Finding the right pair of jeans can often become a hassle when you are unsure what sizes correspond to your body shape. The task is further complicated by the jean manufacturers; the website reports companies often make sizes an inch or two larger than they are supposed to be. But by first figuring out your actual jean size, and then trying the jeans on, you can make the chore of shopping for well-fitting clothes a little easier.

Things You'll Need

Beginning Steps for Either Gender

Find a good-fitting pair of jeans that you like to wear, making sure that they are both comfortable and flattering for your body type.

Place the jeans down flat on a table or other smooth surface. Completely button or zip the pant.

Measure the waist of the pant. Wrap a tape measure around the top of the pants (where belt loops are typically located) but make sure to measure the inside of the pants and not the outside.

Continuing Steps for Men

Measure the inseam length of your pant, which is the length from the crotch region of the pant to the very bottom of the pant leg.

Find the size that corresponds to both your waist and inseam measurements. You should find your size relatively easy, as jean sizes are listed as waist measurement by inseam measurement. So if you are 34 inches in the waist and your inseam measures 36 inches, your size will be 34 x 36.

Try the jeans on to make sure that they fit well on your body. If shopping online, make sure to keep your receipt in case they do not fit as well as you’d like.

Continuing Steps for Women

Measure your height.

Review the following jean sizes for women, based on your waist circumference:
Size 4 or Extra Small: 25.5 inches
Size 6 to 8 or Small: 26.5 to 27.5 inches
Size 10 to 12 or Medium: 28.5 to 30 inches
Size 14 to 16 or Large: 31.5 to 33 inches
Size 18 or Extra Large: 35 to 37 inches

Review the following jean sizes for women in terms of jean length:
Petite: 4-foot-11 to 5-foot-4
Regular: 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7
Tall: 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-11

Try jeans on to ensure that you have configured the right size. If you are 29 inches in the waist and 5-foot-3, you will want to try on a petite size 10 or 12.