A perfect-fitting pair of pants will flatter your body and fit you very comfortably. But when shopping online, finding the right-sized pants can be difficult. However, knowing how to measure pants and knowing your inseam, hips, and waist measurements can be a great starting point in finding the right-fitting pants.
Quick steps to measure pants for men and women
- Waist – Start with measuring the waist width
- Hips – Then measure the hip width
- Thighs – Next, measure the fullest part of your thigh, generally right below your crotch
- Knees – Flex your knee and measure around it.
- Instep – Now measure the leg opening width
- Rise – Measure the front and back rise from the waist to the intersection of inseams
- Inseam – Measure the inseam length from the crotch to the hem of the pants
- Full length – Lastly, check the full length from the waist to the ankle
How to measure pants for men and women?
Pants have multiple measurements that need to be considered. If you prefer to watch the measurements, here’s a video that you can follow.
Let’s now go through the measurements step-by-step here. Use a pair of pants that already fit you well for these measurements. If you’re measuring your body instead of an existing pair of pants, please ensure that you take the measurements in your underwear for the most accurate measurements.
Step 1: Waist width
Lay your pant flat on a floor or table. Button up and zip the pants up. Now measure the waistband starting from one end, going around the pant, and back to the starting point. This will give you the waist measurement.
Step 2: Measure the hips
Now, spread the pants out flat and measure the widest part of the pant. Go from one corner of the pant to the other in a straight line.
Step 3: Measure the front and back rise
Spread the legs of the pant. For the front rise, measure from the waistband along the zipper up to where the inseam of both legs intersects.
For back rise, turn the pant over, and measure from the waistband along the inseam up to where both the inseams intersect. Record both measurements separately as some pant sizing charts may have these measurements for a better fit.
Step 4: Thigh width
Next, the thigh width is measured right below the crotch where the thighs are the widest. Measure around the widest part of your pant leg right below the crotch.
Step 5: Knee width
For this measurement, you may want to wear your pants. This is because some pants have stretchable fabrics and measuring the knees without flexing them can lead to a tight and uncomfortable fit.
However, if your pair of pants are not stretchable, you can take this measurement without wearing them too. If you’re wearing the pant, slightly bend your knee to ensure comfort when you’re walking or sitting.
Alternatively, lay the plant flat on the floor or table and spread the leg out completely. Measure the knee from one end, around the pant, and back to the starting point.
Step 6: Leg opening
The leg opening varies as it also determines the style of the pants. For example, a boot cut will have a wider leg opening while slim cut ones have a smaller leg opening.
Spread the leg opening evenly and measure around to get the circumference of the opening.
Step 6: Inseam length and outseam (full) length
Finally, measure the length of the pant. We’ll need both the inseam and outseam or the full length of the pant.
To measure your inseam, start measuring between the legs from the crotch to your ankles. The full length will be measured from the waistband to the ankle.
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Tips for getting the perfect pair of pants
- If you’re measuring an existing pair of pants that fit you well, lay them flat on a table or the floor and stretch them out fully for accurate measurement.
- Some pants may fit right at the waist but could be too long or too short. In case the waist fits perfectly well but the length is shorter, go for a larger size and take your pants to the tailor for hemming.
- It’s preferable to take measurements when wearing only your undergarments or body-fitting pants like Yoga pants.
- Pants fit differently depending on the style of fit you choose. So it’s worth trying the different styles like slim cuts or curvy cuts. You may also need to look at the type of material used and if it’s stretchable enough to give you some room.
FAQs about pant measurement
What does 30×32 pants mean?
Pants are measured by waist x length. The first number 30 is the size around the waist in inches. The second number 32 is the length of the leg or the inseam.
How do I measure my pants size men?
To measure your pants size, start by measuring the waist width. Then measure the hip width. Next, measure the fullest part of your thigh, generally right below your crotch. Now, flex your knee and measure around it for your knee width.
Now measure the leg opening width near your ankle. Measure the front and back rise from the waist to the intersection of the inseams. And finally, measure the inseam length from the crotch to the hem and the outseam (full length) from the waistband to the ankle.
Is 38 pants size 38 inches?
Yes, pant size 38 means the waistband is 38 inches in circumference.
Are pants sizes in cm or inches?
Pant sizes are generally measured in inches. So a size 36 pants will have a waist circumference of 36 inches.
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