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Denim Glossary: The Jean Rise For Your Body Type

We explain the different rises and what it can do for you.
Denim Glossary: The Jean Rise For Your Body Type We explain the different rises and what it can do for you.

Rise is the distance from the middle of the crotch seam to the top of the waistband. In the world of retail, there are only three types that you should care about: the high-rise, mid-rise, and the low-rise. Before we begin, we suggest you go to your closet now and check your collection. You probably have one of each kind meant for different occasions. Why not, right? It will only be a matter of a few years before the current trend loops back, so it is basically the best clothing investment one can make. But when jeans are concerned, there is only one rule we should all agree to follow: FIT IS EVERYTHING. The brand or price should honestly be the least of your concerns because the best advice we can give you is that if it fits like a glove, there’s no need to shove. Just buy it and never ever settle for anything less. So what does the jean rise have to do with this? Scroll down.  


It’s important to know the different rises because you want a pair that’s not only well fitting but also flattering. You can play around with the styles and washes but you need to be careful with the rises and be mindful of your waist-to-hip ratio (the proportion of the circumference of the waist to that of the hips.)

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Styling: In the 1940s, the high-waisted jeans were worn by women for modesty, but today they’re often paired with cropped tops or even bralets. With your body covered from the waist down to your ankles, it makes skimping it out on the upper area acceptable, however that doesn’t mean it can only be paired with such tops.


Proportions:  Although the high-rise can make one’s gams look longer, it can also cut off your torso, so ladies be mindful of your length. Don’t worry though because whether you’re straight or curvy, you can wear this rise by either getting them skinny or loose depending on the style you want and are more comfortable wearing.

Key Note: Compared to the other rises, this type is one of the harder ones to wear.  It emphasizes certain parts of your body like your waist, your behind, your stomach, your length, your hips, and even your chest so make sure you get the right style for you. 


Styling: It’s the most versatile rise as it can be paired with almost anything. From belly baring crop tops, plain white or muscle tees, button-downs, camis, and more, know that the mid-rise can be your BFF. We like it best when the bottom is cuffed and paired with flats, sneakers, or brogues.

Proportions: Whether you’re pear shaped, apple shaped, stick thin, or as voluptuous as a soda bottle, the mid-rise can balance the top and bottom parts of your body, getting you to look your best. You can’t go wrong with investing in one.

Key Note: If you have a few wobbly bits you don’t want to world to see, then this rise will gladly conceal it for you. Remember: the mid-rise can be your go-to jean no matter what your body type is. 


Styling: The low-rise originated in the 1950s, regained popularity in the 1970s, and then came back with a vengeance in the early 2000s. Although the term “hipster” is now coined to mean something else, back then, it simply meant a type of jeans that sits on the hips. Styling is easy because you can wear it with whatever top you like both tucked or not as long as you stay away from bralets and the likes. If you want to wear a crop top, go for ones where the hem ends just right above your jeans (save showing off your full abs for the beach please).

Proportions: Not advisable for the petite women with short legs because although it will lengthen your torso, it will put stress on the real length of your gams. 

Key Note: How low is too low? Let’s just say no one wants to see your backside cleavage.


Check out our first two entries for the Denim Glossary Series: the different types of washes and the different types of cuts

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