About Low-rise Jeans

Rises in jeans (the distance from the crotch to the waistband) range from the high-waisted to the superlow-rise. The lastest in jeans fashion are the low-rise jeans. These have a deliberately low-cut waist intended to sit low on, or below, the hips. Also known as lowcut jeans, hipsters, hip-huggers and lowriders, they are intentionally cut lower on the waist, thus covering less body on front (the belly) and the back. Usually these jeans sit at least three inches lower than the belly button.

The “rise” of jeans is determined by the distance between the crotch and the waist and is usually around 10 inches on the regular conventional pants. In contrast, lowrise jeans typically have a rise of about 6 inches. Several brandmanufacturers also highlight the feature by altering the rise of the zipper. They create pants with zippers far shorter than regular pants, usually between 2 and 3 inches, while some other manufacturers go to the extent of reducing the size of the zippers to1 inch , such as Dorinha Wear. The latter can also be classified as ultra lowrise jeans, and the small zipper no longer serves its traditional function, but rather becomes an embellishment and a display of fashion.

Although low-rise jeans came into existence as early as in the 1960s, their renewed popularity among young women, and the subsequent lower back tattoo trends they inspired, were one of the earliest phenomena that distinguished the popular fashion of the 2000s from that of the previous decade. Becoming aware that their underwear is no longer always hidden inside their pants, more people choose the underwear they wear more carefully, to show it off with their low-rise jeans. The thong is most in vogue as it is paired with the lowrise jeans by many. It exposes more skin than it covers and is worn more for fashion than as an article of utility. The conventional panty is also still worn regularly under the lowrise jeans. Another fashion trend is to wear no underwear at all.

Tattoos placed on the lower belly or back are very popular with wearers of low-rise jeans. While the regular above-the- navel pants would normally not have displayed a tattoo on those spots, it now becomes visible and also very attractive, especially when in a semi-revealed state.

The fashion trend of stretch, tight and low rise jeans has had its enemies. In 2003, Dr. Malvinder S. Parmar’s study revealed that wearing tight lowrise jeans puts unnecessasary pressure on a sensory nerve, which can cause pain and paresthesia in the nerve’s area of distribution. This condition is known as Meralgia paresthetica and shows symptoms of a tingling or a burning sensation some of the thigh muscles. The problem with previously examined patients was resolved when they avoided wearing tight, low-rise jeans, and recovery took about 4 to 6 weeks.