6 Tips on How To Choose Jeans Size Correctly – The Only Guide You Need

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Do you want to know how to choose jeans size correctly?

The jeans in your closet are probably the one thing you wear the most. It’s easy to dress them up or down, they’re quite comfy, and they’ll always be in vogue.

But while they may be timelessly chic, they can also be a little tricky to buy—particularly if you’re not sure which size to choose. 

Luckily, we have some suggestions on how to find the right fit for your body type and lifestyle. In this article, we’ll go over the top six ways to make sure you get the best fit while shopping for them.

6 Tips on How To Choose Jeans Size Correctly – The Only Guide You Need

Choosing the right size of jeans takes a lot of factors and not just the two-digit numbers. You need to take special care of the shrinks, waistline comfort, and proper length to match your style.

It’s equally important to have proper and updated measurements before you go on a hunt for chic jeans.

To make it simpler, here are the six common factors to consider while choosing the right size of jeans. 

1. Choose the Size

The first thing you should remember is to choose jeans that are neither too tight nor too loose. If you don’t happen to have a measuring tape on hand, this easy hack can help you determine the correct size in no time.

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Place your jeans on a flat surface and wrap them around your neck at their button level by holding the ends of the waistband together with both hands. If they fit together naturally and easily, it’s likely a good fit for you. 

Just make sure there isn’t much extra slack when doing so – if there is more than an inch from where they overlap at one end to another side being held down by hand, go up or down in size until all the edges meet comfort when wrapped around the front neck area (not too tight).

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Now that we’ve learned how to choose jeans size for us, let’s look at how to measure the waist the right way.

2. Measure Your Waist

If you already have a pair of jeans that fits you perfectly, you can use the same measurements to find the right size in other brands. All you have to do is use tape to measure the waistband and double that number to get the waist size.

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If your waistband is made of elastic material, make sure not to stretch out too much because then your actual waist size will be bigger than what it actually should be, which would result in buying something that doesn’t fit well on you later on when it arrives at home. 

While if you don’t have one, you can measure your waist by putting the measuring tape right against your skin and going around your back and then to the front. 

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Besides, there is also an alternative hack without using a measuring tape; try this tip – Make a fist and bend your arm at the elbow to do this. Your arm should comfortably fit into a zipped-up waistline. 

This trick will only work if you wear jeans with a normal waist. Of course, there are different ways to measure different types of waistline jeans to get the right size. In the below section, we’ll see that.

Moving on, let’s check if the jeans are long enough.

3. Determine the Right Length

You can determine your inseam by measuring your leg length from the crotch down. It is better to start the measure from the point on your foot where you want your jeans to fall. If you like your jeans a little bit longer, then measure from the bottom of your foot to up above. 

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Try not to bend over to read the measurement. You can use a mirror instead or make a mark with the finger that is holding the measuring tape.

If you’re having trouble keeping the measuring tape in place, try sticking one end to your ankle and holding the other end at your crotch.

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Another way to figure out if your jeans are the right length is to hold the edges of the legs and put your arms out as far as you can.

If the middle of your jeans is right under your chin, you’ve chosen a great pair. An important point to remember is that the midpoint should be directly beneath your chin at neck level.

Next, let us see how to check the rise of the jeans.

4. Check the Rise of the Jeans

When you go shopping for jeans, it’s also important to know the rise of the ones you want. Choosing any rise jeans is mostly a matter of personal preference, but it’s worth noting that some rises will look better on your body type than others.

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Rise is the distance between the top of the waistband and the crotch. Even though this measurement isn’t as common as waist or inseam measurements, you might need it sometimes.

A low-rise jean is the one that sits 2 to 4 inches below your belly button. Mid-rise jeans sit just below your belly button, while high-rise jeans sit above your belly button, closer to your natural waist. 

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If you have to (or want to), then measure around where you’d like your jeans’ final resting place on your body before trying them on. This will help ensure that they’re comfortable to wear as per your choice.

5. Don’t Believe That Your Jeans Size Is Fixed.

The idea that your jeans size is fixed may have crossed your mind once or twice. 

Well, guess what? It’s not true.

The truth is that jean’s fit depends on the style, brand, and material of the pants you’re buying. This means the same size jeans can comfortably fit differently between different brands and styles.

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When trying on jeans in-store or online, inquire about sizing charts if you find yourself struggling with how to choose jeans size based on their measurements alone. Some brands prefer an inch-based sizing system (e.g., 29 x 34), while others choose numbers (e.g., 8 x 32). 

It’s a good idea to keep track of which brands fit true to size and which don’t. Also, when shopping online, check out customer reviews as well – this way, we can get an idea whether the jeans fitting is large or small compared with other options available.

6. Don’t Forget About the Stretchiness Factor

As you might have guessed, everyone’s body is different, and jeans are not all the same. Just like every other piece of jeans fabric, they can vary in terms of how much stretch they have and how long that stretchiness will last. 

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When looking for a new pair of jeans, it’s important to consider how much they could stretch (and if so, by how much). It’s entirely natural to put on a new pair of shoes while worrying that they could be too tight by the end of the second day.

You just need to figure out where exactly along this spectrum your jeans will fall so that you’re confident about both their fit right now and how they’ll feel down the road. 

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To do this, first, figure out what level of “stretchiness” feels good against your skin—then choose a size according to what feels best based on this measurement.

Generally speaking, if you’re buying something, especially skin-fitting jeans, choose one size smaller than your current size.

These styles tend to be tighter at first and looser with time owing to wear-and-tear caused by movement (i.e., sitting down). If something fits straight away, it will stretch and wear out quickly.

Wrapping up: How To Find Jeans Size

There you have it: the six tips on how to choose jeans size correctly for your body type. It might look complicated but can be made simple with the above easy tips.

Also, don’t make the common mistake of restricting yourself to waistline measures when shopping for jeans; instead, consider the length, stretch, and rise to decide what’s best.

Now that you’ve got everything covered, you can rest easy knowing that no matter where or how you shop for denim, it’ll fit like a glove.

Let us know in the comments if the above tips helped you find the right fit.

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Swaliha Baza, born and raised in Mumbai, India writes fashion-related blogs focusing on modest fashion. She provides readers with a wide selection of modest clothing ideas, outfit inspiration, and styling guides in order to assist them in finding the right modest style for themselves.

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