I Tried the "Ribcage" Jeans NYC Girls Are Obsessing Over

Rixo's dotty Gio dress, Chloé's C bag, Zara's “floss" sandals… These are just a few of the would-be cult items that we introduced to you ahead of the hype this season.

And, dear reader, we're about to tip you off to another piece that's poised to hit the sartorial big time.

Over the past couple weeks, we couldn't help but notice that one particular item has been quietly cropping up all over our Instagram feeds. As you've likely deduced by the title of this article, the item is indeed a pair of jeans—Levi's Ribcage jeans, to be precise. What makes them so special? We're glad you asked—we decided to do a little digging into the matter, and let's just say we think they're about to give every jean that came before them a run for their money.

Boasting Levi's highest-ever rise—a whole 12 inches—the Ribcage is specifically designed to whittle the waist while defining your hips and bum to peachy perfection. The inspiration for them came from the likes of Katherine Hepburn (who kept the waistlines of her trousers high during the 1930s) and the sartorially savvy women who buy the brand's vintage 501s and tailor them themselves to create a slimming jean silhouette. So if the illusion of longer legs and a defined waistline is what you seek, look no further…

New they may be, but they've already amassed quite the cult following—including one of Who What Wear's Stateside editors. Keep scrolling to see how the fashion pack are wearing their Levi's Ribcage jeans, and then shop your favourite below.

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