How to measure jeans' rise inseam & waist

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How to measure jeans' rise inseam & waist
Measure a well-fitting pair of jeans. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

When you buy a new pair of jeans, you want them to fit perfectly. Particularly in cases where you might be ordering jeans online or through a catalogue and won't be able to try them on before making a purchase, it will be useful to know what waist size, rise and inseam length fits you best. These numbers can be found by taking measurements from a pair of jeans you already own that fits well.

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  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Lay the jeans flat on the floor or on a tabletop with the front of the jeans facing upward. Close the zipper and button.

  2. 2

    Find the waist measurement by stretching the measuring tape horizontally across the waistband while the jeans are laying flat. After measuring, multiply the number by two to determine the full waist circumference.

  3. 3

    Measure the inseam by starting at the centre crotch seam, then measuring all the way down one leg to the hem. Be sure that the tape measure lays flat against the jeans to get an accurate measurement.

  4. 4

    Determine the front rise of the jeans by measuring from the centre crotch seam up to the top of the waistband. To find the rear rise, flip the jeans over and measure from the centre crotch seam to the top of the waistband on the backside.

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