Mum on the Run – Showing you the different rise on 7 different pairs of jeans

Today’s post is slightly different but hopefully one which you will find useful.  Lots of you have been discussing jeans and in particular high waisted vs low waisted.  So, I thought that I would show you the different “rise” on some of the jeans that I own, with guidance as to comfort. 

To be meaningful, I needed to mark my tummy button which I did with a series of stickers provided by our youngest – the real thing is not a pretty sight after three babies! Obviously my proportions will not be the same as everyone else’s but real jeans on a real body should go some way to acting as a guide for you. 

Proportionately I do have fairly generous thighs in so far as my top half is very neat in comparison.  Even though I have friends who are much larger than me, their legs are slimmer and I quite often have to reject trousers on the basis that they can’t accommodate me – not so with the brands detailed below.  I thought that I would highlight this, should it also be an issue for you.

So, here goes!

1. High Waisted Skinny Jeans from GAP

So, this is the first pair, the high waisted skinny jeans from GAP. Sorry, I forgot to do a close up shot but I think that you can get the gist from the above photo. I found that I needed to go up a size in these. I love the high rise and they are currently my most comfortable jeans.

2. Real straight jeans from GAP

Clearly these sit lower. Being a straight jean they are less tight than a skinny fit and a good compromise between a skinny jean and a boot cut.

3. Cos skinny grey jeans

Probably marginally higher than the straight leg GAP jeans but still fairly high waisted and very comfortable too.

4. Teal Warehouse Skinny Jeans

These are surprisingly high waisted for Warehouse jeans and I find them really comfortable. 

5. River Island Pale Green Skinnies

Probably the lowest of all of the jeans so far, but really still not that low compared to many of the jeans out there. 

6. Mango Martha Flares

These are fairly low waisted but they are still high enough so that if I bend over, there’s nothing on show that I wouldn’t want to be on show. 

7. GAP long and lean

The length of these jeans requires a lower heel but I kept the high ones on for the sake of consistency.  These are now probably my least favourite – I used to love them but I think that I have got used to the higher waist on the GAP high rise skinnies and the Cos grey ones too.

So, low rise vs high rise?  I have to say that I am of the high rise persuasion.  I like the support and comfort that they offer but then I am a girl who likes to wear a vest tucked in too!

It’s a case of each to their own with jeans in terms of style and cost.  Some ladies love to invest in more expensive brands, others don’t either feel the need and/or have the budget to do so.

There are lots of other brands and styles that I would like to feature – some of the Topshop ones are great (Jamie skinny are high waisted), their Leigh style, which are slightly more jegging like.  I would also like to show you some of the Boden styles, which are fairly high waisted and they do a wide leg style too.  Oasis Scarlett are great for those who get that gaping going on at the back and the Hobbs bootleg fit lots of shapes – but they are a bit short in the leg if over about 5ft 5″.

If you like what you see, let me know and I will do another post with different brands.  I am open to suggestions! 

After all the above photos had been taken, our youngest wanted to get in on the act and take some – so this is what she saw, poor child!



  1. schoolgatestyle
    April 13, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Great post – really interesting. And for the record – you are teeny tiny! OMG your super slim legs are to die for – nothing generous about them! #jealous

    • StyleGuile
      April 14, 2012 / 5:16 pm

      Hi Avril – if you saw me with no tights, mini skirt and flat shoes with ankle straps you would soon change your opinion – but thanks for the vote of confidence! Glad you liked the post. x

  2. Crafty Cow
    April 13, 2012 / 9:39 pm

    Really interesting and informative post! I would love to see more styles and shapes, particularly on some larger ladies (although not sure if you would be able to find willing volunteers!) being a curvy size 16. Jeans are the one thing that many of us find the most difficult to get right!

    • StyleGuile
      April 14, 2012 / 5:19 pm

      So pleased that you liked the post. I would love to do more posts along similar lines – as you say though it's a question of volunteers. Perhaps I could get lots of size 16 ladies to go and try on a pair of jeans in a shop and send a photo to me so that we could do a comparison. Any volunteers out there?!!

  3. Anonymous
    April 14, 2012 / 7:39 am

    Love your blouse but cant seem to see where it is from. Have I missed it?

    • StyleGuile
      April 14, 2012 / 5:17 pm

      Hello! Sorry, I should have said, it was from Gerard Darel but I bought it at Bicester about 3 years ago so not sure they would be available now.

  4. Izaskun Perez de Carcamo
    April 14, 2012 / 10:03 am

    Really interesting post but I don´t think your thighs are generous. I agree with Crafty Cow, is not easy to find jeans for my hips.

  5. StyleGuile
    April 14, 2012 / 5:22 pm

    I think that jeans are difficult whatever your age/size/shape – have you tried the Gap curvy ones or the Oasis Scarlet? They are very good for curvy hips. Good luck!

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