I have a lot of trouble finding my pants in the right size when I go store shopping. Whether I choose centimetres or inches the trouser size varies from designer and store – don’t designers use tape measures? It gets worse on leg length. So can I order online and get the right size? It can never be as accurate as trying them on but to save a lot of money buying online here are some tips.
First you will need a body tape measure (cheap to buy just about anywhere), a notepad and a pen. Oh, and someone you don’t mind seeing you in your underwear. Now leave your underwear on and wear a pair of socks and shoes. Stand with your feet slightly apart and arms by your side. Unlike measuring the waist as you do for weight loss you are going to measure where your pants normally sit on your waist. Get the other person to use the tape around your waist measuring tightly but not too tight. Now write down the measurement.
The next part gets more intimate so try and relax. Measure from your crotch down to the area of the shoe you like your pants to sit. We all like our pants at a different length so you may like it dragging on the ground, folded up or a little short. Write this down as it is your Inseam measurement.
Now you have your waist and inseam measurements. If your measurements don’t match exactly it is better to round up the number than to make it smaller.
Men’s trousers, shorts and jeans
|Approx inches||30 inch||32 inch||33 inch||34 inch||36 inch||38 inch||40 inch|
|Waist||78 cm||82 cm||84 cm||86 cm||90 cm||94 cm||98 cm|
|Hip||93 cm||97 cm||101 cm||105 cm||109 cm||113 cm||117 cm|
|Trousers Inseam||85 cm||85 cm||85 cm||86 cm||86 cm||87 cm||87 cm|