How to Size Men's Jeans

by Mason Howard ; Updated September 28, 2017

Finding a good pair of jeans that fits just right can be a challenge. Have your jeans custom tailored for your body measurements if you want a perfect fit. Standard men’s jeans are made using only the waist and length measurements. However, custom-tailored jeans use several additional measurements in order to adequately size the jeans to your own unique proportions. Many jean-supply companies as well as first-rate department stores and men’s clothing stores offer jean tailoring as a service.

Step 1

Measure your waist. Wrap the measuring tape around your natural waistline (running on your hips and just under your belly).

Step 2

Measure your hips and seat. Wrap the measuring tape around the middle of your hips and rear-end.

Step 3

Measure the front rise. Measure from the front-center of your natural waistline straight down to the center of your crotch.

Step 4

Measure the rear rise. Measure from the back-center of your natural waistline straight down to the center of your crotch.

Step 5

Measure your thighs. Wrap the measuring tape towards the top of one thigh and take a measurement at the thickest point.

Step 6

Measure your knees. Wrap the measuring tape around one leg (keeping the leg straight), at the center of your knee.

Step 7

Measure the outside seam. Measure from your natural waistline to just beneath your ankle.

Step 8

Measure the inside seam. Measure from your crotch to just beneath your ankle.


  • When taking body measurements, hold the tape so it is just taut; not so tight that it is pinching, but not too loose either. Pinch the tape together in your fingers to take a measurement. Do not put more than one finger between the tape and your body when pinching.

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  • Dale Davidson/Demand Media

About the Author

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.