How to Measure Your Inseam

What is inseam and why is it important? Inseam is the measurement of the inside length of your leg, from the crotch seam to the bottom hem. Inseam length is important to know in order to get the best fit. Tall people don't necessarily have tall inseams and petite people don't always have short inseams. Therefore, buying "tall" or "short" lengths doesn't mean you'll wind up with a pair of jeans or pants that are the right length for your legs. That's why it's so important to know your inseam length and then search for your inseam length when you shop. Watch our video on how to measure your inseam and read the step by step instructions below: 

How to measure your inseam
  1. Start with a pair of jeans or pants you already have that fit you well and lay them flat on the floor.*
  2. Carefully measure the length from the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
  3. THIS NUMBER IS YOUR INSEAM. Use this number to help you choose your next pair of great-fitting pants.
  4. Start shopping by your inseam! We make this easy at Search By Inseam because we categorize every pair of jeans and pants by inseam length. Why waste time shopping for jeans and pants that won't fit your legs? Click on the category of jeans or pants you're looking for, and select your exact inseam length. We'll show you what's available from a wide range of sellers - from big box stores and mainstream brands to boutique small businesses with niche specialties.  

* If you do not have a pair of jeans or pants that are already the right inseam length for you, get a buddy to help you measure. Using a sewing measuring tape, hold the end with 0 inches right at your crotch seam. Have the other person gently pull the measuring tape straight and read the number (in inches) where you want your new jeans or pants to end. 

Tip: Remember to take into account the height of heel you’ll most likely be wearing with the new pair of jeans or pants.