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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See Post Here, Levi’s Mile High Jeans

Full Post Here, Free People Jeans

See Post Here, Madewell Jeans

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  • Reply The Fashion Folks May 9, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I think high rise jeans are much more comfy!! I only wear that style, even for boyfriend jeans! Xx


  • Reply Amber May 8, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Loving this post! You are so right that high-rise jeans are much more flattering than low rise. Sometimes I shake my head at what trends come and go…I also hope high-rise jeans stick around!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!



  • Reply Laura May 8, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I stopped buying low rise jeans years ago. I hope they never popular again! I far prefer mid-rise and am dabbling int eh high rise jeans, too!

  • Reply Cheryl Shops May 8, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    This is so timely—I actually just got rid of all of my low-rise jeans after realizing I hadn’t worn them in years! How did we put up with them for so long? Not only are they not the most flattering, they were constantly falling down! Good riddance to low rise!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Reply Ruth May 8, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    I absolutely LOVE high rise jeans. They suck everything in and make my short legs look taller!


  • Reply Sherry May 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Those jeans look so cute on you! Fabulous outfits!! All of them!

  • Reply LORENA May 8, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    I could not agree more- it make such a difference! and it so much more comfortable 🙂

  • Reply Mary-Katherine May 8, 2019 at 11:39 am

    You NAILED it with this post topic! I just got rid of a ton of jeans that were in good condition and I used to love and when my husband saw it he was shocked like “why are you getting rid of all those?!” My response? “They’re just not high rise enough” hahaha! Truthfully though I am so surprised when I see people still wearing low rise jeans I get sad because I can just imagine how much better they would look with a higher rise lol. Rise totally matters and you’re so right that they lengthen and slim.

    I swear 90% of the compliments I get on my post-baby body are attributable to the jeans I am wearing hahahahhaa.

    xo Mary-Katherine

  • Reply Jessica A Jannenga May 8, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Hi Amy,
    Probably about 10+ years ago I was wearing mainly .low rise jeans as they were popular in the designer denim world and I had bought into it. Who wants to worry about bending over ? I don’t have high rise jeans, but just regular rise, I do love the look of your jeans – epsceially the Madewell pair. It makes a difference. I am 5 foot 9 and it does give you a longer look. You look great in every pair! love the pretty cami too!
    jess xx

  • Reply Grace Liang May 8, 2019 at 10:02 am

    High rise jeans are my new thing as well. I hope this trend stays for a while because I’m loving it. You look great!!

    Please stop by at http://www.colorandgrace.com every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for linkup parties! Hope to see you there!

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  • Reply Meagan Brandon May 8, 2019 at 9:35 am

    I hope high rise jeans always stick around – I rarely reach for my low rise jeans anymore either. They don’t fit the same after having had a baby and just don’t feel as comfortable. Love these pointers!


  • Reply Biana May 8, 2019 at 8:43 am

    100% agree with you!! I dont like the look of low rise jeans on myself and feel like I’m always trying to pull them up lol! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Kate May 8, 2019 at 8:31 am

    You look amazing girlie! I’m not a fan of low rise either, but mid rise is perfect for me as high rise is too uncomfortable.

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Rach May 8, 2019 at 8:14 am

    High waisted jeans are the way to go! They are definitely for more flattering!


  • Reply jodie filogomo May 8, 2019 at 7:40 am

    It’s a perfect example of how styles come around again. I think for women my age, it can be hard because you looked down on the high waisted ones when they went out of style. Funny, right??

  • Reply Amy Johnson May 8, 2019 at 7:16 am

    I so agree! I’ll never buy low rise jeans again!

  • Reply Jill May 8, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I’m with you on this! I hope the high rise trend is here to stay! They are so flattering and make my legs look longer! In my post today I’m wearing an old comfy pair of low rise jeans and mention that my top had to stay untucked to make the outfit work.

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Reply Andrea Nine May 8, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I am with you by the way, will never do low rise ever again. These jeans tips are spot on perfect and so are you!

  • Reply Kelly R May 8, 2019 at 6:34 am

    I don’t think I’ll EVER go back to low or even mid-rise jeans! I hope the high-waist trend never ever ends–it’s so flattering!

    Rosy Outlook

  • Reply Sivylla Vassiadi May 8, 2019 at 5:54 am

    I am with you on this 100%. I hate how short low rise jeans always make me look. You look gorgeous btw! Totally like a model!
    Will you check out my latest blog post and let me know what you think?

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