Before we’re going into any details, let us take this opportunity for a shout out to all denim brands and denim retailers:
Please, don’t just describe jeans as hi-rise, or super hi-rise…. we need specifications, like how high is “your” high rise. In inches and/or cm please.
And the reason for this shout-out – because online retailers are constantly telling us about the many returns they receive because of wrong or not sufficient product descriptions. “Sits low on the waist” or “Hits right below/above your navel” just doesn’t do it.
We are trying to make it easier for you by posting here examples of all the rises. Mid- high- super high- and sky high.
Attention please: don’t just let the item description of the rise mislead you. Unfortunately, most retailers and brands have a different concept of mid or high rises. Always ask for exact numbers in inches/cm.
And here’s our best advice to make your online shopping experience easier. If you’re not sure about the the jeans you’d like to buy, contact the seller. Most of the online shops do have live-chats, which makes it totally easy to communicate. And if not, it should be worth your time to email them. Better be sure of what you are buying than be disappointed later.
LOW RISE JEANS
approx. 8.20″/20 cm to 9.5″ / 24 cm
DL1961 Emma Low-Rise Skinny Jeans, $99 – here’s a perfect example about the discrepancy of the product and the product description online: DL1961 defines the jeans as low rise, but on the Bloomingdale’s website it says: mid-rise 8.25″
Khaite Kyle Relaxed Low Rise Jeans, $360 – detailed product description on Shopbop: Rise: 9.5in / 24cm
Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Fit Boyfriend Jeans, $198 – detailed product description on the COH website: Rise: 9 3/4″
MID RISE JEANS
approx. 10.00″/25 cm
Denimist Joni Mid Rise, $135 Rise: 10.25in / 26cm
Good American Good Legs Skinny Jeans, $99 – 10″ rise
HIGH RISE JEANS
approx: 10,5″/26 cm
Madewell Stove Pipe Jeans, $128, High rise 10 1/2″ – one of the best item descriptions, Madewell does specify every single detail including the strength of the stretch literally (not only in numbers but also in how it feels like)
J Brand Natasha Sky High Crop Skinny Jeans, $278, Rise: 11.5in / 29cm – technically these jeans are “only” high rise, even though the name says sky high
SUPER HIGH RISE / SKY HIGH RISE JEANS (because they’re practically the same, just with a different definition by each brand)
approx: 11.50″/29 cm – 12″/30 cm
rag & bone Ruth Super High Rise Ultra Wide Leg Jeans, $115 – detailed description on the rag & bone website: 12″ rise
American Eagle AE Ne(x)t Level Highest Waist Jegging, $59.95, 11.75” rise – detailed description on their website including the amount of support with stretch denims
Levi’s Ribcage Boot Jeans, $98, Rise 11.5″