How to Measure Jeans: Your At-Home Guide

Measure your jeans with this guide, for the perfect fit when ordering online.

How to Measure Jeans

Men's Jeans

With just a piece of chalk and a sewing tape, you can measure your old pair of jeans and make sure the new pair you are ordering fits perfectly. Measure your waist, both rises, thigh, knee, hem and inseam in under 4 minutes.

This is How to Measure Jeans: Your At-Home Guide.

In this article, I will show you how to measure your jeans so you can order your next pair online and not worry if they will fit. 

Jeans are like any other piece of clothing. They vary in size from brand to brand and can even change in size from year to year within a brand.

You can do this step-by-step guide to measuring your jeans all by yourself. There is no need for a partner, wife, husband or mother to lend a helping hand.

 All you need is a little bit of patience and these:

  • A pair of jeans (or pants) that fit you properly 
  • A flat surface (desk, table, floor)
  • A sewing tape (your measuring tape from the shed will work if no sewing tape can be found)
  • Chalk 

How to Measure Jeans 

While your measuring your jeans you may also want to bring out other pieces of your wardrobe to make sure your online order is perfect.

How to Measure Jeans Waist 

  1. Button up the jeans you are using.
  2. Lay the jeans flat.
  3. Smooth the top waistband with your palm.
  4. Measure from one side to the other.
  5. Take that measurement and multiply it by 2.
  6. This is your waistband size measurement.

How to Measure Jeans Hip Size

  1. Keep jeans in the same flat position.
  2. Start by measuring 2-3 inches up from the crotch stitch (keep in mind all brands differ on this number.)
  3. From that point above the crotch stitch, measure side-ways from hip to hip.
  4. This is your hip size measurement.

How to Measure Jeans Front Rise

  1. Keep jeans in the same flat position.
  2. Measure from the bottom of the crotch stitch, along the zipper, to the top of the waistband.
  3. This is your front rise measurement.

How to Measure Jeans Back Rise

  1. Flip jeans over into identical position, but reversed.
  2. Measure from the bottom of the crotch stitch to the top of the waistband.
  3. This is your back rise measurement.

How to Measure Jeans Thighs

  1. Flip the jeans back over and smooth them out.
  2. Measure from the inside of the crotch to the outside of the leg.
  3. This is your thigh measurement.

If your needing to take the thigh measurement from your body, use our How to Measure Thighs guide.

How to Measure Jeans Knee

  1. Keep the jeans in the same flat position, smoothing out one leg.
  2. Measure 13 inches down from the inside of the crotch on one side.
  3. Make a mark with chalk 13 inches down the pant leg.
  4. Measure the width of the knee at that mark.
  5. This is your knee measurement.

How to Measure Jeans Hem Width

  1. Keep the jeans pant leg flat.
  2. Go to the bottom of the pant leg, the “hem.”
  3. Measure from one side to the other.
  4. This is the hem measurement.

How to Measure Jeans Inseam

  1. Keep jeans in the same position
  2. Place tape inside the crotch.
  3. Measure all the down to the end of the leg.
  4. This is the inseam measurement.

Read our guide on How to Measure Your Inseam on Jeans for more insight.

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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