So, when someone lists the measurement "seat to hem," what is it that they mean? Fasten the front button before measuring. Over the decades, countless jean cuts have emerged that can be used variably, depending on how they are combined.
Also, make certain that the tape measure is over the fullest part of your bust, which is usually the area that sticks out the most or right at the nipples. Use the pen and paper to write down the number on the tape measure. Measure your waist by putting the tape measure around where your waist creases.
To find your proper waist area, bend over and this is the crease mentioned in the last sentence. Also, the waist area is usually right above your belly button or is the narrowest part of your waist. Stand with your feet together and wrap the tape measure around the fullest part of your hips.
This area is usually 7 to 9 inches below your waist. Measure your arm length by placing the tape measure at the top of the shoulder and stretching it down to where your wrist meets your hand. Know that the easiest way to measure your inseam is to find your favorite pair of pants. You know, the ones that look great and are the perfect length. Take these pants and place the tape measure directly on the lowest point of the crotch and keep it straight to the floor.
This is your inseam. Measure your thighs by placing the tape measure on the fullest part of your upper thighs and wrapping the tape measure around. Make sure that the tape measure is straight. Remember, the natural waistline or a few inches below are equally acceptable. Take the measurement along the string line. Always round to the next highest whole number because a little extra space will be necessary.
If the measurement lies on a discreet number, add another inch to the measurement to allow for a shirt to be tucked. In retail and bespoke tailoring, the inseam measurement is used when referring to the length of pants.
The inseam measurement is taken from the underside of the crotch or top inseam point to the bottom side of the ankle bottom inseam point. The outseam is taken from the top of the waist to the bottom of the leg and is generally not required to know when buying new pants.
When measured correctly, the inseam will allow the pants to fully cover the ankle. The correctly measured pant leg will allow a small gap between the bottom of the pants and the shoe as to not show socks. Stand fully clothed, in a normal, comfortable position.
Wear shoes with a standard heel or whatever shoe typically worn with dress slacks. Measure the right leg from the top inseam point to the bottom side of the lowest inseam point. This is the time to make changes in the length. As with waist length measurements, add another quarter to half an inch to the specific measurement. This will allow for minor shrinkage that will inevitably happen at the dry cleaners.
Write the measurement down. Repeat, using the left leg. The rise is the length from the crotch seam to the top of the waist. Pants are sometimes sold in different rise measurements. When having a suit made, this definitely will be an option. Remember, even an expert tailor can not add to the rise of a pair of trousers. Make sure the rise measurement is as comfortable as possible when purchasing pants. Wearing properly fitted pants will make a big difference in the style of the whole ensemble, whether it be a suit or business casual.
It pays to make sure every measurement is taken properly to ensure that the wearer not only looks stylish and comfortable, but feels stylish and comfortable.
Double for total waist measurement around. To make sure the pants will fit, measure your favorite fitting jeans/pants putting them down flat and un-stretched. Measure using the guide below to find your best fit. If you have an existing pair of jeans lay them flat and measure them from the crotch seam to the bottom of the jeans. Thigh width: Wrap the measuring tape around the widest portion of one of your thighs. Again, if you have existing jeans, just lay them flat and measure the widest portion of the thigh and double it. How to measure your waist: Measure around your waist at about navel level. Put a finger between your body and the tape measure to ensure maximum comfort. You can use this “real waist” measurement for casual pants like khakis and jeans too. They’ll just fit a little .