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How To: Find your Waist and Inseam For Pants

Do you know what your exact pant measurements are? Knowing about your Inseam and Waist measurements makes shopping for your pants a breeze. With the growing of so many brands globally identifying the perfect fit begins with understanding and accurately measuring the waist size and pant inseam. 

Whether you are shopping for outdoor pants, dress pants, or jeans, the importance of obtaining your waist size cannot be overstated. A consistently ill-fitting waist and inseam can lead to discomfort rather than a polished appearance. However, armed with the right knowledge and tools, you'll be able to confidently measure your waist and inseam, making the perfect choice for your next pair of pants while shopping.

What you'll need:
  • Soft Measuring Tape
  • Something to write your measurements down

What is an Inseam? 

The inseam is the distance from the bottom of the crotch stitching—directly between your legs—down to the bottom of the leg opening


There are 2 ways to measure your Waist and inseam. Either pull your favorite pants or measure around your body.


1. Measuring Waist:

Lay your pant flat on the table to get an accurate measurement. Smooth out all wrinkles in order to get a perfect measurement. Also, button and zip up your pant before measuring. Then measure straight across at the top edge of the waistband and double your measurement.

 Ex: 17” * 2= 34”

If you are measuring around your body, wrap your tape around your waist where you normally wear your pants. Add 1” to the measurement to give you room to sit comfortably for non-stretch pants. For Jeans which has stretch, you can size down because of stretch in your fabric.

For well-fitted pants, you should have a finger of space at the waist.

2. Measuring Inseam:

Start by laying your pant flat. Measure from the crotch point and walk your tape along the inseam to the edge of the leg opening. The crotch seam is where the 4 leg panels come together. Which will give you Inseam of your pant.

If you are measuring your body, stretch your legs apart measure straight from crotch point, straight down to edge of your foot.


Now with both your waist and the inseam measurements, you can find your pant size. Different brands may have variations in sizing, always compare our sizing chart in corresponding to your pant size.

Also note, that most brands’ waist sizes are not true to size. They tend to add a couple of inches to the waist measurements. For example, a size 32 waist might measure 34.5 inches. The industry standard is to add an inch to 1.5 inches., Always use your true measurement to round up or down as needed. 

Luckily at Mountain Khakis, we carry different Waist and Inseams and by providing a little knowledge above will help you to find the perfect fitting pant when you shop next time.

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