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What counts as a High-Rise in trousers?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by FlithyButler, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. FlithyButler

    FlithyButler Well-Known Member

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    Hi All,

    quick question; I know a Low-Rise usually equates to about 9-1/2" to 10" - but what is usually regarded as the kind of threshold in numbered measurement between a Medium and a High Rise?

    Many thanks.
     


  2. Andy_00

    Andy_00 Senior Member

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    It depends on your height. Low rise is normally hip hugging, medium rise will sit on top of the hips close to the natural waist, and high rise will be at the natural waist or even higher. I’m 6ft1" so for me low rise is around 9.5-10’ like you suggest. Medium rise would be around 10.5-11" and high rise anything much above this. For shorter guys, 10" may be more like medium rise,

    This all assumes that by ‘rise’ you are not referring to the technically correct ‘rise’ definition (outseam minus inseam) but are using it in the commonplace sense to mean the length of the seam between the top of the front waistband and the fork at the crotch.
     


  3. FlithyButler

    FlithyButler Well-Known Member

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    Hi Andy,
    great - many thanks for that.

    And yep, I meant the commonplace definition (had never heard of the technically correct one, so thanks for that also).
     


  4. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Stylish Dinosaur

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    Yes, your original question might not yield anything helpful because the answer is largely "It depends on your height."
     


  5. Andy_00

    Andy_00 Senior Member

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    There is also a proper distinction between ‘high rise’ and ‘long rise’ (and equally between low and short rise). However I can’t quite recall what it is.
     


  6. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Stylish Dinosaur

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    Industry terms that are defined differently by different companies.
     


  7. Andy_00

    Andy_00 Senior Member

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    I think, now that I half recall, that short rise pants are intended to achieve a normal type of fit for short men, whereas low rise pants seek to acheive a fit lower on the hips. Hence the length of the rise might be the same in each case, but the cut of the pants in general is quite different (for instance, low rise pants will have less difference in circumference between waist and hips. Short rise pants, which are intended to sit closer to the waist of the short chap, will be nipped in more at the waist.)
     


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    paxonus Senior Member

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    Then there is the Super-High-Rise, aka, the pants that ate Fred Mertz:

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