How to measure inseam for men's pants

How to measure inseam for men's pantsOne way to really show off your style chops is to have perfectly fitting pants. Who doesn't want to look cool and stylish these days, and getting the pants that look tailored to just your body type is one of the most important details to consider when attempting to look cool and modern. But, what do you need to know before you go shopping for this important fashion item? For one thing, knowing how to measure inseam on pants will give you a huge leg on getting those perfect fitting pants. Getting this important detail right is the key to finding the perfect pair of pants, and today we will explore how to measure the inseam for men's pants.

It is very important for the modern stylish man to know his inseam measurements for his pants, but why? The inseam of your pants will determine how the pants fit, and there is really no more important aspect of pants than that. Much more important than the material or what sort of style the pants are, the way they fit will be the determining factor in if you look cool, or if you look like a schlub. Think of people whose pants go way past their shoes and drag on the ground getting dusty and dirty, or someone whose pants are basically flooded, these people know nothing about measuring their inseams, and why that is important.

There are some easy steps to follow to get the ideal inseam for your pants. First, make sure you have the right tools. A soft measuring tape, like you would see at a tailors will be ideal. This is basically a regular measuring tape but made with a soft cloth material that will make it a snap to measure clothes with. If you can't get your hands on a soft measuring tape, a regular one you might find in a standard tool box will do the trick just fine. Next, you will actually measure the outseam by placing the top of the measuring tape at the top of the pants. The outseam is the distance from the top of the pants to the bottom of the leg, so you take the tape down to the bottom of the leg and measure the distance from the top of the pants down to the bottom. You now have your outseam measurement. Write this number down, so you don't forget.

Now you are ready to measure the inseam of your pants. The inseam measures the distance from the crotch seam to the bottom of the pants. This is the important number, so make sure your measurements are accurate. To get the best measurement, fold your pants lengthwise on a table, this will make things easier for you. You will need a surface long enough to lay the entire length of the pants on for the measurement. Make sure the legs are lined up perfectly, and the entire length of the pants is laying flat on the table. Smooth the pants out so there are no folds of wrinkles that could throw off the measurement, iron your pants if they are wrinkled before you do this. Now you are ready to measure. Start at the crotch and take the measuring tape all the way to the bottom of the leg, this is your inseam measurement.

Some high-end pants will provide the inseam measurements for you right next to the waist size. If you have a perfectly fitting pair of nice pants that tell you you want one, you can just use that number to find similar pants. But, not all pants provide this info, so knowing how to measure yourself can be very important when out shopping for the perfect pants. Now that you know how to measure your own inseam, pants shopping should be much easier, and the chances of you getting some stylish fits that keep you looking cool and comfortable should be much more in your favor. So, go and get some stylish pants today, good luck out there!

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Silvia Kabaivanova

As the founder of Be Global Fashion Network and several other fashion websites, Silvia has been working for more than 20 years covering fashion industry trends and news. With a passion for the fashion business, she focuses on sustainable fashion and innovations, custom fashion and print on demand services. Silvia is a Chairman of Bulgarian Fashion Association. You can reach her at

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