Finding Your True Pants Size

Measuring Tape

Get a soft measuring tape, a full length mirror and let’s get to business. Oh yeah, and you might want to be undressed or lightly clothed. Now pull your head out of the gutter and let’s begin our lesson on finding your correct pants size so we never have to see your plumber’s crack or ankle length floods again.

First you want to measure your waist size. Measure where you would ideally wear your pants. Put one finger between your body and tape. This is your waist size so jot it down.

Next let’s get to your hips. Stand with your legs about 5 to 6 inches apart. Measure the broadest part.

Inseam is critical for menswear. You’ll need to find someone trustworthy to measure from your crotch to the top of your shoe and again at just above the back of the heel, which is the ideal places for your pants to end. If you only have buddies who are going to bust a gut when you ask them, find a pair of pants that already fits you correctly and measure them from the crotch to the seam to avoid embarrassment and harassment.

While we’re here, we might as well mention your belt size. Wrap the tape over that same pair of well fitted pants or you can just order the belt one size larger than your waist.

And there you have it. You should never have to deal with ill fitting pants again.

Photo courtesy of Dora Mitsonia.

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