Short rise trousers are trousers that are cut to fit comfortably on people with shorter legs. Considered different from low rise pants that tend to hug the hips rather than the waist area, short rise pants provide a finished look that allows the trousers to fit properly around the waist while eliminating the potential for a baggy seat or crotch in the construction of the garment. Determining the proper rise is a necessary task when purchasing any type of pants, from jeans to chinos to dress slacks.
The rise is defined as the vertical measurement from the crotch to the waistband of a pair of pants. Ideally, the pants measurement will conform to the corresponding section of the body on the individual who will wear the garment. Since the rise will vary somewhat based on the height and build of the individual, there are three different types of rise that are commonly employed.
A regular rise is usually a good fit for people considered to be of average height and build. For people who are taller, a long rise is usually recommended. Short rise trousers and slacks are a better fit for men and women who are considered below average height.
It is important to note that short rise trousers are not the same as low rise pants, although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Short rise garments still seek to have the waist of the garment correspond with the natural waist of the individual who will wear the pants. By contrast, low risers will often have the waist of the garment rise no further than the hip region. The hip hugger bell bottom jeans of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s are an excellent example of what is meant by low risers.
When cut properly, short rise trousers minimize or eliminate the presence of bunching or bagging around the crotch and buttock areas. The end result is a more sleek and professional look that is appropriate for wear around the office as well as with casual wear such as jeans. Essentially, choosing short rise trousers allows shorter men and women to have the same well tailored look that is available to people who are of average height.
Since short rise trousers may be difficult to purchase, many people choose to purchase slacks, jeans, or trousers that are considered to be regular rise in their cut. A professional tailor can often alter the rise of these garments, making them fit properly for people who have a natural short rise.