Shopping for pants online can be intimidating. The stakes are higher than with other things like tees or sweatshirts, because getting the right fit is not only important, but seems quite tricky! There are numbers involved. Inches, inseams... Deciphering this information seems daunting but it doesn't have to be!
There are six key measurements to be mindful of when it comes to pants: waist, hip, front rise, back rise, inseam, and outseam.
The easiest way to find out what your measurements are is by using a pair of well-fitting pants that you already own and love. Instead of trying to measure your body, you can measure your pants and use these measurements as a baseline to compare to when you are looking at pants online! It's a super easy and effective way to figure out how a pant will fit without the need to try on. Here's how:
-your favourite & best fitting pants (non-stretch)
-1 measuring tape
-pen & paper
Waist: Measure across waistband, making sure it is pulled tight. Double this measurement to get the measurement for front & back full waist. 13 x 2 = 26"
Hip: Measure along the widest part of the pant, generally about 8 inches beneath the waistband. Double this measurement to get the measurement for front & back full hip. 17 x 2 = 34"
Front Rise: Measure along the fly from the top of the waistband to the crotch seam, making sure the fabric is pulled flat. This measurement will tell you how high the pants will sit on your body. If you want high-waist jeans, you'll want a bigger number for the front rise. Low-rise pants have a smaller front rise number.
Back Rise: Measure along the center back seam from the top of the waistband to the crotch seam, making sure the fabric is pulled flat. You can compare the front and back rise measurements to see how pants will fit your bum. If there is a large difference between the front rise and back rise measurements, there will be more room in the seat of the pants (for ur bum). If the measurements are similar, the seat will be more flat.
Inseam: Measure from the crotch seam to the hem, on the inside of the pant leg. This will tell you how long the pants will be, and where they will end on your leg.
Outseam: Measure from the top of the waistband at the side seam to the hem, on the outside of the pant leg. This will tell you the full length of the pants, and help you know how they will fit.
Now get measuring and prepare to conquer your fear of online pant shopping! You can thank us later.
xoxo, Black Market
These images are really helpful. I always feel reluctant to buy pants online as I feel worried about the fit. Recently I bought a pair of pants online from Dynacart and I am really happy with the purchase. Your tips will make my shopping experience even better next time!