Jeans Sizes: How To Find The Perfect Fit

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When it comes to buying the right pair of jeans, fit is crucial. Whether it's a budget pair or some designer jeans, you want the fit to be just right.  So here’s our guide to jean sizes for men and women.
 

Try on as many pairs as possible


Buying jeans is a bit like buying bras – you’ve just got to get in there and try as many as you can. 

After you’ve tried a dozen or so pairs, you’ll start to realise which styles flatter your body shape, and how fitted you can go. 

If in doubt, always try them on – two pairs that look the same on the hanger can look totally different once you’re wearing them. Just a slight variation in how the ankle tapers will make all the difference to the overall look. Buying jeans is a bit like buying bras – you’ve just got to get in there and try as many as you can. 

After you’ve tried a dozen or so pairs, you’ll start to realise which styles flatter your body shape, and how fitted you can go. 

If in doubt, always try them on – two pairs that look the same on the hanger can look totally different once you’re wearing them. Just a slight variation in how the ankle tapers will make all the difference to the overall look.

 

Get to know the different brands

Once you get to know the different brands, you’ll realise that they each have their own quirks. 

The American brands, like Gap and J Crew, are often generously cut, so you’ll need to take a size down. 
Others, such as J Brand and Current Elliott, start tight but give after a few washes, so it’s worth going for a tighter fit. eBay also offers Levi jeans, Diesel jeans, H&M jeans andZara jeans. 

Once you’re familiar with the different brands, you’ll have a better idea of which size to go for.
 

Think about the style you’re going for

Boyfriend jeans are cut looser, so you may want to go one down from your usual size to ensure they don’t swamp you. 

Similarly, if you’re buying skinny jeans, you might want an ultra-tight pair for evening, as well as something with a bit more give for during the day. 

And if you’re looking for a compromise between the two, try a cigarette or boot-cut leg, both of which can be more flattering than the edgier fashion cuts. 
 

Conversion chart for men

US Men's Jeans Size

European Men's Jeans Size

UK/Australia/Canada Men's Jeans Size

28

38

28

30

40

30

32

42

32

34

44

34

36

46

36

38

48

38

40

50

40

42

52

42

44

54

44

46

56

46

48

58

48

50

60

50

 

 

Conversion chart for women

US Women's Jean Size

Waist Measurement in Inches

Low Waist Measurement

Hip Measurement

0

24

26

34.5

2

24.5

26.5

35

4

35.5

37.5

36

6

26.5

28.5

37

8

27.5

29.5

38

10

28.5

30.5

39

12

30.5

32.5

40.5

14

31.5

33.5

42

16

33

35

43.5

18

34

36

45


Choosing the right jeans for your body shape



There are a whole plethora of jeans styles out there – skinny, flared, boyfriend, girlfriend, high-waisted, low rise... 
While not quite endless, the choice is huge. And while a few of us are lucky enough to look amazing in all styles of jean, most of us don’t. That’s why it pays to know the style that suits your shape. 

Curvy
If you’ve a tiny waist and ample hips then lucky you! The downside, though, is that you may have trouble finding jeans to fit. 

 

One option is to buy a larger size and have the waist taken in. Otherwise look for skinny jeans or straight-leg cut that will show off your shape. 

High-waisted jeans will make the most of that tiny waist, while darker shades will make you look skinnier. 




Boyish



Those with straight up-and-down shapes, like Kate Moss, can work pretty much any style of jean. 

The skinny, in particular, was made for this body type. Boyfriend jeans also look great, particularly with a tight T-shirt or vest top to show off your figure. 
Flared jeans are another good option, but make sure they’re fitted around the waist and bum.

Pear-shaped


Pear-shaped women should look for a bootcut or straight-leg style to balance out those hips. 

A higher waist will make your legs look longer and leaner, while darker shades will look better than paler ones.







Petite


Most jeans these days are made for supermodels, so are ridiculously long in the leg. 

This means that, whatever jean you buy, you’ll probably need to have them taken up. But petite women, like Kylie and Victoria Beckham, look amazing in skinny and flared styles. 

Wide-legged jeans are a no-no, however, as they can make smaller women look drowned in fabric.

 

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