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How are jeans supposed to fit?

I have a pair of Old Navy "Sweetheart" cut jeans, which claim to sit "just below the waist". Is it normal to be hiking them up every 5 minutes to prevent exposure of butt-cleavage and unwanted draftiness, or do I need a smaller size? My age starts with a 3, in case there's an age-appropriate angle to answering.

I know it's a pretty trivial question, but I feel so out of touch with both sizing and current trends that I just don't have a clue.

Sat. Mar 29, 4:36pm

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ON jeans

They are supposed to fit an inch or so below the belly button. They shouldn't be riding down that far in the back unless they are hipster fit. You can buy some jeans with a lower rise in the front and a rise the comes up higher in the back to prevent panty peek.

Saturday, March 29, 2008, 4:42 PM

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one more thing

stretch jeans tend to be worse about this as opposed to 100% cotton

Saturday, March 29, 2008, 4:43 PM

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I have those same jeans, the 'sweetheart' cut, and I have found that they run really large. I usually wear a size 10 and I have a 6 in those jeans. So I think its not you, its the jeans.

Saturday, March 29, 2008, 5:16 PM

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Someone told me once that Old Navy, being a "less than designer" chain, (and I shop there, so I'm not being petty) does mass cuttings of their pants, so the ones on top may be an actual size 8 but the ones on the bottom shift and end up being comparable to a size 12, but with an 8 tag on them.

I can't ever buy pants there simply because the length is built for Amazons! We shorties don't stand a chance in there!!!

Monday, March 31, 2008, 9:12 AM

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Old Navy sizes are NEVER right for me - I always bring many pairs of pants into the dressing room in both a size larger and a size smaller.
Jeans should not be riding so low that you have to hike them up. Sounds like the cut is just wrong for your body shape.

Monday, March 31, 2008, 10:20 AM

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