Men’s Trousers: How to Choose the Right Rise

When it comes to upgrading your style, you want to understand some of the terms that pertain to clothing. In this guide, we’ll be talking about terms in relation to trousers, and the specific term we’ll be discussing is the rise.  

You’ll learn how to choose the right one for your best fit and style. Once you finish this guide, you’ll have a better understanding of what the rise is. You’ll know the difference between low, mid, and high rise. 

Ready to get started? Great, let’s talk more about finding the right rise for your next pair of trousers (and beyond).  

What is the Rise? 

The rise of trousers is defined as the distance between the waistband and the crotch seam. This will be critical to the overall fit and comfort. Now that you have a clear definition of what the rise is, we will explain the different types that you can choose from. 

Here’s a look at what they are: 


Low-rise trousers will sit below the natural waistline and will typically be associated with a more casual style. If you are looking for something that’s fashionable and trendy, you can choose this kind of rise for your trousers. For example, Berle’s Polyester Wool Tropical Self Sizer Pleated Short Rise Trousers are a good example of low-rise. 

Before you make a decision, you want to choose styles that are well-fitted while preventing tightness. If you have a slim or athletic build, this type of rise will be a great fit. It will accentuate the hops while elongating your legs.  

Be sure to pair it with casual shirts or t-shirts for something that is laid back and contemporary. 


Also known as regular rise, this type strikes a balance between low and high rise. This will sit around the natural waistline. What makes this stand out is the versatility of it for different body types.  

Meaning it will fit with a wide variety of body sizes and occasions. For this reason, it will be an excellent choice for many men. Berle has mid-rise trousers including the 8 Wale Luxury Italian Corduroy - which can be an excellent fit for dress casual purposes. 

Men with average build will benefit greatly from mid-rise trousers to provide a silhouette that’s flattering while preserving comfort. Mid-rise pants will sit at the waist while making sure your movement isn’t restricted. You can wear this at the office or even at a laid-back social event.  

In terms of pairing, you can match mid-rise trousers with a polo or button-down shirt, whichever is great for your personal preferences. Either way, you can sport an appearance that is polished and sophisticated. 


This type of trousers will sit above the natural waistline. These are often associated with an aesthetic that is vintage. This type of rise was more prominent in men’s fashion during the 20th century.  

Some of the fashion trends today exude the concept of “what’s old is new again”. Meaning that high rise is making a comeback and growing in popularity. High-rise trousers offer something that is refined and elegant - which can be perfect for professional and formal occasions. 

Men who have fuller or rounder body types can enjoy the benefit of wearing high-rise trousers. They can enjoy excellent support and coverage while it emphasizes the waist and elongates the legs. It can be paired well with a dress shirt and a blazer if you want something more polished or sophisticated.  


Choosing the right rise will require you to mull over various considerations.  If you are planning on putting together an ensemble, it may be a good idea to decide what the occasion is for. A professional setting will be great for mid and high-rise pants.  

Once again, it comes down to your body type. The same applies if you’re looking to choose trousers for a casual setting. Either way, the major decision will come down to which rise will fit you best based on your body type (i.e. - larger body types will be a better fit for high-rise pants). 

At Berle, we know that you’re looking for the perfect pair of trousers. You can find one that is a good fit for your body type and size. Even better, you’ll be able to choose between several different types of trousers - including tailored fits that will ensure a perfect fit. 

Want to see what Berle has to offer? Check out our catalog and see what’s the best fit for your wardrobe.