What Ever Happened to High-Rise Jeans for Men?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by themaskedcorndog, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. tagutcow

    tagutcow Senior member

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    I have the edwin/lee repros of the old 101z and 101b. Great jeans, very high rise. There is little or no taper to them however, which makes for a wide leg (the 101b more than the 101z). Perfect for use with big boots like engineers, but otherwise can be tricky.

    Actually, the Lee/Edwin Gold Label 101z has an 8.75" rise. I never understood why two versions of the same cut differed so radically.
     


  2. ataru

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    Mine are the 1952 101z and 1957? 101b, and the rises are quite high. I don't actually think lee gold is the same cut as the early 101z and 101b models at all, it's just the same designation being used. The lee gold stuff seems pretty nice in its own right, though.
     


  3. Threak

    Threak Senior member

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    In the movie The Outsiders, Ponyboy wears faded Wranglers with the back pocket patch torn off. I remember freeze-framing the movie, curious about the same thing, and the back pockets had the W stitching. I think they also had the darker rectangle on the pocket where the patch tore off, which is pretty common since they fade really easily, but don't quote me on that. (Maybe I'm just picturing that from some of my dad's jeans; he's worn Wranglers for work 6 days a week on average for about 30 years).

    Wranglers have the highest rise of any jeans I've ever worn. I just measured a pair I have, and the front rise is 12". Haha, I can't really believe it but I just tried them on (I'm still at the parents' for the holidays and saw them in the closet) and they don't fit anything like I remember. I picked these up at a western store about 3 years ago for a cowboy-themed event I was going to and have worn them about half a dozen times since (always with cowboy boots to western-themed events) and I remember them being ridiculously tight. I was going for the stereotypical ultra-tight Wrangler-butt look and saw they had a new slim-fit Cowboy Cut, 936DEN, so I picked up a pair in my usual size, 30x32. I think they're slimmer in the thigh than the regular Cowboy Cut 13MWZ. Anyway, at the time they felt skin-tight, but I just compared them to the 3sixteen SL-200x's I wear all the time now and they're not any tighter. I think part of the reason they felt so tight was perception, since I wore looser jeans then, and part of it is the placement of the pockets, due to the higher rise. Since the back pockets are up on the fuller part of the cheek they feel much tighter. The front pockets are harder to get into and out of for the same reason.

    Anyway, other than the high rise (which, in your case, is what you're after), the biggest turn off with these jeans for most people is the color. Their regular indigo color is kind of bright, but they seem to have more colors now, including a new rigid color which I've never seen in person. On the plus side, they're tough jeans, heavyweight with copper rivets at all the stress points, and usually under $30. I might actually start wearing mine once in a while.
     


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    max_r Senior member

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    i'm home for the holidays too, and speaking of wranglers, my dad just the other day picked up a new pair of jeans for work (he's a mechanic) and they were raw wranglers. (at least, they looked raw and felt rather stiff) first thing he did though was throw them in the washing machine and dryer to soften them up [​IMG]
     


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    London Senior member

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    Nom de Guerre's classic fit jean is semi high-rise
     


  6. brad-t

    brad-t Bae Blade

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    Nom de Guerre's classic fit jean is semi high-rise

    i believe that is referred to as "medium rise"
     


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    Listi Senior member

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    Most of those jeans look medium rise, they also look good. I favour a higher rise jean worn without sagging.
     


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    wannabeagiant Senior member

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    What's considered low, medium, high. The lvc 1947 is 11" front rise and 15" back. Is that medium?
     


  9. DLester

    DLester Senior member

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    Some day we will all be wearing high rise jeans. That day is not today. High rise is stigmatized as being for old people. Low to medium rise will be around for a while. There will be exceptions (some of which look pretty good, like the repro stuff) but that is generally what you can expect.
    Wranglers have the highest rise of any jeans I've ever worn. I just measured a pair I have, and the front rise is 12". Haha, I can't really believe it but I just tried them on (I'm still at the parents' for the holidays and saw them in the closet) and they don't fit anything like I remember.
    This was once normal rise. If you want to see high rise pants, look at pics of Fred Astaire from the 40's. The waist band was practically up under his pits.
     


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    DLester Senior member

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    What's considered low, medium, high. The lvc 1947 is 11" front rise and 15" back. Is that medium?
    12" is high nowadays. Used to be "normal." 11" is medium-high. My jeans are usually 9.75" to 10.5" or so rise. I would call that medium. Under 9.5 is low.
     


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    Davine Well-Known Member

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    Cheap Mondays sit really high too. At least the ones I saw in store once.
     


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    You're welcome... [​IMG]
     


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    It's because high rise looks like shit in slim/skinny incarnation. Looking for high rise in straight fit? Check out PRPS, Kicking Mule or repro's like Sugar Cane and size down
     


  14. DLester

    DLester Senior member

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    yes, behold the high rise, light rinse, pleated jeans -- the trifecta of fail.

    bad enough on women (Hi Mom!), impossible to believe on a man.

    You're welcome...

    [​IMG]
     


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    ppllzz Senior member

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    arent dior jeans medium rise? a lot of other antifit jeans are too... meant to be saggeed
     


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