What Are Low Rider Jeans?

Low-rider jeans sit on or below your hips.

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Low-rider jeans -- also called low rise or hip huggers -- sit on or below your hips. Low-rider jeans look amazing on some women, but they aren't always the most comfortable or flattering option. If you like the low-rider look, make sure it's appropriate for the occasion.


The rise of a pair of jeans is determined by the length of the zipper. Low-rise jeans have as little as 1 to 2 inches of zipper -- the zipper is basically just decoration in these jeans -- or as much as 3 to 4 inches of zipper. In contrast, mid-rise jeans (which sit at or just below your navel) have 5 to 6 inches of zipper, and high-rise jeans typically have 7 to 8 inches of zipper.


Low-rider jeans are too revealing for casual Friday at the office, but they'll definitely add sex appeal to a casual Saturday night. Low-rider jeans look particularly good on women with slender or short waists. Low-rider jeans may also fit some women better because the low cut means the pants only have to fit your hips, not your hips and waist. Finally, some women like the feel of low-rider jeans, because there's not as much fabric around your waist.


Low-rider jeans don't look good on everyone. Unless you're super skinny, you risk having a "muffin top," or flesh hanging over the edge of your jeans. Plus, it's pretty much impossible to bend over in low-riders without flashing your undies, or worse. Some low-riders are so low you can't even sit down in a chair without giving someone behind you a nice peek of butt cleavage.


Bend over in front of a mirror or a friend to see how much you bare in low-riders. Even if you don't seem to be revealing anything, make sure you're wearing cute underwear with low-riders in case you end up showing it off to the world. Don't choose a top that's too short -- you'll end up tugging it down all night. If you want extra coverage -- or want to hide a potential muffin top -- choose a long top or bring a sweater you can tie around your waist while you sit down. Low-rider jeans that are cut slightly higher in the back can also help you stay modest.


If low-rider jeans aren't for you, don't worry. Trends come and go, but you'll always look good in a classic mid-rise, which gives you more coverage and prevents muffin tops. You can also make your legs look longer by wearing high-waisted jeans, but beware -- high waists can also accentuate your tummy and bottom and make your torso look shorter.

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