a rounder and more perky appearance. However, that's not to say I don't still appreciate my 501s—they hold a special place in my heart.

Everlane Turtleneck (Rust) l Ribcage Bootcut/Flare l Free People Boots l Rebecca Minkoff Bag (on sale)

Would you be willing to give the higher rise a try?

PS. If you notice a color difference in the Ribcage Flared jeans, it's because I dyed them to match my wardrobe better. Blame it on color analysis, haha.

Shop Levi's Ribcage Jeans

Below you'll find a selection of Levi's Ribcage jeans in all their washes. Happy shopping!

Besos, Julieta

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