The first time I tried on a pair of high rise jeans I was skeptical. In the sea of low rise denim that we’d been floating through since the early 2000’s, any fly that zipped up past 8 inches seemed so unreasonable, so impossibly counter-trend that only fashion girls could pull it off.
In my mind, high rise jeans couldn’t possibly be comfortable. How was I supposed to sit? How would my butt look? Would they exaggerate my already short torso making me look like I was willingly subjecting myself to an all-day wedgie?
High rise jeans have front rises between 9 and 11 inches… 11+ being super high. With more and more of these styles making an appearance, I knew I had to at least give them a try.
Skepticism hung in the air around me right up until the moment I pulled a pair of DL1961 Margaux skinnies up over my booty and zipped them to completion just under my belly button. At 9.5 inches, they were the highest rise I’d ever dared to try.
A few years ago, I did something I’m not super proud of: After growing out of a very expensive pair of jeans and swearing off designer denim forever, I went to a *fast fashion* store (that shall not be named) and purchased a $10 pair of what can only loosely be described as “jeans.”
They were blue and to some extent covered my legs, but the fabric was thin and felt cheap; the fit was weird in every possible way; the closure button rattled when I walked; the zipper would not stay closed; and almost every seam was frayed after 2 weeks of wear.
In short, they sucked. And what made it way worse was that by this point, I actually knew how great premium jeans were in comparison, at least in terms of quality and fit. But I was surprised to learn later on that a higher price tag goes way beyond things like that.
Refinery29 asked AG, Big Star Denim, and a few other designer brands what gives when it comes to premium jeans and the answers are pretty illuminating. The key differences include: