The following chart will help you match the brand sizes to your usual size. Follow our easy guide to find your best ever fitting jeans.
|XS - S
|S - M
|M - L
|L - XL
|XL - XXL
|Jeans (in inches)||23||24 - 25||26 - 27||27 - 28||29 - 30||31 - 32||32 - 33|
At Trilogy we understand how hard it can be to find the perfect pair of jeans which is why we have created this easy, practical measuring guide take the guesswork out of choosing the right size and ordering jeans online.
If you already own a pair of perfect-fitting jeans you can use its measurements as a guide for buying your next pair. Lay the jeans flat on a hard surface and use a tape measure to measure across the top of the waist. When you get this number, double it and this is how you find your waist measurement. (Remember that this measurement varies depending on the rise.)
To find the length of your jean inseam, measure the distance from the crotch seam to the ankle hem.
To find the length of your jean inseam, measure the distance from the crotch seam to the ankle hem. The last measurement you need is the rise. This is calculated as the distance from the crotch seam to the waist. Low-rise jeans generally measure 7 or 8 inches from crotch to waist, mid-rise is 8 or 9 inches, with high-rise jeans measuring 9 or 10 inches.
When shopping online for jeans you can use these numbers to compare against that particular brand's sizing and measurements.
Another way to measure the jeans size is by taking body measurements and calculating the size you require from this. The first step is to get the waistband measurement (such as 25,26,27) which will best suit you. The waistband is always measured at the narrowest point of the body, namely the waist, and when you're measuring your waist it's important to know what rise of jeans you will be shopping for. i.e. For mid-rise jeans, for instance, the measurement should be taken right around your navel. For high rise jeans, you'll generally want to measure about two inches above that.
Start by taking a soft measuring tape and measuring around waistline at the point where you want your jeans to sit. To measure your natural waistline, measure at the natural crease but do not pull the tape too tightly around your waist because you'll want to get jeans with a comfortable fit.
The next area to measure is your inseam or leg length. To get this measure the distance between your crotch and your ankle. This measurement will help you determine the length of jean. Anything up to 28" would be considered cropped jeans, whereas 29" and longer would be a full-length jean.
Sizing for jeans can vary greatly among different brands, styles and fabrications so remember to check Trilogy's notes on sizing and fit in the product pages before buying. We've noted where the sizing is generous, true to size or close-fitting wherever possible.
At Trilogy we know the most important part of choosing a pair of jeans is the fit which is why we've asked our experienced style advisors their top tips to achieve the desired fit:
Watch the waistband: Make sure the jeans are snug and hugging the waist but not too tight that the jeans are cutting into you. Walk around in your jeans and sit down in them to make sure the fit is comfortable to move around in. If you find the jeans are sagging at the waistband, or you keep having to pull them up, then you probably need to go down a size. A good measure is to see if you can fit a hand down the waistband at the back of your jeans, if you can do this the jeans might be too big for you and you may want to try a size down.
On the thighs: Check the crotch of the jeans is snug and not hanging down with too much loose fabric. You should also check the bum, back pockets and front pocket area to see if they are too tight or wrinkling because they are too loose.
Too tight or loose: All jeans should be a little bit snug when you try them on. That's because after a few times wearing them, they will naturally stretch a bit. If you struggle to zip them up or can't bend down properly then they are too tight. They should be comfortable, fit in the crotch and be slightly snug.
Hem lengths: Our best advice is to try the jeans on wearing the shoes you will wear with them. If you find they are too long, we have an alterations service to help you achieve the perfect length.
The rise refers to how far up the jeans will sit on your natural waist. A low-rise jean typically sits two or three inches below the belly button. A mid-rise usually fits right around or immediately beneath the navel and a high-rise jean, sits at or slightly above the navel.
In recent years the high-rise has gained popularity due to them being particularly flattering, stylish and loved by fashion editors and celebrities.
We suggest you experiment and compare jeans you already own to decide which type of rise which is most flattering and comfortable on you.
Yes, with more offices embracing a casual-professional vibe when it comes to work wear it's perfectly fine to wear jeans to work.
If your office allows jeans, you can never go wrong choosing a solid, dark denim jean with no distressing and clean hems. Dark indigo or black jeans look the most pulled together for work, with J Brand's Bluebird and Vanity washes the most popular with our customers looking for smart denim. Equally, AG Jeans offers sateen fabrications which have a smooth, sleek finish more like a trouser; perfect for the office.
When it comes to the rise we suggest a mid or high-rise jean to keep things professional, though the choice is yours when it comes to skinny, cigarette or wide-leg silhouettes, all are appropriate for business casual wear.
Jeans from J Brand tend to fit true to size and we suggest taking your usual size.
If you are buying a jean constructed from Photo Ready Denim (J Brand's slimming, lifting and contouring denim with shape recovery) then we suggest trying a size down from your usual, as Photo Ready denim contains extra stretch and is designed to be a close fit.
Jeans from AG tend to fit true to size and we suggest taking your usual size.
If you are buying corduroy or velveteen jeans from AG then we suggest you may want to take a size up from your usual as these fabrications contain less stretch so the fit is small to size, particularly on the waistband.
Jeans from Paige tend to fit true to size and we suggest taking your usual size.
Jeans from Paige have the side seams brought forward about an inch on either side to create a slimmer leg, so you shouldn't see this as a design fault.
If you are buying a jean constructed from Transcend Denim, which is Paige's contouring denim with shape recovery, then we suggest trying a size down from your usual this denim can contain extra stretch and is designed to hug to the leg.
Jeans from Frame tend to fit true to size or slightly smaller to size so we suggest you take your usual size, or a size up from your usual.
Jeans from Citizens of Humanity tend to fit true to size and we suggest taking your usual size.
If you are buying a boyfriend style, like the Emerson from Citizens of Humanity, then the fit runs large to size and you may wish to size down.
Skinny jeans are still the best-selling fit across our whole range of premium denim brands but this year there are more styles and fits available than ever before - and no reason you can't wear them all!
Right now, fashion is championing a looser, more relaxed silhouette and the most fashionable jeans are classic, straight leg jeans (like the original Levi's) as well as wide leg styles.
If you are used to only wearing one style of jean, or struggle with finding good jeans which suit your body shape, then our denim guide is for you. The denim guide is our ultimate authority on fits, shapes and fabrics. We do the hard work for you - highlighting the latest trends and showing you how we're styling them for the season ahead.
If you need any further advice deciding which size to buy please contact one of our expert advisors for help.