I know that I'm not alone when I say I hate jeans shopping. I'm more of a skirts or dresses person — or let's be real, I'm a black legging–pants person. I only have one other pair of jeans I *ever* wear, so when I popped into American Eagle and brought several pairs into the fitting room (mostly against my better judgment), I was blown away by their "super high-waisted" jeggings. They are for real SUPER high-waisted — like, actually-hit-above-my-belly-button high-waisted. TL;DR: I found love (amazing jeans) in a hopeless place (the denim department fitting room), and I want to shout it from the rooftops.
These babies are snug and a not-too-spandexy kind of stretchy. Made of a thick cotton-based denim, they feel way more like jeans than jeggings, so I absolutely have to do the ~skinny jeans dance~ to get them on. But when they're *actually on*, they mooooove with you and you can really dance in them! So comfy! They are super skinny through the ankle, hug in the right places without stretching out, and they even lift your booty up — 🙌. My waist-to-hips ratio (smaller waist, bigger hips) usually makes finding well-fitting jeans hard, but these never gap at the waist or back and don't get stretched out between wears (because who remembers to wash their jeans that often, amirite?).
As for length, I'm 5'4" and had to cuff the regular ones up (I happen to like the way a little cuff looks). If I wanted to wear them uncuffed, my second pair (duh, I'm totally buying another pair) would have to be the short inseam. But they offer FOUR length options, so you're bound to find the right ones for you. The rips in the knees are subtle — they don't really show when you're standing straight up — so they add a nice dose of toughness to a regular outfit without feeling like totally destroyed jeans. I kind of can't stop wearing these: to a recent birthday party (my bestie complimented my butt in these when I was waiting for my drink at the bar), out to a large lunch with my parents (the cut-in waist did not interfere with my eating capacity), or just on any old day with a baggy tee tucked in. Basically listen to Maitland: Buy these jeans and say hello to effortless dressing. —Maitland Quitmeyer
Get them from American Eagle for $41.21 (available in sizes 00–20 and in short, regular, long, and X-long lengths).