How to Measure Pants

How to Measure Pants

The line between your favorite pair of pants and the one that lives in your locker is thin. If you don’t know your own measurements, you are going to end up regretting a bunch of money spent on trousers that make you look ridiculous. That’s why it is so important to get a good handle on how to measure pants.

This task needs to be taken care of with full attention if you want to crush it. Yet, once you get to the core of pants measuring, you will finally have a drawer full of nicely-fitting trousers that will elevate your outfits.

The best thing of all? You won’t have to measure pants each time you decide to buy a new pair, as you will already have these written down.

A Few Tips Before You Start

  • Wear close-fitting garments when taking measurements – bodysuit or underwear.
  • If you would be tilting the measuring tape up or down, there is a chance you would get the wrong numbers. Instead, try to hold the tape as evenly as possible. The thing with a tailor’s tape is that it is rather soft and flexible, unlike stiff measuring tapes, which is why you should be extra careful.
  • Slack or too tight measuring will, again, throw your numbers off and you won’t get accurate results.
  • Although it is possible to take your own measurements on your own, getting someone to help you with this task will prevent unwanted outcomes – more unfit trousers. Place your arms down, stand naturally, and let a helper take your measurements.
  • Measuring men’s pants seems, but it is not entirely, straightforward. Things can get more complicated with this task, so make sure to follow our outline on how to take the right measurements.

How to Measure Pants – Key Areas

These critical numbers will help you find the best fit of pants so make sure to remember each:

  1.       Waist

Some people believe measuring the waist is as simple as measuring the pant’s waist circumference. This is absolutely ridiculous!

Although the wait is the smallest point around many men’s middle, some of you may not be sure where it is. If you fall into this category, simply bend to the side. Even if you have some belly fat, you will be able to see the crease forming around the waistline. Make sure to mark the waist area with a pencil.

  1.       Hips

We, humans, have high and full hip. The first one goes across your belly button and your rear, which are probably the fullest points of your middle. Your full hip goes right under your belly button or above your crotch.

Jot these numbers down and make sure to measure the distance between the high hip/full hip and the waist as well.

  1.       Tight

Measure the circumference of your tight below the crotch and at the midpoint.

  1.       Calf

Measure your calves at their fullest points. If you find out one is bigger than the other, don’t panic. We’ll help you blend between sizes to make your pants fit nicely.

  1.       Ankle

This applies to the ones who like their pants fitted at the ankle. Define where you want your trousers to hit and measure at the widest point.

  1.       Length

You will need the following measurements here – the distance on the down side, starting from the waist to the end of the pants. Then, measure from the crotch to the end. Put your shoes on to see whether the length of the pants would adjust accordingly.

  1.       Crotch length and depth

Place the tape around the middle of your belly, at the waist, and bring it to your crotch. This is the crotch depth. Then, bring it up across your rear and connect to your waist at the back, which is the crotch length. 

Compare the Measurements

Now, all that’s left is to make sure the measures you have got are in sync with your pants’ pattern.  

You can measure waist and hip across the pattern of the pants. Measure the patters around ankle, calf, and tight and compare to your body measurements. This way, you can see whether you would have to blend sizes – go a size up or down.

When it comes to crotch, take the pattern and measure the crotch curve from the front to the back waistline. Finally, compare the pant points and your measurements and lengthen or shorten if needed.


Once you learn how to measure pants, you will be able to complete your wardrobe with nothing but sleek pairs that show off your best features.