High Waist Jeans are the opposite of low rise jeans. As I'm sure you know, rises in jeans are the distance from the crotch to the waistband. They can range from "high-waisted" to "super-low-rise."
Generally I tend to feel that when it comes to women's jeans, mid rises are best. Anything extreme has the potential to look unproportional at best, and often just plain ridiculous.
The photo above is from Acne Jeans. The website defines those jeans as "a tight, high waisted style with a very sexy and feminine look." I'm not so sure about that.
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