How to size pants

Written by regina edwards
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to size pants
Standard sized trousers can be modified to fit any body shape. (measuring image by anna karwowska from Fotolia.com)

Clothing manufacturers vary sizes according to brand and style. Take your own measurements to get a customised fit for trousers, tailor your trousers or customise a pattern to sew your own trousers. Many brands have general, regular sizes for women between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-10, with adjustments for the "petite" and "tall" builds. Children's trousers sizes can vary according to body proportions as they grow. You can save money and widen your options by purchasing standard-sized trousers and tailoring them to fit your body measurements.

Measure the following dimensions with a loose hold on your tape measure:

Natural waist

Top of foot to crotch (for your inseam measurement)

Natural waist to top of foot (for the overall length)

Write down the following measurements:

Height

Waist

Inseam

Length

Check whether your height measurement puts you in the "regular" build category by comparing your height and waist measurements against your brand's size chart. For example, JC Penney's men's size chart for a regular build (of height 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11) is:

Regular small: Waist = 28 to 30 inches

Regular medium: Waist = 32 to 34 inches

Regular large: Waist = 36 to 38 inches

Regular extra large: Waist = 40 to 42 inches

Regular extra large: Waist = 44 to 46 inches

Check whether your height measurement puts you in the "tall" build category by comparing your height and waist measurements against your brand's size chart. For example, JC Penney's men's size chart for a tall build (of height 6 feet to 6-foot-3) is:

Tall medium: Waist = 32 to 34 inches

Tall large: Waist = 36 to 38 inches

Tall extra large: Waist = 40 to 42 inches

Tall extra large: Waist = 44 to 46 inches

Measure your pant leg according to your inseam and length. Fold and hem accordingly.

Measure the following dimensions with a loose hold on your tape measure:

Natural waist

Hips

Top of foot to crotch (for your inseam measurement)

Natural waist to top of foot (for the overall length)

Write down the following measurements:

Height

Waist

Hips

Inseam

Length

Compare your height measurement against the "build" category in your brand's size chart. For example, JC Penney's misses size chart has the following build categories:

Petite: Height = 4-foot-11 to 5-foot-3

Regular: Height = 5-foot-3 1/2 to 5-foot-7 1/2

Tall: Height = 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11

Ultra tall: Height = 5-foot-11 1/2 to 6-foot-2

Compare your waist and hip measurements against your brand's size chart according to your build category. For example, JC Penney's misses size chart for regular, tall and ultra tall builds uses the same size chart:

Size 0 (extra small): Waist = 24 inches and hips = 34.5 inches

Size 2 (extra small):: Waist = 25 inches and hips = 35.5 inches

Size 4 (small): Waist = 26 inches and hips = 36.5 inches

Size 6 (small): Waist = 27 inches and hips = 37.5 inches

Size 8 (medium): Waist = 28 inches and hips = 38.5 inches

Size 10 (medium): Waist = 29 inches and hips = 39.5 inches

Size 12 (large): Waist = 30.5 inches and hips = 41 inches

Size 14 (large): Waist = 31 to 32 inches and hips = 42.5 inches

Size 16 (extra large): Waist = 33.5 inches and hips = 44 inches

Size 18 (extra large): Waist = 35.5 inches and hips = 46 inches

Size 20 (extra large): Waist = 37.5 inches and hips = 48 inches

Measure your pant leg according to your inseam and length. Fold and hem accordingly, if needed.

Measure the following dimensions with a loose hold on your tape measure:

Natural waist

Hips (for your seat)

Top of foot to crotch (for your inseam measurement)

Natural waist to top of foot (for the overall length)

Write down the following measurements:

Height

Waist

Seat

Inseam

Length

Compare your child's height, waist and seat measurements to identify the "build" category in your brand's size chart. For example, JC Penney's kid's size chart has the following guidelines for build categories according to frame and body proportions for boys and girls (note: the difference between the waist and seat can be greater for girls):

Slim: Small frame and thin body where the waist is about 5 to 6 inches less than the seat

Regular: Average frame and proportions where the waist is about 4 to 5 inches less than the seat

Plus or husky: Fuller body in proportion to height where the waist measurement is greater than 27 inches and is about 4 to 6 inches less than the seat.

Compare your child's waist and seat measurements against your brand's size chart. For example, JC Penney's kid's regular (build) size chart is:

Girls size 7 (small): Waist = 23 inches and seat = 27 inches

Girls size 8 (small): Waist = 23 inches and seat = 29 inches

Boys size 8 (small): Waist = 23 inches and seat = 27 inches

Girls size 10 (medium): Waist = 24 inches and seat = 29 inches

Boys size 10 (medium): Waist = 24 inches and seat = 28 inches

Girls size 12 (medium): Waist = 25 inches and seat = 31 inches

Boys size 12 (medium): Waist = 26 inches and seat = 30 inches

Girls size 14 (large): Waist = 26 inches and seat = 34 inches

Boys size 14 (large): Waist = 27 inches and seat = 32 inches

Girls size 16 (large): Waist = 27 inches and seat = 36 inches

Boys size 16 (large): Waist = 28 inches and seat = 34 inches

Measure your pant leg according to your inseam and length. Fold and hem accordingly.

Tip

All brands vary slightly in sizing. Check the sizing chart for your specific brand or store (such as Gap or Old Navy). Buy trousers that fit in the waist and rise and take them in (i.e., tailor them) along the leg seams and bottom hem, if needed.

Tips and warnings

  • All brands vary slightly in sizing. Check the sizing chart for your specific brand or store (such as Gap or Old Navy).
  • Buy trousers that fit in the waist and rise and take them in (i.e., tailor them) along the leg seams and bottom hem, if needed.
Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.