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Measuring Yourself for Jeans

  • Measure your hips and waist a bit loosely with a flexible measuring tape. It's a lot easier if a friend helps you.
  • To measure your hips, circle the tape around the fullest part of your body, between your waist and the top of your thighs.
  • Some brands use your low-waist measurement, which is usually a couple of inches greater than your natural waist.
  • The actual jeans size that you take will (for some brands) typically be one size higher than what the tape says.
  • Measure your inseam from the crotch down. It's easier to do this directly on a pair that fits you well.
  • They should fit perfectly where you are the largest. Other measurements can always be modified.
  • Refer to the seller's sizing chart to find the size that is best for you in any specific brand.

You can also save yourself a great deal of time by measuring the main parameters on a pair that fits you well. Do this on a flat surface, carefully flattening out the jeans in the direction that you are measuring.

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Measuring Low Risers

Remember that the rise or crotch to waist measurement of a standard pair of jeans is 10 to 12 inches. The earlier versions of low rise jeans had a rise of about 7 inches, and the ultra low risers have fallen to 3 or 4 inches in rise. Some Brazilian jeans manufacturers advertise 2 inch zippers (probably a 3 inch rise). Low rise jeans in general should always be much higher in the rear than in the front. Every brand handles this differently, even from one model to another. A difference of up to 3" or even 4" from the front rise to the back rise should not surprise you.

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