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Why You Hate High Waisted Jeans – A Scientific Answer

High waisted jeans, suede moto jacket

ARE HIGH WAISTED JEANS REALLY UNFLATTERING OR IS IT ALL IN YOUR HEAD?

Do you hate high waisted jeans but never stopped to think why? I did a little bit of observation and analysis of my own to try and figure it out. I even have a visual aide for you!

High waisted jeans are back with a vengeance. I needed to get pictures of low rise jeans for comparison and it was really hard to find too many of those on the websites of the major brands. I already bought a couple of high rise pairs that I wore here and here. But I just can’t shake the feeling that this silhouette is not the most flattering on me. Why does it seem as if I’ve gained 10 pounds when I’m wearing the high waisted jeans?

High waisted jeans, suede moto jacket

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High waisted jeans, suede moto jacket

The pair of jeans I’m wearing here is one of those high rise ones and my solution to my insecurity was to cover it with a longer sweater. And that’s when it hit me – all of the extra fabric above the hips is what’s causing the problem. If it’s covered, the problem goes away.

I went through great lengths to find examples of a high waisted jean and a low rise from the same brand and worn by what looks like the same model posed in an identical way.

High waisted jeans

Low Rise Jeans: AG || High Waisted Jeans: AG

The inseam measurement B is constant (usually around 30 inches). The rise measurement A is what varies. For a low rise, it’s anywhere under 8 inches. For high waisted jeans, it’s usually above 10 inches. (What’s left in the middle is mid-rise).

The ratio between A and B determines whether the silhouette is visually appealing or not. When A is much smaller than B, it makes the legs appear longer. When the rise is too big, all the extra fabric makes the legs appear short and stumpy. If you are lucky to have thin legs that go on for days like on a runway model, that ratio affects you less than somebody who is petite. Imagine a petite inseam that’s 25 inches! An 11 inch rise is almost half of that length. But on a tall inseam of 33 inches, a high rise is a third of that length.

High waisted jeans, suede moto jacket

What I like about high waisted jeans is that they give me that held in feeling. Especially when I wear them with a belt. No worrying about them sliding down and me having to pull them up every other minute. If I throw on a longer top that visually takes away the extra fabric of the rise, they have the appearance of low or mid rise jeans.

High waisted jeans, suede moto jacket

THE VERDICT:

The longer and thinner your legs are, the better high waisted jeans look on you. I am on the tall side of average (5’7″) but my height comes from my torso, not from long legs. So I feel like I will continue to have this love-hate relationship with high waisted jeans.

The suede moto jacket is my latest obsession. It has been on repeat ever since I got it and you can read more about it here.

High waisted jeans, suede moto jacket

High waisted jeans, suede moto jacket

High waisted jeans, suede moto jacket

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2 responses to “Why You Hate High Waisted Jeans – A Scientific Answer”

  1. Shell says:

    I like them because they hide my mom belly (aka muffin top)…… LOL!
    I honestly hate low rise jeans and I’m not even tall!
    xo, Shell
    http://acourageousbeauty.com

    • Stefana says:

      I agree! I definitely feel held in and I know the muffin top won’t spill out.