Pants are commonly identified by three measurements – waist, inseam and hips. Sometimes the waist height is also measured. Knowing your size can save you a lot of time when shopping for pants.
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Basic rules for measuring
Use a tape measure.
Tailors, seamstresses, and clothing retailers use tape measures to measure clothing. These handy little helpers will be your best friends. But there are also other methods. If you measure with a tape measure, keep it taut but don’t stretch it. Measuring tapes are often made of soft synthetic material that can tear if pulled. You can also use a plastic measuring tape.
Wear pants that fit you well.
The best would be a pair of trousers that have not yet been worn or worn out. It should also be the right length. Stand up straight and let your arms hang down at your sides. Your legs should be comfortably shoulder-width apart. Your posture can affect the fit of the pants – to be able to take the measurements accurately. You should stand upright and still.
Lay the pants flat.
You can also measure them that way. That way, you don’t have to worry about the wrong measurements because you can’t measure everything when rotating the body. If possible, ask a friend for help. When you are standing upright, it is quite difficult or even impossible to take some measurements exactly, e.g., inseam length. A friend can be a great help with this. Optionally, you can stand in front of a full-length mirror. The mirror allows you to see yourself from a different perspective, and you may spot errors in measurement that you would not have noticed from your perspective. If your pants are wrinkled, it’s best to iron them first.
Measure your pants
Measure your pant size.
Lay the pants flat. You can also measure them that way. That way, you don’t have to worry about the measurements being wrong because you can’t measure everything when rotating the body. The front side should be up. The trousers fit correctly when the front top edge is slightly below the back.
Measure your waist
Stand upright in your underwear or tight clothing and measure your waist. Your waist is the narrowest point on your torso between your ribs and your belly button. You can find your waist by bending sideways, and where your torso “buckles” is where your waist is. Wrap the tape measure around your waist, keeping it parallel to the floor. Again, hold your finger between the tape measure and your body to avoid measuring too tightly. Don’t suck in your stomach, even if it’s very tempting; cheating won’t do you any good here. Keep the tape measure parallel to the floor. If you can’t find the waist, wrap your hands around your stomach and squeeze gently. If you’ve found the hip bone, you’ve found the waist. If you measure the pants and waist separately, you may find a difference between the two measurements.
Measure your hips
Hip measurements aren’t as important for men as for women, but if you’re having pants made, you should give them. Stand up straight with your legs hip-width apart. Measure the widest part of your hips. Make sure the tape measure is parallel to the floor. Try not to bend over when reading the measurements. Optionally, you can also measure the waist height. This isn’t strictly necessary when buying pants, but if you have your pants tailored, you can have the waist height altered. This is particularly recommended for men with a wide waist. Measure from the middle of the crotch to the waistband.
Measure your stride.
Put on a pair of jeans that fits you perfectly – they shouldn’t be too tight or too loose and should flatter your natural curves. Measure from the crotch down along the seam to the end of the pant leg. In addition to the waist, the inseam is an important measurement for men’s trousers. Put on a pair of well-fitting trousers and measure from the crotch along the seam to the end of the pant leg. If the pant leg isn’t a perfect fit, measure down to where you’d like it to be. It’s best to put on shoes when measuring to see where the pants sit and if you like the length. Ask someone for help, as it is impossible to measure the inseam yourself while standing upright. Inseam lengths are usually given in inches (30/32/34). You cannot measure the stride length alone without giving up your posture. Ask a friend for help.
Measure the height of the waistband.
Measure from the middle of the crotch to the waistband. Use a mirror to read the measurements, or bend your neck slightly to see the tape. You can also just hold the tape and take it off first before reading the spot. Women’s waistband is usually not measured unless it is a question of suit trousers etc. The waistband can be measured in different ways. Sometimes it is measured from the back waistband over the crotch to the front waistband.
It is best to wear pants that fit you well. This is the easiest way to measure your waist. The tailor measures your pants while you are wearing them. If you’re trying to figure out the size to buy a new pair of pants, put on your favorite pair.