How to measure jeans/pants June 16, 2017 22:40 11 Comments

How To Measure:

Lay Jeans/Pants flat, face up and do not stretch or pull fabric.

  1. Waist: Measure flat across the back waistband from one side to the other with the natural dip. Double the number to get actual waist size.

  2. Inseam: Measure from the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg on the inside seam.

  3. Outseam: Measure from the bottom of the leg to the upper edge of the waistband.

  4. Leg Opening: Measure across the leg opening from side to side then double the number.

  5. Front Rise: Measure from the crotch seam to the top of the front waistband.

  6. Back Rise: Similar to the front rise, measure from the crotch seam to the top of the back waistband.

  7.  Hips: Measure across the base of the zipper from edge to edge then double the number.
The "Rise" Options: General Guidelines

Ultra-Low Rise:  7" Rise or Less.  Sits several inches below navel (waistband sits 4-5" below the navel), approx. 1-2" zipper.

  • Low Rise:  7 - 9 1/2" Rise.  Sits below navel (waistband sits 2-3" below navel), approx. 2 1/2 - 4 " zipper.

  • Mid-Rise:  9 - 11" Rise. Sits at or just below navel (waistband sits just below navel), approx. 4 1/2 - 6" zipper.

  • Classic Rise (High Rise):  10 1/2 -12" Rise. Sits just below the waist at the navel.

  • High Waisted:  12" Rise or Greater.  Sits at the waist, above the navel.


Whether a Jean/Pant is considered Ultra-Low, Low, Mid, Classic (High), or High Waist depends on the rise. The "rise" is the measurement from the crotch seam to the top of the front waistband. A lot of this measurement depends on the size and the manufacturer of the Jean/Pant. A small size jean/pant with a 9" rise will sit higher on the waistline than large size jeans/pants with a 9" rise. Each manufacturer has their interpretation of rise and what they consider to be Low, Mid, High, etc. Some jean/pant may have a long measured length but designed to sit low on the waist and therefore consider a "Low-rise".