Low-rise jeans feature a waistband that rests on the hips. They don't conform to the natural waist; in fact, they're made to sit well below the waist. They feature a shorter rise than just below the waist jeans, mid-rise or high-rise jeans.
Just below the waist jeans are designed with a waistband that sits right beneath the natural waist. These jeans feature a longer rise than low-rise jeans do.
Mid-rise jeans feature a waistband that sits between the hips and the navel, just below the natural waist. Mid-rise jeans cover more of the lower stomach than low-rise jeans do, but not as much as high-rise jeans cover.
High-rise jeans feature a waistband that fits above the natural waist. Generally, the waistband on high-rise jeans covers the navel.