Anatomy Of A Denim Jean

The key to finding body-loving denim lies in mastering its different parts, so you know what to check out when shopping for a pair. Our denim dictionary breaks down the elements that make a perfect pair.

Anatomy Of A Denim Jean

FIT is the way the garment conforms to your body, especially around the bum and thigh area. Slim fit jeans wear tight, while a relaxed fit is roomier in the hips and thighs.

LEG (#01) also known as the “cut”, refers to how the jeans are fashioned. Straight-cut / legged features a uniform fit throughout the length of the jeans. Boot-cut styles are fitted at the thighs then subtly flare out below the knee, which serves to balance a bottom-heavy proportion. Skinny jeans fit snugly through the legs, and taper down to a narrow leg opening. Wide-legged and flared jeans both feature roomy leg openings, but the former has a bigger cut through the leg, whereas the latter only begins to widen out below the knee. Trouser-style denims are patterned after dress pants and feature a cleaner, more tailored silhouette.

RISE (#02) is the area between the crotch and waist that determines where the waistband of your jeans will sit. A mid-rise is a classic style that sits at, or slightly below, your natural waistline and provides more coverage. Low-rise styles (also known as hipsters, hip-huggers, or lowriders) sit two (2) to three (3) inches below the waist, hitting at or just above the hip bone. Choose this rise if you want to elongate your torso or create a curvier figure. The high-rise, popularly known as the high-waisted variety, features a longer measurement and hits above the belly button, creating a long, lean look.

INSEAM (#03) is the leg length of a pant, measured in inches, and refers to the seam that runs between the crotch and the hem. The average inseam of most denims is thirty-two (32) inches, but if you’re petite or have short legs, you may want to get an inseam that measures thirty (30) inches.

WASH (#04) or rinse is attributed to the color and finish of the jeans. There are numerous washes to choose from. Among the most popular are dark wash, a deep blue color that’s especially slimming; sandblast or stonewash, which gives a weathered, worn-in look; and distressed, wherein frays, tears, bleached areas, and the like give denim a well-worn feel.



  1. axlppi

    May 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    bago knowledge to ha…
    salamats dito.

  2. Thess Enriquez

    May 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Didn’t know what they mean about low rise jeans until I read your post. Really informative, thanks!

  3. Joeyboy

    May 19, 2012 at 6:16 am

    I’ll remember this anatomy the next time I buy my pair of jeans. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Marie

    May 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    ayy, thanks much, I get lost sometimes when buying jeans…when I encounter the description, I really had to check..I don’t buy much low-rise cuts, nakakalaba ng muffin top lol, but I love bootlegs like the one in the photo.

  5. Jeanne M-K

    May 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    My fave cuts are boot leg and skinny. Learned lots here! Thank you! 😉

  6. Lizzie

    May 20, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Nice to know more about my jeans. this way, I can fully understand the type of jeans for me. 🙂 Now loving skinny!

  7. chrisair

    May 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

    great info, just new only some parts of the jeans today

  8. Argee

    May 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Great tutorial on jeans! I now appreciate jeans more though I rarely use them. lol

  9. Adriene

    September 7, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m definitely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

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