River Island Jeans Size Guide

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Thank you for having a look at the Style and Size Guide for River Island Jeans, written to help you decide which style to buy and what size will suit you best.

Firstly the style of the jeans, basically the fall under the following 6 different styles:

BOOTCUT - Can also be described as Bootleg,  these are fitted at the hips and thighs and  get slightly wider at the ankle.  More recent versions are the RELAXED BOOTLEG, which are slightly less flared at the ankle.  The SEXY BOOTLEG has 2% elastane so they have a little stretch for a great fit.  The BOYFRIEND BOOTLEG look like your boyfriends jeans, sit low on the hip, are bootcut and are often in a distressed denim.

SKINNY - Fitted at the hips and thigh, usually worn quite tight and fitted all the way down to the ankle.  The SUPER SKINNY are very tight at the ankle.

SLOUCH - Generally very loose around the waist, they sit very low on the hips and are loose all the way down to the ankles.  Thes often come up almost a size larger and if you are at the smaller end of your size I would recommend buying a size smaller than you usually do.

STRAIGHT - Fitted at the hips and thigh and go straight down the the ankle, ie not tight and not flared.  BOYFRIEND STRAIGHT  are quite a loose fit and have a tapered leg.

FLARED - Fitted at the hips and  flare out below the knee to the ankle.  SKINNY FLARES are quite fitted down to the knee and then flare out to the ankle.

CROPPED - Not full length jeans, may be below or above the knee or CAPRI or ANKLE GRAZERS fall just above the ankle.


The best way to work out your size is to take a pair of  freshly washed jeans, lie them flat and measure in inches straight across the back of the waistband.  Double this figure and you have your hip size.

99% of River Island jeans are low rise hipsters which means they sit on the hips so this is your HIP SIZE.  Find it on the chrt below and look straight down to find your  jeans size.

Hip ( as measured above in inches )                26       28        30        32        34        36        38        40

                                         ( in cm)    

Jeans Size                                                          6        8        10        12        14        16        18        20

Euro                                                                   24        26        28        30        32        34        36        38

Length Inside Leg

River Island Jeans come in 3 different lengths:

                                    To fit Height

Short      ( S) -  30"         5'2 - 5'4

Regular ( R) -  32"         5'5 - 5'7

Long      (L) -   34"        5'8 - 5'9

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