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5 Ways to Style Levi’s Ribcage Jeans

5 Ways to Style Levi’s Ribcage Jeans

Okay, so gen Z hating on skinny jeans is totally not the reason why I’m into the Levi’s ribcage jeans right now.

I’m still a skinny jean lover, but lately I’ve just been loving the freedom of not having my legs constricted by fabric.

It’s not all about what gen Z wants, okay?!

The Levi’s ribcage jeans are also super flattering, even if you’ve got a petite body like I do!

Anyway, if you’re here, you’re probably into the Levi’s ribcage jeans too.

Here’s how to style and wear the Levi’s ribcage jeans, as well as my review!

What are ribcage jeans?

Ribcage jeans are the highest rises of Levi’s denim, and they’ve got a slim fit on the hips and thighs with a straight leg.

Since they have a super high waist and cropped length, they’re flattering on petite women as well!

Here are the basic features of the Levi’s ribcage jeans:

  • Fitted through the hip and thigh
  • Ultra high rise with 12″ front rise
  • Straight leg has 17″ leg opening, bootcut leg has 19.5″ leg opening
  • Materials: 99% cotton and 1% elastane, heavyweight denim with light stretch
  • Button fly

They’re also sustainably made, so you can feel good supporting eco-friendly fashion.

Where to buy Levi’s ribcage jeans


You can shop ribcage jeans on the Levi’s website, and there are plus sizes available as well.

In the straight ankle fit, you can find these colourways, which I’ve ordered from light to dark wash:

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There’s also a bootcut fit, and it comes in these colourways:

Amazon Canada

Levi’s is actually one of my favourite clothing brands on Amazon Canada to shop!

The ribcage jeans are also available on Amazon Canada, however the material is 85.5% cotton, 13.5% polyester, and 1% elastane, rather than just cotton and elastane.

On Amazon Canada, you can shop these colourways:


You can also shop the Levi’s ribcage on Revolve, and you can find it in these colourways:

Levi’s ribcage jeans sizing

I’m normally a size 26 in bottoms, and the size 26 Levi’s ribcage jeans fit me perfectly.

There’s a little bit of stretch to the denim, so you don’t have to be too worried if your weight fluctuates a bit (or if you stuff yourself with a few too many tacos).

Levi’s wedgie jeans are actually the only ones I have to size up for – I wear a size 27!

As with all Levi’s denim, I would recommend trying the ribcage jeans on before purchasing them.

Outfit ideas with the Levi’s ribcage jeans

Now onto the fun part: here’s how to style Levi’s ribcage jeans!

Spring outfit - grey Zara coat, white Aritzia tee, Levi's ribcage denim
Top: Aritzia (similar from Nordstrom) | Coat: Zara (similar from Nordstrom) | Denim: Levi’s (gifted from Amazon Canada) | Shoes: Vans

1. Simple tee

Tbh you can never go wrong with a simple white tee and jeans as an outfit.

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And with such a high rise, you can tuck your t-shirt into your denim without having to worry about it moving around and untucking itself.

Does anyone remember the struggle of tucking shirts into low rise jeans? Awful.

My white tee is an old one from Aritzia, but you can find a similar one from Nordstrom.

I threw on a long grey coat ’cause spring, but I’ll totally rock this look jacket-free once the weather warms up.

The coat is a few seasons old from Zara, but you can find a similar one from Nordstrom!

Spring outfit - Urban Outfitters chunky cardigan, Brandy Melville Canada striped t-shirt, Levi's ribcage jeans
Jewelry: Chupi (gifted) | Top: Brandy Melville (similar from Nordstrom) | Cardigan: Urban Outfitters (similar from Nordstrom) | Denim: Levi’s (gifted from Amazon Canada) | Shoes: Converse (gifted)

2. Crop top

Crop tops were literally made to be worn with high waisted jeans, and the ultra high rise of the ribcage jeans are perfect for even the tiniest of crop tops.

If the crop top on its own is too risqué for you, throw on an oversized and chunky cardigan to make it more conservative!

My crop top is from Brandy Melville (similar from Nordstrom) and my cardigan is from Urban Outfitters (similar from Nordstrom).

I also wore my trusty white Chucks (which are more of a dirty ivory now) to match my ivory colour of my cardigan.

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Jewelry: Michael Hill (gifted) | Top: Amazon (gifted, similar from Nordstrom) | Denim: Levi’s (gifted from Amazon Canada) | Shoes: Vans

3. Oversized sweater

Style your Levi’s ribcage jeans with a slightly or oversized sweater and tuck the front into your denim.

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You’ve gotta accentuate dat high rise, ya know?

I absolutely adore the cropped ankle, ’cause it means I can wear sneakers without having to fold the hem or worry about stepping on it.

I’m wearing my Vans Old Skool sneakers which are cute, but so not meant for walking (blisters after an hour of walking – no thanks).

My green sweater is from Amazon (sold out), and you can find sweaters in similar shades from Nordstrom and Topshop!

Spring outfit - Brandy Melville Canada striped t-shirt, Levi's cropped denim jacket, Levi's ribcage jeans
Jewelry: Chupi (gifted) | Top: Brandy Melville (similar from Nordstrom) | Jacket: Levi’s (similar from Nordstrom) | Denim: Levi’s (gifted from Amazon Canada) | Shoes: Converse (gifted)

4. Denim jacket

I love me a good denim on denim look, and a cropped denim jacket goes super cute with the Levi’s ribcage jeans.

I got my denim jacket years ago from Levi’s so it isn’t available anymore, but you can find a similar cropped one from Levi’s on Nordstrom!

My crop top is from Brandy Melville, and you can find a similar one from Madewell on Nordstrom.

Mix and match the shades of denim unless you want to give off dad vibes.

I always prefer wearing the lighter denim on top and the darker denim on the bottom!

For my sneakers, I’m wearing my go-to white Converse sneakers.

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Top: Aritzia (similar from Nordstrom) | Jacket: Rudsak (similar from Nordstrom) | Denim: Levi’s (gifted from Amazon Canada) | Shoes: Vans

5. Moto jacket

Moto jackets just make any outfit look instantly cooler, and they look great with the ribcage jeans.

Cropped, regular, or oversized – any moto jacket works great!

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I’m wearing a moto jacket from the Canadian brand Rudsak, as well as my trusty old school Vans sneakers.

Levi’s actually sells jackets as well, and you can find a similar faux leather jacket from them!

How to wear Levi’s ribcage jeans:

  1. Simple tee
  2. Crop top
  3. Oversized sweater
  4. Denim jacket
  5. Moto jacket

That was my little review, as well as some outfit ideas to help you out!

Would you wear the Levi’s ribcage jeans? How would you style them? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on how to wear high waisted jeans, or any of my other fashion posts.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

How to style Levi's ribcage jeans