The rises of jeans and pants have been predominantly mid and high lengths for many, many seasons. Now, for the first time in years, low rises are back as a nod to on-trend ‘90s fashion. They aren’t mainstream yet. Back in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s low rises were mainstream and VERY low. Some as low as 6 to 7 inches in front. So far, the rises aren’t as low this time round. Most are 8 to 9 inches. Also, low rises can be created by wearing roomy and slouchy pants and jeans well below the waist and on the hips.
This collection shows examples.
Please don’t worry if you don’t wear low-rise jeans and pants. Mid and high rises are still mainstream and widely available. This might be the first time that all lengths of rise are on-trend at the same time.
My clientele unanimously enjoy mid and high rises. I can’t recall anyone lamenting the loss of the low rise over the years, as long as mid rises are widely available. High rises can be problematic but a well-constructed mid rise that hits the sweet spot is generally popular.
Over the decades, I’ve enjoyed all lengths of rise, as long as they weren’t too high or two low. I’m relatively short in the rise for my 5 ft 6 height, so very high rises don’t work. Currently, I am very much enjoying a higher mid rise, or shorter high rise, worn with shorter boxier untucked knitwear and tops. These rises are between 9.5 and 11 inches for me. I also like this length rise with a tucked or semi-tucked top.
I currently have a few pairs of lower rise jeans and pants that I enjoy wearing. The fronts are between 8 to 9 inches, which is thought of as low rise according to the current trend, although I used to think of them as mid-rise lengths. The rise length goalposts have shifted over time.
Over to you. Do you enjoy wearing low rises? Remember that if you don’t, mid and high rises are here to stay.