How do you feel about shopping for jeans? We hear from a lot of women who love wearing denim but hate the process of trying to pick out a new pair of jeans for themselves. Part of the problem, we think, is a lack of understanding of how jeans are designed, sized, and marketed. Developing an understanding of jeans measurements and styles can help ensure that each and every pair you buy going forward will meet, and exceed, your expectations.
What Is the Inseam on Jeans?
The inseam on jeans is the measurement from the crotch to the leg opening on one side of the garment.
If you are unable to try on a pair of jeans at a store, you can take your measurements at home. To do this, you’ll need a soft measuring tape, and possibly the help of a friend:
1. Measure Yourself
Measuring your own inseam can be challenging, so we recommend getting assistance from someone else. Take off your shoes and put on a pair of pants or jeans that fit close to your body, leggings are an excellent choice. Position yourself against a wall and with legs straight, hold the beginning of the tape measure up against your crotch.
Allow the tape measure to fall down along your leg and ask your assistant to hold it to your mid-ankle. The tape should be flat against the inside of your leg but should not be pulled taut. The number next to your ankle is your inseam length.
2. Take Measurements from a Favorite Pair of Jeans or Pants
If you already own a pair of jeans that you like and fit you well, you can measure the inseam by yourself at home. Lay your jeans out flat on a table and use your measuring tape to measure from the crotch to the ankle.
Jeans and Denim Styles
While this measurement may seem straightforward, there’s a little more to it than just leg length. Jeans come in a range of styles, and the inseam length will determine where the bottom hem will hit your leg, ankle, or foot. If you are shopping for a pair of bootcut jeans to wear with heels, you’ll want a longer length than if you are shopping for ankle or boyfriend jeans.
Special Sizes: All of the jeans in our Ultimate Denim collection are available in standard misses, tall, petite, and plus sizes. This means that their inseams are proportionate to your height and body type. Full measurements are available for each garment and you can always contact one of our Comfort Specialists via phone or email for assistance in selecting the right size for you.
Do you feel as though you have a better understanding of jean inseams? Let us know in the comments!