Rise impacts where a jean sits on your waist. If you need jeans to come up higher on your waist, you need a high rise jean. But finding high rise jeans for men can be a challenge.
About this article
The purpose of this article is to help men find the rise measurement they need and connect them with brands that offer high rise jeans for men. This article is managed by Todd Shelton, a jean manufacturer based in East Rutherford, NJ, that offers multiple high rise jean fit options. A list of brands offering higher rise jeans is included. No commissions are made from links in this article.
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What is rise
Rise is the measurement from the top of the waistband down to the crotch seam. A jean has a front and a back rise.
The front rise is the main measurement, listed more often than back rise on size charts. Front rise measurements will indicate if a jean is a mid-rise, high-rise, or low-rise.
How to know if you need more rise
Rise affects two things: how high you can wear jeans on your waist and/or how much room you’ll have in the crotch area.
If you cannot pull the jeans up high enough on your waist, you need more rise. If you can pull the jean up to where you want to wear it, but the crotch is tight, you need more rise.
However, if your jean has too much rise, the jean can sag under the crotch, and you may want to avoid that.
How to determine your target rise measurement
The easiest way to determine the rise measurement you need is to measure the rise on jeans you already own. If you don’t own a jean, you can measure your pants.
Even if you don’t own a jean with an acceptable rise, measuring will provide insight. Try on the jeans to find which jean fits best through the rise, and identify its measurements. Then guess at how much more rise you’ll need to get a better fit.
For example, if your best fitting jean has an 11” rise, but it’s slightly tight in the crotch, you may need an 11 ½” rise. If your best fitting jean has an 11” rise, but it’s way too tight in the crotch, you may need a 12” rise.
Searching size charts for high rise jeans for men
Most jean brands post their rise measurements in their size charts online. Once you determine the rise you need by trying on jeans you already own and measuring the rise, you can search size charts for your target rise measurements.
When searching size charts, keep in mind that rise measurements change depending on fit. Generally, Relaxed jeans will have higher rise measurements and skinny jeans have lower rise measurements.
Also, rise measurements scale up and down depending on size. At Todd Shelton, we scale 1/8” per size. For example, a size 32 Basic fit will have a 10 3/8” front rise. Size 33 Basic will have a 10 ½” front rise. The front rise increased 1/8” from 32 to 33.
When searching size charts online, a brand may post a rise measurement for only one size, like 32. Considering rise measurements will be vary based on waist size, contact the brand to find for measurements for your size.
High rise jean options we offer
Over the years, we’ve developed rise fit options from customer feedback. The fit options we’ve developed meet the most common high rise requirements.
We offer rise increases in 3/8” increments. 3/8” More is a tweak to our Standard rise. ¾” More is a considerable increase for men who definitely need more rise than Standard.
It’s not uncommon for us to make jeans in rises higher than ¾”, but we consider these Bespoke Rise jeans. However, Bespoke Rise jeans cannot be returned due to their custom nature. To minimize risk, we use our Home Try-On program to narrow down a customers waist, fit, and length – then we help the customer make an educated guess on the rise they need.
If you need a Bespoke Rise jean, visit our website and learn more about Home Try-On
Brands that offer high rise jeans for men
We searched over 30 brands from household names like Levi’s and Wranglers to premium niche brands. Unfortunately, most brands don’t offer rise measurements on their size charts. 9 brands list rise measurements over 11″ which we consider to be the beginning of high rise jean measurements.
If you know of a brand offering high rise jeans for men, please email us. No commissions are made from the links below.
3sixteen – lists 11″ plus front rise on some jeans – $265
Drakes – lists 12″ front rise on some jeans – $340
Everlane – lists 11″ plus front rise on some jeans – $98
Frame – lists 11″ plus front rise on most jeans – $228
Levi’s – lists 11″ plus front rise on some jeans – $69
Todd Snyder – offering 12″ front rise on relaxed fit jeans – $265
Self-Edge – lists 12″ front rise on some jeans – $355