Comparisons: Low-rise vs Mid-rise vs High-rise Jeans

A jean’s rise refers to the measurement between the waistband and the crotch seam. It’s a characteristic often prioritised in descriptions because it is one of the defining elements to finding a pair that compliments you and fits comfortably according to your build. For instance, a high rise would suit an individual with a smaller torso to elongate their body. A taller figure would resonate with a low-rise to prevent the legs from appearing ‘too long’, or a mid-rise jean to achieve proportion through the legs and torso.

The Variety of Jean Rises

Low-rise Jeans - Measurements

Mid-rise Jeans - Measurements

High-Rise Jeans - Measurements

Low-rise vs mid-rise jeans vs high-rise jeans? It really depends on your build. So let’s get into a little more detail on the matter.

Topics of Discussion

What are Low-rise Jeans?
How to Style Low-rise Jeans
What are Mid-rise Jeans?
How to Wear Mid-rise Jeans
What are High-rise Jeans?
Low-rise Jeans vs Mid-rise Jeans vs High-rise Jeans

What are Low-rise Jeans?

From the crotch seam to the waistband, low-rise jeans sit at about 7 to 8 inches. And, as the name suggests, they sit low on the hips, a couple of inches below the belly button.

Finding low-rise jeans that fit you can be difficult. Since low-rise pants sit low on your hips, there's no 'standard' waist size like there is with mid or high rise jeans. So, to make sure you buy the right size low-rise jeans, pay attention to how low they hang below your waist and how much fabric is used in front (at your low-rise waist).

To buy low-rise jeans that fit you well, the first thing to do is find out whether you are low-rise 'high hip' or low-rise 'low hip'. The difference lies in where they sit on your hips.

How to Style Low-rise Jeans

Low-rise jeans are on a pendulum of popularity. They really hit home during the 90s and early 2000s to a diminishing decline but in the last couple of years, they’ve been on the upward ‘come back’ trajectory, resurging in popular cuts like boyfriend jeans, biker jeans, and flares.

Low-rise jeans are worn well with a crop top, exposing the lower part of the torso (obviously a summer outfit). Other popular statements see loosely tucked t-shirts and button-ups tied at the centre.

What are Mid-rise Jeans?

Jeans are one of the most popular pieces of clothing. Nowadays, there are so many cuts, which can confuse those who admit fashion isn’t their strong suit. One question that comes up frequently is the difference between low-rise and mid-rise jeans, and we’ll get into that after a brief explanation of the details on mid-rise jeans. 

So how high is the mid-rise jean? Mid-rise jeans sit between the hip and the belly button. This rise is also called mid-waist or medium-rise. The jean’s rise on the mid generally measures 8-9 inches. 

For an example, see the Alexa Jeans - Mid Supersoft - a ​ mid-rise skinny, featuring a mid-rise waist, contrast stitching and a skinny fit right through the leg.

How to wear Mid-rise Jeans

So how do you wear mid-rise jeans? Mid-rise jeans are definitely the versatile option out of the trio. And how to wear them kind of depends on you’re fashion sense.

Typically, they should sit about an inch or so underneath the belly button, so a short top exposing a bit of skin or a long shirt that overlaps is suited. 


Today’s outfit featuring the mid-rise fit showcases the Alexa Mid Supersoft, Converse Chuck Taylor Ox Lo shoes, and a cropped grey sweatshirt.

Browse our collection of the best mid-rise skinny jeans.

What are High Rise Jeans?

High-rise jeans have the greatest distance between the waistband and the crotch seam (minus the super high-rise jeans at 11 inches +). They range from 9-11inches from the waistband to the crotch seam.

High-rise jeans have a vintage look that you don’t find in low-rise or medium-rise jeans. High-rise jeans are also more noticeable than low-risers, making them a top pick if you’re wearing high-quality material.

Popular cuts like the Mom Jean have continued to show this rise favour, and there isn’t much indication of it slowing down. The attraction lies with the silhouette that the high-waisted jean offers. Resting at the upper waist and widening at the hips and butt, proving absolute comfort for women with a bustier build looking to elongate their legs. 

Looking for different types of high-waisted jeans? Mavi’s High Waisted Jeans Collection is extensive and diverse accomodating a variety of sizes, styles and price range. Take a look! High-waisted Jeans by Mavi.

Low-rise Jeans vs Mid-rise Jeans vs High-rise Jeans

The question you’ve been waiting for! Low-rise vs mid-rise vs high-rise? 

low-rise, mid-rise, or high-rise jeans must depend on two factors, your style preference and your build.

- For a taller woman with long legs
If you’re over 5’8 and longer in the legs, in some cases, a high-rise jean will elongate your legs, making you seem disproportionate from the upper body.

We recommend low-rise, mid-rise or mid to high rise jeans

- For a taller woman with a long torso
If you’re over 5’8 and longer in the torso, in some cases, a low-rise jean will have a similar effect but on the other end elongating your upper body.

We recommend mid-rise or mid to high-rise jeans. See our Tall Length Range for options.

- For shorter women
Low-rise jeans will make your legs appear even shorter. A mid-rise jean or high-rise jean will flatter your shape.

- For women of average height
Fortunately, women of average height (around 5’5, 5’6) have the option of all three but the build and features must be taken into consideration.

These recommendations however, must be determined by you. You know your body best and what looks good to someone else is only a matter of opinion. The most important thing is that you feel good and your confidence is booming.
For low-rise, mid-rise, or high-rise jeans explore our Women’s Collection!

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