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Men's clothing - what natural waist means


In the last twenty years, men have started wearing their pants lower on their torsos. No, I'm not talking about some ridiculous kid with his belt down by his knees, I'm talking about the fashion that has brought the proper wearing of pants down from the belly button towards the hips.

So the jeans you are wearing right now, assuming you bought them some time after the 1980s, have a very short rise, that is, the distance from the top of the waist band to the crotch. They are worn on your hips. If you tried to wear them any higher, you would probably talk in a high-pitched voice!


Men's dress pants have gotten a slight shortening in the rise in that time, but not as much. Dress pants, and suit pants, sit at what has been come to be called the *natural waist*. Your natural waist is about where your belly button is, or just slightly below. So, even if those rises aren't as high in dress pants as they were in the 1940s, or even the 1970s, they are still higher than in casual pants. So you will need to find your natural waist. No, it's not just under your armpits, stay with me on this!

The natural waist is the place where men have worn their pants on since the invention of pants, their waist. And on men without "love handles" or "beer bellies", this is the narrowest part of their torso. When men's bellies started getting big a few years ago, men got into the habit of wearing their pants below the waist, and letting their fat belly hang over it. Look at yourself. If your natural waist is wider than your hips, then I can't really blame you for wearing your pants where you do.

To measure your natural waist, measure at your belly button. Your pants should be around your obliques, just below your belly button.
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