How to Measure the Inseam of Your Plus Size Jeans

Learn the ins and outs of your plus size jean in-seam | Dia&Co

We get it: finding the perfect jeans is difficult. But aside from recommending the best style for your body type, we’re also here to help you determine your inseam. With careful consideration to your favorite stylish plus size jeans, Dia&Co is here to unlock the secrets of inseams.

What is an inseam? It’s simply the length of your pants from the hemline to the crotch. Though it may seem like a lost art, breaking down the inseam for your cute, plus-size jeans is simple. If the ankles of your jeans are dragging on the floor, or if they never seem to reach down and cover your ankles, then measuring the right inseam of pants for your body will be the key to helping you find jeans that actually fit.

Tools to Get Started:

  • Your favorite pair of cute plus size jeans (that fit you super well) 
  • Measuring tape 
  • A flat surface (a table will work perfectly)
  • Your fingers
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Step 1: Break Out Your Favorite Jeans

Most people have that favorite pair of jeans that hugs their body just right (if you’re a leggings girl, we’re totally into that too). If these plus-size jeans are the perfect length, then you can use them to measure the inseam that’s right for you. Pro-tip for those who prefer leggings: this will also work with any pair of pants that are a great length on you. Find a flat surface with enough space for your jeans and lay them out.

Learn the ins and outs of your plus size jean in-seam | Dia&Co

Step 2: Fold Your Stylish Plus-Size Jeans in Half

For the most accurate measurement, fold your jeans (or pants) so one leg is laying over the other and the backside of your pants are facing up. Make sure that the crotch of the jean is not folded under, but is pulled out.

Learn the ins and outs of your plus size jean in-seam | Dia&Co

Step 3: Smooth the jeans

To get the best inseam measurement, place your index finger between the two pant legs. Using your finger, gently pull to stretch out any folds in your plus-size jeans. You’ll want the jeans as taut as possible to prevent wrinkles or folds.

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Step 4: Measure the distance from crotch to hem

For this next step, you’ll need your measuring tape. Using the tape, measure the length between the point of the crotch (where you pulled taut) to the hem (the end of your pant leg).  Don’t worry about the curve of the leg, as there’ll be a gap that the measuring tape is accounting for (see image). This measurement simply captures the distance between the crotch and the hem.

When you have your length of the measuring tape, then you’ve found your perfect pants length and mastered how to properly measure an inseam. If you like to wear heels with a pair of bootcut jeans, you might want a longer inseam. If you are looking for ankle jeans or capris, you might prefer a shorter inseam.


Keep in mind that your inseam measurement isn’t determined by your height, as each and every body struts different proportions. This tip will ensure that your stylist is sending the right jeans and pants for your perfect shape.


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Photos by Jen Davis; styling by Genevieve Yraola

Whether you’re petite, tall, or somewhere in between, our guide can help you determine your jeans’ inseam measurement for perfect-fitting jeans. So, say goodbye to hemming and cuffing, and say hello to perfectly fitting, cute plus size jeans.

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