What Is Inseam Size?

What is inseam size? Learn everything you need to know about this measurement and its importance for a perfect fit in men’s and women’s pants with Kiwi Sizing.
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Last updated on July 8, 2024

There are quite a few dimensions to consider when choosing a pair of pants! Pants need to fit not just around your waist. They also need to be the right length– and that’s where knowing your inseam size comes in. But many shoppers, especially women, find themselves asking what is inseam size, and why does it matter? 

This important measurement will help your customers find a better fit, reducing returns and improving their overall satisfaction, so it’s important to give them the information (and the inseam size chart!) that they need.

Understanding Inseam Size

What is inseam size?

The inseam isn’t the overall leg length of a pair of pants. It refers to the length of the inner leg seam, running from the crotch to the bottom of the pant leg. Knowing your inseam size ensures a better fit, comfort, and overall appearance of your clothing. 

Most men’s pants are sold as standard sizes with waist and inseam measurements labeled on the garment. For example, if a pair of men’s jeans is labeled as “32×34,” that means a 32-inch waist and a 34-inch inseam. The inseam range on men’s pants typically goes from 28 inches to 36 inches or more, making it easier to find the right fit.

However, women’s clothing usually features arbitrary sizing. Sizes may range from 0 to 30 or more, but those numbers don’t actually represent anything about the actual measurements of the garment– including the inseam. This makes women’s pants much more challenging to fit, since one brand’s 12 may be another brand’s 16. So knowing your inseam size can be very valuable when you have it to compare to a product description!

Women’s pants also have a wider variety of styles and cuts than men’s pants tend to have. While women’s inseam lengths usually range from 26 to 34 inches, fashion trends like capris and clam diggers can result in shorter inseam measurements.

How to Measure Your Inseam Size

Measuring inseam size is straightforward and can be done two ways. You can either measure a pair of pants that fits you well, or you can measure directly on your own body. Either way, you will need a fabric measuring tape.

Measure Your Pants

Measuring your pants can help determine what the inseam size is.

Find a pair of pants that fit you well and measure their inseam length. Make sure the pants have a fit that you like and feel comfortable in. Lay these pants on a flat surface and smooth out any wrinkles or folds. Then, use measuring tape to measure the distance from the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg. This measurement is your inseam length.

Measure Your Inseam Directly

Stand up straight with your legs slightly apart. Have a close friend or family member help you measure from your crotch to the desired length on your ankle, where you want the pants to end.

Once you have this measurement, you can compare it to an inseam size chart to figure out where a particular pair of pants will fall on your ankle. 

Understanding Inseam Size Makes Shopping Easy

Knowing exactly what inseam size is and how to find it can make shopping easier, allowing your customers to quickly find pants that will fit well without the need for excessive trying on or returns.

An easy way to see the inseam size on a garment is useful for shoppers, and Kiwi Sizing is the tool you need to give them the information they need. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you give your customers the best shopping experience!

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