Why You Should Stop Buying Low Rise Jeans – The Secret to Looking Taller and Thinner

May 8, 2019

This post has been in my head for some time waiting to be written. It is one of the things I feel most strongly about as a person who loves fashion and desires other women to feel great in their clothes. Today I want to share why you should stop buying low rise jeans now. In my opinion, this is the secret to looking taller and thinner without doing anything. I am surprised at how many women I see walking around in low rise jeans. I have to be honest, they do nothing for our figures! 

Why You Should Stop Buying Low Rise Jeans – The Secret to Looking Taller and Thinner

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In the photo above, I am wearing the exact same shirt and shoes. On the left, I have on a high rise skinny jean. On the right, I have on a low rise pair. Isn’t it amazing how different my body looks by making that one change? My legs are instantly longer! My waist looks slimmer, higher, and more defined. Overall, my body is more proportional. Additionally, when you buy the right high rise jean, they help suck you in.

The Truth About Low Rise Jeans

I rarely wear my jeans as pictured above (alone with a shirt fully tucked in). I did it for the purposes of illustrating the effect of the rise. Truly, I believe that you can tell whether or not you are wearing high or low rise jeans even with a shirt that covers the top of your jeans by the way your body looks. With a lower rise, my hips are cut off at their widest part. When I sit down, my rear is not flattered. Just being real with you all. 

Tips for Buying High Rise Jeans at All Heights – How High is too High?

I am 5’10”, so a low rise jean may be higher on you than me. Conversely a high rise jean on me may be too high on you. How high is too high and is there such a thing? Yes! Honestly, you don’t want jeans that come up over your belly button. That’s not helping anyone. I would say to aim for right below with a jean that has some stretch (not too much that they stretch out). You want them to be tight enough to suck you in some but not so tight they create a skin bulge at the top. 

Pay Attention to the Rise – Find Your Pair

When purchasing, most online retailers list the rise in the description. I recommend checking this measurement. My all time favorite skinny jeans are the ones pictured on the left, Levi’s Mile High Skinny (here and here), and Madewell. The Levi’s have an almost 11 inch rise. That’s high which I love and works well for my height. Madewell, like many retailers, offers options. They have a 9 and 10 in option. As always, I also think Shopbop has a great selection of high rise jeans. For a less expensive option, I also really like Old Navy’s denim. They also offer a mid-rise (perfect if you are shorter) and a high rise. A mid-rise on someone 5’2″ is going to come up a lot higher than it would on me at almost 8 inches taller. I definitely need the one labeled high rise. Remember, it is not so much about the name of the jean but about where it hits on your body. Shop for you. Click below to shop the ones I have mentioned. 

Previous Examples of High Rise Jeans

Whether my shirt is tucked, untucked, or front tucked, all of these outfits look more polished and more flattering because my waist appears higher thanks to my jean rise. 

Full Post Here, Levi’s Mile High Jeans

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  • Reply Gen zIllineal June 11, 2021 at 6:34 am

    I disagree my bf loves them on me and loves to rub my tone tummy ^_^ he can’t do that in those granny pants πŸ‘– I know why a lot of women wear them it covers up a lot of bulge which is great but I work hard to be tone and I feel like I’m just hiding all the hours at the gym? Why would I want that. Plus I get way more attention β€œpositive” in the low rise. I never get the same compliments in the 80s granny pants I mean I wore them when they came back in trend but really felt weird with my jeans going up to my nipples Lol.

  • Reply Ela Walter May 22, 2021 at 6:39 am

    True… With High Rise Jeans, it becomes really a longer perception of us. And one thing I have understood so far is that, it is about the perception. We need to change the perception of those who see us and all these high-rise, dark colors, everything is just the game of perceptions.

  • Reply digby March 7, 2021 at 11:04 am

    To each is own – all I see is enhanced stomach area and that is not attractive. You’re either tall or not – a pair of jeans with a giant zipper across your mid-section only draws attention to that area – for those of us that get it,
    Fashion shouldn’t be all or nothing

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold March 7, 2021 at 12:40 pm

      Hello! I definitely believe fashion should be whatever you like best and you are most comfortable in. I never said it is all or nothing in this post and even point out it will be different depending on your height. I’m also not enhancing my stomach area in an unattractive way as you say though. I personally believe wearing a higher rise helps conceal and tuck in, but if you don’t feel free to wear whatever you like!

  • Reply Gretta February 13, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    I dont think you should be saying NEVER in any fashion blog or comment. Also, i am 5’1” and need a low rise. Again, NEVER is not going to work at this height. Your advise and photos dont work for everyone. Keep that in mind as you work through your style.

    • Reply Amy Ann Arnold February 13, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      Hi Gretta, I am wondering if you read my post? I actually didn’t say never anywhere and wrote a whole section about how different rises hit different people and finding the right rise for you. “A mid-rise on someone 5’2β€³ is going to come up a lot higher than it would on me at almost 8 inches taller. I definitely need the one labeled high rise. Remember, it is not so much about the name of the jean but about where it hits on your body. Shop for you.” Best of luck!

  • Reply Miley May 22, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Wow, never really tries it before. I’ll try it this weekend!!

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  • Reply Jessica May 14, 2019 at 8:51 am

    I’m sooo onboard with this one! Great tip dear. Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Gabrielle Desrosiers May 11, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I am going on safari next September can you tell me where can I buy the kaki jacket you wear with the Levi’s mile jeans

  • Reply Ashley May 9, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Amen, amen! When I go through some of my old denim and stumble across of lower-rise jeans, I’m like, “HOW. DID. I. EVER. LIKE. THESE?!” High-waisted is much more flattering AND comfy!

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