5 to your inseam measurement if you’re buying pants to wear with heels. However, this can vary so it’s best to try on pants with a range of different inside leg measurements to find what works best.
It’s also worth it to take a pair of shoes with you when you’re trying pants on, particularly if you are buying an outfit for an important occasion. While an extra 0.5 might be fine if you’re planning to wear 2 heels, for example, you might want to add another 1 to the inseam measurement if you’re going to be strutting around in 4 heels.
There’s one more thing to remember about the inseam when you’re buying new jeans they can shrink the first time you wash them. In fact, it’s expected that jeans will shrink a little when they’re first washed.
To counteract this, you might want to buy jeans that are 0.5 longer in the inseam than you really want them to be and wash them before you first wear them.
What is a standard inseam measurement?
Unfortunately, there’s no real answer to this question. Every brand is different when it comes to measurements and, more complicated still, every style of pants is different.
If you buy skinny jeans and boyfriend jeans from the same brand, for example, they won’t necessarily have the same inside leg measurement.
Many brands do state the inseam measurement on the label, so once you know what inside leg measurement you’re looking for, it should be easy to find it. This is seen more commonly in men’s pants, however, so not every brand displays their measurements in this way.
If you see pants labeled with 28, 32, for example, they’re going to have a 28 waist and a 32 inside leg measurement. If you can’t find this information on the sales tag, take a look at the permanent label that’s affixed inside the pants and that should tell you everything you need to know.
Broadly speaking, petite pants and jeans usually have an inseam measurement of around 25-30. Average jeans and pants will typically have an inside leg measurement of around 28-34, and tall pants and jeans will generally have an inseam measurement of 31-36.
With so many variations between brands and styles, it’s easy to see why so many people get confused about inseams.
Although it would be easier if there were one universal sizing guide and inseam measurement (can you imagine?), this isn’t likely to happen any time soon. Instead, you’ll simply need to scope out the brands that offer pants and jeans in your size to style your perfect wardrobe.
Can you alter an inseam?
Absolutely. Now since you’re clear about what inseam is and what it means for your clothes, you can get to work with making alterations.
A word of warning though, changing or modifying an inseam can be tricky. If you don’t have any alteration experience, it’s best to start with a pair of pants you’re not too fond of, just in case things go wrong.
Alternatively, you can have your jeans and pants professionally altered if the inseam isn’t quite right. This is relatively cheap to do and is a great way of making sure you can still wear your favorite pants.
Changing the length of your pants is often referred to as altering the inseam, but in reality, you won’t necessarily be doing anything to the inseam itself.
If you want to make your pants shorter, for example, you’ll hem them. This means taking up the bottom of each pant leg and sewing it in place so that it’s shorter.