How to Measure Waist for Men's Jeans by Tapered Menswear

How to Measure Waist for Men's Jeans

Finding the perfect size of jeans can be a real puzzle sometimes. The quest for the fit in mens denim can feel daunting, with all the confusion, about measurements and sizes. So most men end up sticking with one brand with the confidence the fit will be spot on.

In this blog I will tell you everything you need to know about how to measure your waist for mens jeans and show you the best fitting jeans for men right here at Tapered Menswear with our Athletic Fit Jeans.


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How Do I Know My Waist Size for Men's Jeans?

Understanding your waist size is crucial. Although standard measurements may seem straightforward enough they can easily be misinterpreted.

I’ll dive into a step-by-step guide on accurately measuring your waist, making sure you start your jean-buying journey on the right note!

How Do I Measure Myself for Jean Size?

Measuring yourself is unsurprisingly the first step in nailing the fit. Get this wrong and you’ve got yourself an unwanted pair of jeans that you will inevitably have to return.

By taking accurate measurements of your waist, inseam, and hips, you can confidently select the right size of jeans. 

Let's break it down step-by-step guide to help you measure yourself accurately:

Step 1: Gather Your Tools

Before you start, get yourself a soft measuring tape. Does it matter? It certainly does! A soft tape measure is more flexible and accurate for body measurements compared to a rigid, metal one. 

measuring tape to measure waist

Step 2: Measure Your Waist

Find Your Natural Waist: Stand up straight and locate your natural waistline, which is the narrowest part of your waist, typically an inch above your belly button.

Wrap the Measuring Tape: Wrap the measuring tape around your natural waist. Ensure the tape is parallel to the floor and not twisted.

Don’t Pull Too Tight: The tape should be snug but not digging into your skin. It's crucial not to hold your breath or suck in your stomach during this process.

Record the Measurement: Look at the number where the tape meets the zero end. This is your waist measurement.

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Step 3: Measure Your Inseam

Position the Tape: To measure your inseam, you’ll need to measure from the top of your inner thigh down to your ankle. It's easier if someone helps you with this step.

Start at the Crotch: Place the end of the measuring tape at the base of your crotch.

Extend to the Ankle: Run the tape along the inside of your leg down to your ankle bone. The number where the tape reaches your ankle is your inseam measurement.

Step 4: Measure Your Hips

Find the Widest Part: Your hip measurement is taken around the widest part of your hips and buttocks. Stand with your feet together to find this spot.

measuring the hips for mens jeans

Wrap the Tape Around Your Hips: Hold the tape at one hip and wrap it around the other hip and back to where you started. Ensure the tape is level and snug but not tight. Jot down your measurement.

Step 5: Check the Sizing Chart

Once you have your waist, inseam, and hip measurements, compare them to the sizing chart of the brand or store where you plan to buy your jeans.

Remember, sizes can vary slightly between brands.

Seems like a lot right? But remember you want to make sure you get the jean fit spot on!

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How Do You Measure Your Waist for Jeans in the UK?

When it comes to measuring your waist for jeans, in the UK the process is identical to other countries. But there is one thing you should keep in mind.

In the UK inches are commonly used for clothing measurements whereas centimetres are more common in the US and others. This variation in measurement units is the main difference to be aware of.

From my experience also in the UK and Europe, we prefer a closer fit, so although the measurements might be the same, the definition of fit is likely to be different.

For example a "slim fit" here in the UK will be tighter than a slim fit in the US.

How Much Bigger Should My Jeans Be Than My Waist?

The question of how much bigger your jeans should be than your actual waist size is completely down to you. This difference, often referred to as "ease," is a critical factor in ensuring your jeans fit well without being too tight or too loose. 

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So what is ease? 'Ease' refers to the extra room in a garment beyond the body's measurements. Without proper ease, jeans can restrict movement, cause discomfort and sometimes distort the fit.

For example, too much ease will create a baggy, and personally I think this is pretty unflattering.

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But why does ease even matter? Well for starters proper ease ensures comfort when sitting, walking, or bending. The right amount of ease contributes to the overall look and fit of the jeans, complementing your body shape.

Also, remember that throughout the year our bodies can fluctuate in size. A little ease can accommodate minor weight changes.

But remember this is down to personal preference. If you prefer a snug fit the jeans will require less ease. For instance, skinny jeans often will have less ease compared to relaxed or straight-fit jeans.

Another factor is fabric type.. stretch fit jeans can be closer fitting (less ease), as the fabric provides more flexibility. Non-stretch denim will require more ease for comfortable movement.

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How to Measure and Calculate Ease

By now you should have already got your waist measurement based on my step by step guide. Next check the waist measurement of the jeans.

Calculate the difference between the two and voila, you have your ease! For example, if your waist is 32 inches and the jeans are 33 inches, there is 1 inch of ease.

Guidelines for Ease in Jeans

Slim and Skinny Jeans: Generally, these styles should have an ease of about 0.5 to 1 inch as they are meant to fit closer to the body.

Regular or Straight Cut: A standard fit might have an ease of around 1 to 1.5 inches.

Relaxed or Loose Fit: These styles can have an ease of 2 inches or more for a baggier feel.


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What is the Arm Trick for Jeans?

The Arm Trick is an unconventional yet popular method used to estimate jean size without a measuring tape. This trick involves using the length of your arm as a proxy for your waist size. 

Here's how it works:

Firstly bend your arm, a little bit like your flexing but not all the way, so bend your elbow and make a fist. Then measure the waistband with your arm, one side of the waist will be your elbow then the other side will be your fist.

If your arm fits snugly inside the waistband the jeans are likely a good fit for your waist.

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This trick is based on the general correlation between a person's arm length and their waist circumference. But it's not totally accurate obviously because everyone comes in different shapes and sizes.

Some people may have longer arms relative to their waist size, or vice versa. Therefore, while the Arm Trick can give a quick estimate, it's a lazy man's version of trying them on or measuring yourself! 

Does the Neck Trick Work for Jeans?

The Neck Trick is another quick estimation method for finding the right size of jeans, similar to the Arm Trick, but it uses the circumference of your neck.

The idea is based on the assumption that your neck circumference is roughly half of your waist circumference. 

While this trick can provide a quick ballpark figure, it's not highly accurate due to the significant variation in body proportions among different individuals. Some may find a close correlation between their neck and waist sizes, while others may not.

Factors like body shape, muscle distribution, and weight can all affect the accuracy of this method.

Therefore, while the Neck Trick can be a handy tool in a pinch, especially in situations where you can't try on jeans or don't have a measuring tape, it should be used with caution.

For the best fit, taking actual measurements or trying the jeans on is always recommended.

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Find the Right Size Jeans Without Trying Them On Here at Tapered Menswear

The best fitting jeans for men are exclusively at Tapered Menswear. Guys shouldn’t struggle to find jeans that fit and take them to a tailor.

Over a two year period, our team of leading tailors and industry experts have pioneered unique Tapered fit jeans that seamlessly mould to your build.

Our revolutionary fit allows sufficient room for the quads, glutes and calves whilst tapering in at the ankle. 

Cut from heavyweight stretch denim in our signature Tapered fit, our Tapered Fit jeans are designed to enhance your muscular physique by moulding to your quads whilst seamlessly fitting your shape.

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Our revolutionary fit allows sufficient room for the quads, glutes and calves whilst tapering in at the ankle. 

Extra room in thighs and tapered at the ankle, no need to size up.


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