When you’re out shopping for pants, fit matters. One area to check is the rise, the distance from the middle of the crotch seam (right between your legs) to the top of the waistband. It usually ranges from 7 inches to 12 inches. The rise is critical to the fit.
Make sure pants are neither too snug or too “droopy” in the rise area, as this is a part of the pants that not easily altered.
Pant rise is important because it determines where your pants sit on your body, which in turn creates your perceived waistline. Rise can work for you or against you. You can use rise to your advantage by changing your perceived dimensions. Or, choosing the wrong type of rise will make you look disproportional. Be sure to look in a full-length mirror to see the whole picture.
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