How to Measure Jeans for that Perfect Fit

how to measure jeans

The first rule of buying secondhand jeans is to never choose a size based on your ‘usual’ size in your favourite brand or shop. The only true way to get the right size is to know your measurements and compare them to the measurements of the jeans.

The Simplest way to work out your measurements is to find an item of clothing that you have that fits you well and measure it. We measure our items flat and then double the waist and hip measurements.

You will need…

  • A flexible tape measure, or
  • A ruler and a long piece of string/ribbon/lace – or failing that, a belt
  • A pen and paper/your phone to write down the measurements
  • Your own Jeans that fit you well

Measuring the Waist

Make sure the buttons and zips are done up. Lay the jeans flat and pull the waist taught but not over-stretched. Measure from one side to the other. Make a note of your waist measurement.

Measuring the Rise

Next measure from the crotch seam to the top of the waistband in line with the fly. This is your front rise measurement.

Measuring the Hip

Next measure approximately 3″ up from the crotch seam up the fly. This is the point where we measure the hip width. Run the tape from edge to edge. This is your hip measurement.

how to measure hips

Measuring the Leg Length (inseam)

With the jeans still flat, gently pull the leg straight and measure from the crotch seam down the leg to the hem.

Thats all – now you have the most popular measurements!

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Little things to remember when you measure jeans…

  • Don’t forget you will need to double your waist and hip measurements
  • Keep the item as flat as possible
  • Keep the tape measure flat too
  • Write down your measurements
  • If you don’t have a tape measure you can use a piece of string or ribbon in the same way but after each measurement you’ll have to use a ruler to measure the string
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