Knowing how to measure an inseam is essential. If you don’t think so, let me break down a scenario for you.
You find that perfect pair of jeans that you know you are going to turn heads in. They fit your waist size and you know they will look immaculate on you, so you buy them and head home. Once you are home and put your sexy new pair of jeans on you look down and see that as you walk, your pants legs are sweeping the floor with every step! Yep, in your excitement, you forgot to measure the inseam.
This is why it is important to know how to measure an inseam so you can stop this from happening to you. Keep reading below to find out all you need to know about measuring inseams.
What You Need to Know About Inseams
There are a lot of different measurements you need to look for when shopping for pants. And it is essential to know that the length and inseam of the pants, while similar, vastly change how your pants will look and feel on you. Length is the measurement from the pant’s waist down to the bottom of the leg. While inseam, also called inside leg measurement, is measured from the top of the thigh, or bottom of the zipper, down to the bottom of your leg.
Your inseam is going to go a long way in determining how your pants will feel and fit on you, so it’s an important measurement to get right. The trouble with that is inseams are not consistent from one manufacturer to another. Inseams aren’t even consistent within the same manufacturer’s line of pants.
If you don’t have your inseam measured correctly, you’re going to be walking around in some awkward and uncomfortable pants. If your inseam is too long, your pants will be sweeping the floor and quickly become worn and torn. Trying to hide this in a pair of boots can lead to the pants bunching up around the thighs. You’re essentially moving from one problem to another.
If the inseam is too short, your pants will fall way too high on your ankle. Again, you could try to hide this with boots, but you’re not going to want to wear your boots every time you wear these pants. This is going to limit the wear that you will get out of your expensive new pants.
Learn How to Measure Inseam
To look your best and bring out the best in your style, your clothes will have to fit right. Ill-fitting pants can ruin your otherwise knockout outfit. But luckily, you don’t have to be a famous tailor to measure your inseam and look great.
Know What You Want
First, you need to know what you’re looking to buy, new sassy jeans or casual business slacks. Then go into your closet and find your favorite type of pants you own that match what you want to buy. You can take this opportunity to check the inside label of your pants; often, there will be a tag there that will list the inseam size.
Line it Up
Now find a flat surface and lay the pants out flat and as smooth as you can get them. From here, fold one side of the pants onto the other. You want to make sure that the legs are completely even with one leg over the over. Again, smooth out any wrinkles that might have popped up.
Get to the Inseam
The next step will be to hold the top pants leg by the cuff and pull it back and up. You want to ensure the underlying pants leg remains straight and smooth. You can roll up or tuck the top leg out of the way. You should now see the inside seam of your pants. It will start at the crotch of the pants and run down the leg.
Getting the Inside Leg Measurement
The pants crotch seam will be running across the middle crotch area of your pants and will intersect with the inseam that runs down the legs of your pants. You will measure from this intersection the entire way down the hem of your pants. The number you come up with will be your inseam length. You must make sure your pants are wrinkle-free; if not, your measurements could end up being off and affect the fit of your new pants.
The Fun Part
You have just successfully measured your inseam, so jot down the exact measurement you got before you forget it. Now armed with your inseam measurement, you can confidently head out to shop knowing you will find the perfect fit for you!
It’s universal for both men and women; a great-fitting pair of pants can be a confidence booster and great for the ego. Now that you know how to measure inseam, you can make sure your next pair of pants will be perfect!