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Choosing The Best Jeans for Your Body Type

Can’t decide on what rise for your jeans? We’re breaking down low, mid, and high rise denim and how to choose the right rise for the perfect style & fit.

When it comes to unspun jeans, we have three different jean rise options: high rise, mid rise, and low rise. Jean rise is important because it determines where your jeans will sit on your body, which can work for you, or against you. Choosing the wrong type of rise might have you looking disproportional. So, how do you know which one is right for you?

Jeans waist rise

The Difference Between Low, Mid, and High Rise Jeans

The rise is the distance from the top of the waistband to the seam where the crotch meets the legs of the pants. It typically ranges from 7 inches to 12 inches. It’s important because it determines where your pants sit, which in turn creates your perceived waistline. 

What Is A Low Rise?

How Many Inches Is A Low Rise? 

Low rise jeans have a measurement of 7 to 8 inches. The waistband rests near the top of your hip bones. They aren’t made to conform to the natural waist, instead, they’re made to sit well below the waist. While low rise became popular during the 60s and 70s, they made a comeback in the 2000s and most recently in 2021. 

What Is A Mid Rise?

How Many Inches Is A Mid Rise?

Mid rise is anywhere from 9 to 11 inches. It is also known as normal rise or regular rise. The waistband is meant to be worn at your natural waist. You can also think of it as resting at or just below your navel. Mid-rise jeans cover more of your lower stomach than low-rise jeans do, but not as much as high-waisted jeans cover.

What Is A High Rise?

How Many Inches Is A High Rise?

High rise is typically longer than 10 inches. High rise is also known as high waisted, and often viewed as “retro”. They feature a waistband that covers the navel and fits above the natural waist. High-rise  They were popular in the 70’s, late 80’s, and late 90’s. High-waisted eventually became known as “mom jeans” in the 2000s and continues to be popular today. 

Choosing The Right Rise For Your Jeans

Something to keep in mind is that each type of rise has a fashion vibe that goes with it. For example, low-rise jeans are trendy and vintage. Mid-rise are your everyday wear and classic. High-rise and mid rise give off a more sophisticated, mature look. 

When it comes to body types, if you’re below average height or have shorter legs, it’s not recommended to buy low rise pants as the proportions might be off. However, if you have a short torso, the waistband might make you look taller and slimmer. Athletic body types tend to rock the low rise look because they typically don’t have the curve in their hips. 

High-rise is better suited for those of below average height because it makes your legs look longer. It’s also great for tall people as it gives the illusion of a shorter torso. High rise jeans also have a waistband that curves in so it can also make curvier people feel more comfortable. Athletic body types are often paired with smaller waists, and are huge fans.  

Mid rise tends to work well for many body types, especially anyone with a slender or petite figure. Not only is it known as the most figure-friendly rise, but it’s also really compatible with almost any top length. 

Straight Leg Hem

Straight leg hem jeans run straight from the hips down to the ankle. They’re not too tight and not too relaxed. These jeans usually appear tight in the seat and thigh as opposed to around the calves. They typically have a leg opening measuring 8 inches across. Straight leg jeans were also all the rage in the late 70’s and early 90’s.

Wide Leg Hem

Wide leg jeans are relaxed in the butt, thigh, and knees. They have a generous cut that allows room for movement, and generally are very comfortable. Wide leg hem jeans don’t run straight through the legs, nor do they narrow through the legs. They lean towards a laid-back and playful aesthetic. They also look great on almost everyone. They originally became popular in the early 1990’s to the early 2010s and made a major come back in 2022. 

Skinny Jean Hem

Skinny jeans have narrow legs, and are the slimmest at your ankle. They are tight from the waist to the ankle and feature a more snug fit. The 1960’s were the golden age for skinny jeans, and were very popular in men’s fashion in 2008. They then entered mainstream fashion in 2011.

The Perfect Rise Jeans Custom Fit To You: How unspun Works

Unspun has the super power of making you a pair of jeans that fit like a glove. Before us, you had to bring your jeans to the tailor to achieve the same effect. Thanks to the face ID on your iPhone and our 3D printing technology, we save you the Google search of finding a great tailor. All you have to do is download our app, pick out your favorite style of jeans, customize them, and complete a scan with your phone. The rest of the work is on us. If your jeans don’t fit you perfectly, we’ll make you a pair that does for free.

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Can’t decide on what rise for your jeans? We’re breaking down low, mid, and high rise denim and how to choose the right rise for the perfect style & fit.

September 9, 2022
Monica Aksamit
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