Buying jeans in the right size is often easier said than done, especially since not all brands size their jeans identically. If you have a pair of jeans you love, you can figure out what that size is in other brands by measuring them and using those measurements when looking at a brand's size charts. In addition, you can make it easier to buy a pair of jeans that fits by measuring yourself and using that as a guide when shopping for jeans.
Determining the Size of a Pair of Jeans
1. Lay a pair of jeans flat on a workspace. To get accurate measurements, smooth out the jeans flat on the surface. Wrinkles can throw your measurements off.
- Button and zip up your jeans before beginning.
- If your waistband is made from elastic material, don't stretch it as you measure or you will inflate the waist measurement.
- Make a note of whether the jeans are labeled as "high-wasted" or "low rise." If the jeans are intended to sit somewhere besides your natural waistline, you need to know that before buying a new pair.
3. Check the inseam by measuring the length. The inseam is from the crotch seam down to the hem of the jeans; do not measure from the waist. It's often used by stores to help you find your size, especially in men's sizes. It's what's typically used to measure length for pants. Take the measurement down.
- Make sure the jeans are completely flat when taking this measurement.
4. Take the measurement from the crotch to the waist to get the rise. It's not as common to see this measurement as it is to see waist or inseam measurements, but you may need it sometimes.
- Some pant sizes may offer a "front rise" and "back rise" measurement. The front rise is from the crotch to the waistband in front, and the back rise is from the crotch to the waistband in back.