How to Measure Inseam on Jeans: The Men’s Guide

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How to Measure Inseam on Jeans

Men's Jeans

Before you start measuring the inseam of your jeans you will first need to have a flat spot to work, a pair of your best fitting jeans or slacks on hand and finally a sewing tape. A sewing tape is the measuring tape tailors and seamstresses use because it allows you to get a proper measurement, unlike a carpenter measuring tape.

This is How to Measure Inseam on Jeans: The Men’s Guide.

Fellas, let me say right away, this article will be your saviour when coming to not only finding out how to measure the inseam on a pair of jeans

But it will also help you understand where the inseam is and why it’s so necessary to know this measurement, especially if you are a tall guy or female! 

Understanding how to measure the inseam on a pair of shorts, pants or jeans will help you buy a new piece of clothing, if you need to get them tailored or if you decide to get a pair of bespoke jeans made.

What is the Inseam on Jeans?

The inseam on your jeans is the length of the jeans from the crotch to the bottom of the pant leg. In the crotch, you need to find the upside-down ‘V’ connection point of the right and left legs.

How to Measure Inseam on Jeans

When measuring the inseam of your jeans at home, you will want to use the pair of jeans that fit you best.

Secondly, make sure you have a flat surface that is wide enough to cover the entire length of your jeans.

Finally, have a sewing tape (flexible measuring tape) to get these numbers accurately. 

Here is the step-by-step process on how to measure the inseam on your jeans:

1. Lay jeans flat

Lay your jeans down flat on a flat surface.

This is a photo of laying jeans flat to measure thier inseam

2. Fold your jeans

Fold your jeans so that each leg is on top of the other.

This is a photo of jeans being folded to measure thier inseam

3. Lift the top jean leg

Lift the top jean leg towards your waist and place them there. Be careful in placing the top pant as not to twist the crotch and remove any crease’s to get a better measurement.

This is a photo of lifting the top jean leg to measure thier inseam

4. Measure jeans inseam

Take a measuring tape and measure starting from the bottom of your pant leg, measuring up to the hem of your crotch. Make sure to measure it all the way down along the seam of the pants.

This is a photo of measuring jeans inseam

The number you will have after doing this measurement is your inseam.

Other measurements you will need while shopping online.

Men's Jeans Size Charts

Guys we come in all shapes and sizes, here are the jean size guides (with inseams) to help you make the right choices when purchasing.

  • Normal men
  • Tall men
  • Big & Tall men

Normal Men's Jeans Size Chart

For all my regular sized guys who have no issue in finding clothes that fit! Not all brands create the exact same jeans and measurements, this guide was taken from Levis.

Height Inseam
5'6" - 5'8" 30
5'8" - 6' 32
6' - 6-4" 34

Tall Men Jean's Size Chart

Tall guys here is a size guide from one of the leading Tall men’s clothing brands, American Tall. Also, check out our in-depth jean guide for shopping.

Size (US) Waist (US) Inseam (US)
32/36 32 36
34/34 34 34
34/36 34 36
34/38 34 38
36/34 36 34
36/36 36 36
36/38 36 38
38/34 38 34
38/36 38 36
38/38 38 38
40/36 40 36

Big & Tall Men's Jeans Size Chart

Big & Tall men this size guide was created with help from the leading big & tall clothing brand, Mr. Big & Tall. Also, check out our in-depth jean guide for shopping.

Size Waist Inseam
LT 40 42
XLT 40 46
2XT 48 50
3XT 52 54
4XT 56 58
5XT 60 62
6XT 64 66
7XT 68 70
8XT 72 74

How to Measure Inseam on Jeans FAQ

A 28 inch inseam is 28 inches long. This inseam will generally put your height between 5’4 to 5’7.

A 32 inch inseam means the length of your jeans from crotch to pant cuff is 32 inches long. This length means you are generally 5’8 or taller.

To measure a 30 inch inseam you will measure your jeans the same way as any other measurement length of inseam. Starting at the inner crotch place your measuring tape an run the tape down to your jean leg cuff.

Written and reviewed by:
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
I am 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) model and ex-athlete. Since I was a teen I had trouble finding clothes. I was too tall for off the rack and was too lean for Big & Tall.

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