How to Measure Men’s Pants Rise - 34 Heritage

What Does a Men’s Pants Rise Mean and How Do You Measure It?

Jeans that fit perfectly can seem hard to find, but they’re worth it. And in reality, finding the right fit that feels comfortable and makes you look and feel great just comes down to knowing a few things about measurements. In this case, we’re talking about rise. What is a pant rise, you’re probably asking? Well, that’s what this article is all about.

To help you find your perfect pants, we created this guide all about what a pant rise is, how to measure it, and pant styles that showcase different rises so you can find the pair that’s just right for you.

What is a pant rise?

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The rise on a pair of men’s pants is the distance between the crotch seam and waistband. Each pair has two rises: a front rise and a back rise. Both will affect the way your pants fit and feel. Besides that, pant rise can entirely change your silhouette. High rise jeans for men can elongate your legs and hit your torso at just the right spot to make taller figures look proportional. Meanwhile, mid rise jeans for men can balance out a regular frame, neither looking too short or too baggy. So depending on your body type and height, knowing the best pant’s rise for you can make all the difference in the appearance and fit of your pants.

How to measure a pant rise

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Now that you know what a pant rise is, here’s how you go about measuring yours. Take out your favorite pair of pants from your closet. Those that you’ve already worn will offer a more accurate measure of your pant rise. 


Once you’ve got your pant, make sure they’re fully closed then spread them out flat. Next, take a fabric tape measure and measure the distance between the crotch seam and waistband. Repeat on both the front and back to ensure you’re measuring both pant rises. Record your measurement and now you know your perfect pant rise.

High waisted jeans for men

We often use the terms “rise” and “waist” interchangeably. So in this case, high waisted jeans for men is synonymous with high rise jeans for men. Now that we’ve gotten the syntax out of the way, let’s take a look at some styles and who these jeans are for.

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Pants that have a rise of 11” or greater fall into the category of high rise. Often, high waisted jeans for men are targeted towards taller men  - those that are 6 feet or taller. That’s because a higher rise will reach higher on a longer waist so you don’t look disproportionate. But, high rise jeans for men are also great for those seeking a more comfortable, held-in feeling. It’s why we’ve coined the term “comfort rise” to describe the rise of our Charisma collection of men’s high-waisted jeans. Not only do jeans in this collection have an 11” front rise, they have a higher back rise of 16.5” that elevates the comfort level so they feel even more effortless to wear.

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For a truly classic and sophisticated men’s high-waisted jean, Charisma Relaxed Straight Leg Jeans In Dark Soft is made from stretchy, luxurious denim in a rich indigo wash that’s as timeless as it is elegant. And for a darker denim that still maintains maximum comfort while looking incredibly sleek, Charisma Relaxed Straight Jeans In Rinse Vintage is the perfect option. Made from incredibly soft and stretchy fabric that looks like authentic, distinguished denim, these high rise men’s jeans seamlessly transition from day to night.

Mid rise jeans for men

Pants with a rise greater than 9” and less than 11” fall into the mid rise category. They’re a contemporary fit for most body types that should rest right at the belly button. 

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Courage is our signature collection of men’s mid rise jeans that have a 10.5” front rise, 15.5” back rise, and carefully tailored straight leg that tapers below the knee while maintaining just the right amount of room. Courage Straight Leg in Mid Urban and Courage Straight Leg Jeans In Dark Midnight Brushed Urban are both made from retro-inspired denim that has the heavier weight and thicker structure of original jeans. Updated with modern stretch and sleek washes, these men’s mid rise jeans are the ultimate combination of comfort, elegance, and distinguished style.

34 Heritage Fine Touch Twill For a slimmer fit, look no further than our Cool collection of tapered leg pants. Featuring the same rise measurements as Courage, these mid rise jeans for men have a more streamlined fit for a powerful and contemporary appearance. Cool Tapered Leg Jeans In Shaded Blue Selvedge are made from premium fabrics that move and stretch with you, while feeling incredibly soft and looking flattering from every angle. Dressed up or down, this style is sure to turn heads for all the right reasons.

You know your perfect pant rise - now find your perfect style

We’ve answered the question of “what is a pant rise?” and even told you how to measure it. As we’ve shown, 34Heritage has a variety of timeless pants in various rises that are effortless closet staples you can count on. Whether seeking a pair of men’s high-waisted jeans or a mid rise pair, we have the fit, style, and fabrication you can wear again and again - and for any occasion. Shop our sophisticated looks today.