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Making Jeans Waistlines FIT & How To Shop for Jeans

OK – so I’m ‘frugal’.  I refuse to pay the big prices for new jeans in the stores.  I had about worn out the only ‘comfy’ pair I had.  So… to Good Will I went.  I KNOW I took at least 15 pair into the dressing room.  I ‘scored’ with 2 pair:  1 in brown, and the other in ‘blue’.  Price with Sr. Discount: $12 – TOTAL for 2 pair! Sizing in jeans is WORTHLESS in my opinion.  Size doesn’t matter – but measurements DO.  Read on…..


Take along the pair you love, OR just measure your favorite and take along a tape measure to quick and EZ check these instead of trying them ALL on! If they pass this test, THEN take them to the dressing room.  Write these measurements on an index card, or put them in the MEMOS on your phone – yep, that works even better!

  1.  Inseam length (if they’re not long enough, you won’t be happy) 

  2. Waist  (just side to side will do – this is meant to be a quick measure check system)

  3. Front Crotch Length  (to determine if the ‘rise’ will work for you – in other words, how far you want them to come up on your torso)

  4. Back Crotch Length

  5. Crotch, across the thigh (gee, I wonder why?!)

  6. Hem circumference   (again, just side to side will do)

Measure inseam from crotch intersection to hemline.

measure waistline

Quick measure half of the waistline – just the front as shown.

Measure front crotch length

Measure front crotch length

Measure Back Crotch Length

Measure Back Crotch Length

Measure across thigh at crotch

Measure across thigh at crotch.

Measure hem circumference.

Measure hem circumference. Again – just half will give you the info you need.


So very often, if you have a ‘waist’ at all, jeans will gap at the center back. I saw a ‘fix’ for this yesterday while waiting in the Dr. office and thus spending an hour or so on Pinterest.  Click HERE for that source. Simply, she is ripping a hole in the INSIDE layer of