Originally Posted by modual
I'm wondering since my legs seem fairly short (about 31" inseam) whether a low rise or high rise / bootcut or taper will make my legs look longer. I dont like jeans to be loose around my thighs or butt
For awhile, I had the same problem, being barely 5'8" and wearing a 31 inch inseam. What works for me is limiting the ball room. It's a harsh reality, but the diminished space between the grundle translates into an extra inch or two of legs. This is truly key in making your legs look longer. Additionally, get jeans that're slimmer fitted so long as you're of decent weight. In terms of the rise, either low or mid rise is fine. But if you're wearing a low rise, make sure there's no break between your shirt and your jeans. Otherwise, the lower rise will make you look like you have stubbier legs. In all honesty, I think the safest length is for the shirt to just barely cover the belt. If you're the type of person who likes to display your belt and/or belt buckle, then get a mid rise. Regarding bootcut/taper, I personally don't wear taper because it looks like I'm wearing Ronald McDonald shoes. Straight leg is pretty much universal so long as you get it in the right length. I only wear boot cuts to prevent the shoe from overwhelming the leg opening (or if I'm wearing boots). Otherwise, I don't find the boot cut or straight leg to make much of a difference, so long as the boot cut is not extreme. Best of luck. Again, this is what works for me, so I can't guarantee how well it will translate, but it's still worth a shot IMO. Honestly though, I think that cutting a bit into the ball room is your best bet.