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Jeans riding up in back

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by rulama, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. rulama

    rulama New Member

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    Feb 23, 2019
    I've been having trouble finding jeans that fit well and wanted to ask here for advice. I'm a fairly tall, skinny guy, and I prefer a regular/straight fit (not slim or skinny, not overly baggy, but enough to put a standard wallet in my front pocket). I've tried many pairs, and most fit well in the legs and waist, but they almost all feel too tight at the bottom of the seat, to the point where moving around causes them to start to ride up the butt wedgie-style. I've tried Levis 505, 559, 514, Bonobos (straight), Banana Republic (straight), and all of them tend to do that. Levis 550s don't, but are too baggy in the thighs and legs.

    How are straight jeans supposed to fit in the lower part of the seat? Is there something I can look for in a pair of jeans to avoid this, or is this something a tailor can sort out?

  2. Jan Capek

    Jan Capek Well-Known Member

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    Feb 17, 2018
    Interesting. I have the opposite problem. I am by no means skinny and when I sit I always stretch the seat of my jeans in such a way that they start to sag. I try to mitigate this by a) wearing a belt, b) opting for 95%cotton and 5% elastane, c) wearing pleated pants with a tight waist and looser hips.

    Anyway, I am sure you're not interested in my problems, so let's focus on you. I can think of a few solutions:
    a) buy lighter washes of jeans as opposed to dark/raw denim (the former being more malleable),
    b) wet the crotch seam or the entire crotch/hip area and stretch it by wearing the jeans (at home, preferably); some of my Tom Ford jeans actually come with a sticker advising doing this,
    c) when buying jeans, focus on the problem area; buy a pair that is comfortable in the seat area and have the waist taken in by a tailor; do not do the opposite (i.e. buy tight and have the tailor take it out).
    d) try and see if jeans with a little lycra or elastane (2-5%) help to resolve the issue; while they will not stretch as much, they will not press against you so stubbornly.

    As for how jeans are supposed to fit - they should be comfy, should not sag or press against anything.

  3. Todd Shelton

    Todd Shelton Senior Member Affiliate Vendor

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    East Rutherford, NJ
    You're probably dealing with a rise issue. Rise is the measurement from top of waistband down to the crotch seam. Sounds like you need a longer rise. Tall guys sometimes need a longer rise. I'd suggest measuring the front rise and back rise of your best fitting jean (in the crotch area) - and compare it to your worst fitting jean. If you're best fitting jean has a longer rise than the worst fitting, then rise is probably your problem. Start looking at brands size charts for rise measurements.

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