How to Convert Women's Pant Sizes to Inches

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How to Convert Women's Pant Sizes to Inches
Women's trousers have separate measurements for the waist and hip circumferences. (Girl's back in jeans image by Vasyl Dudenko from

Women's trousers bear labels that range either from 0 to 22 or from XS (extra small) to XXL (extra large). Plus sizes are also available. In all cases, the label sizes correspond to inch counts in the waistline and hip width of the trousers. Although a universal system would be useful, the correspondence actually varies from one brand to the next. For example, Eddie Bauer's sizes 4 to 6 range from 26 to 27 inches in the waist and 36 to 37 inches at the hips, whereas American Apparel sells trousers in the same size range that range from 27 to 28 inches in the waist; American Apparel does not list hip measurements.

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  1. 1

    Choose the brand of trousers you wish to size. This will determine the inch measurements of the trousers.

  2. 2

    Visit the online home page for that brand.

  3. 3

    Navigate to the size chart. This may be in the customer service section, in a general info or about us section, or elsewhere on the website.

  4. 4

    Study the chart. The top row of the chart lists the label sizes. On the far-left column, find the rows that read "waist" and "hips," and follow those rows to the label column you wish to convert. In the intersecting field, you should find the inch count or ranged inch count of the trousers.

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