But it's silly to call something that sits at the waist "high waisted." As refers to human anatomy, the word "waist" has only ever meant one thing in the history of the English language. It is the narrowest part of the torso. The only logical classification of trouser rise is this: *low-rise=below waist *at waist *high-waisted=above waist Trousers more than slightly above or below the waist are about as good as a jacket that buttons more than slightly above or below the waist. If people don't want to wear trousers at the waist, they should stop calling it the waistband. This is far from helpful and not strictly accurate. The term 'waist' in this context refers to the waist band of the trouser, not where it sits on the human body. Thus 'high waisted' trousers can be above,m at or above the human waist: It is their relationship with other trousers that is being compared. Just to add to this I normally wear mine pretty low by older standards although I do have two pairs with 'high' waists one at my body waist and one two inches above. I like both but they are too much like costume to be worn regularly.