We all know the trouble of finding a garment that truly fits. Long shopping days, going from one store to another until you finally find the pants or blouse that is neither too small nor too big. Even worse when you order clothes online, wait in excitement but in the end they don’t fit. But how can you know that a garment fits you? What should you look for when choosing your size for different clothes? If you’re curious about the perfect fit, welcome to our Fit Guide Series where we'll explain how different garments should fit.
First up is the one garment that can be found in almost every closet today: Jeans. Invented in 1871 by Jacob W. Davis and Levi Strauss, they back then were intended as work trousers. Nowadays jeans are one of the most popular garments in the world which survived the several fashion trends of the last decades. Jeans come in many different styles but what should you look for when choosing the size and shape of your new Jeans? Let’s find out.
A size for a pair of jeans consists of two components: Waist width (W) and leg length (L). Leg length refers to the length from the floor to the crotch on the inside of the leg. For this, the imperial unit of measurement i.e. inches is used, where 1 inch equals to 2.54cm. For a size 30/34, 30 represents the waist and 34 the length. To be completely thorough, we should look at the fit of the jeans in three dimensions: the length, the rise, and the shape. In this article, we focus on the length and rise of the jeans. In part 2 of the Jeans Fit Guide, we will talk about different jeans shapes and their perfect fit.
The first fit dimension is the length of the jeans, which measures the inseam from the crotch to the leg opening. But how to choose the right length? The basic rule is that the fabric should usually slightly touch the shoe. Without shoes, the front part of the hem should rest above the instep while the back part could slightly touch the ground. If the fabric constricts at the ankle, it’s a sign that the jeans are too long. Note that wide jeans hit the shoe later than tight jeans, so they are usually much longer. Skinny Jeans should ideally end just above the ankles. The few centimetres of skin that then peek out, automatically stretch the silhouette.
Nowadays, you don’t have to worry about jeans that are too short. The so-called cropped jeans are currently trendy. These pants are deliberately cut shorter than conventional jeans to 7/8 length, where the inseam ends at ankle height, so the skin is visible between the pants and shoes. This means that the length of your jeans depends on your taste. When choosing the right length of jeans, you should also keep in mind that new jeans usually shrink a bit when washed. So, make sure you don't accidentally end up with jeans that are too short.
Let’s take a look at the second fit dimension: The rise. The rise is the distance between the crotch joint and the top of the waistband. Classically, there is a distinction between low, regular/medium, and high waist. Most jeans are cut as regular rise and sit comfortably below the belly button. But currently, high waist jeans which go all the way to the belly or higher are also popular, especially among young women. The rise is an important part of the fit as it determines where the jeans sit on the body. Ideally, it should follow the contours of your body so it sits comfortably and emphasizes your shape. There is a front and a back rise of jeans. The rise of jeans, compared to other pants, is curved. The back part of the jeans is curved forward to achieve a figure-hugging fit. In addition to the length of the rise, you should consider how deep the yoke is, the V-shaped part on the top back of the jeans, as it determines the curve of the back rise.
The size range between different jeans labels is huge. While you might wear 29/31 in one label, you might need 31/34 with another. Jeans labels define rise measurements differently and high waist does not mean the same thing for every pair of jeans. In comparison to the other two fit dimensions rise and shape, the length of jeans is a more universal standard. But it is still wise to try on jeans when buying from a new label because production run, fabrics and washes can lead to different sizes even within the same brand. This can be frustrating, especially if you want to buy new jeans online without trying them on first. Fortunately, this is where Presize can help. Using a series of deep-learning algorithm pipelines, Presize creates a 3D human body model based on a 7-second smartphone video. From this model it can directly extract the user’s body measurements and align them with product-specific data and other users’ past return behaviour to find your perfect fit. Presize is as accurate as a tailor measuring you manually with a tape, except no tailor is needed and it only takes 7 seconds instead of 10 minutes. If this sounds good to you and you want to try it, then make sure to visit the online shop of one of our newest partners Ceauture. They offer jeans in several shapes and sizes. The Smart Sizer is accessible on the homepage so you can be sure to find your perfect size. With Presize, you save time and hassle for returns and order your perfect size right away.