You are looking for a new pair of jeans on eBay. You go to the category for your size and start scrolling down the page. And there they are!! You just found the most AWESOME pair of jeans on eBay and you just have to have them. The bid is still very low and there is only a short time left on the auction.
You check the size!! They are a Eugarian size 57 and according to the handy conversion chart, supplied by the helpful seller, that is about an American size X, a little bigger than a French size Y and somewhere between an Australian size M and Notgunnafit!! Awesome!! That's your size!! They are guaranteed to fit like no other jeans on the market, lift your butt, flatten your stomach AND slim your waist. You know you will look so hot in them that all your friends will be envious and your past lovers are going to hear about it and regret the error of their ways!!
Ok. Action at the Auction time!! You place a large bid on them so nobody else beats you out at in the last seconds and sit back pressing refresh on your browser until the auction ends!!
Congratulations they are yours!! About 5 days later the first pair of jeans you are ever going to sell on eBay arrive by courier. It turns out that a Eugarian size 57 has an upper leg measurement of 57 and that it's in measured in INCHES!!
Don't feel so bad, you are not alone. The number of pairs of jeans that are sold on eBay only to end up back on eBay because they don't fit is surprising. It's a very common way for eBay buyers to become eBay sellers.
There is very rarely any way of getting your money back either because the seller has done nothing wrong providing the Jeans have been represented truthfully in their listing. The trouble is that the number sewn onto the jeans that we all take so much notice of usually has little to do with how the jeans will fit YOU!!
You don't want a post graduate degree in international jean sizing either, you just want a bargain pair of jeans off eBay that fit, right? You want to know how to guarantee that you are not wasting your time and money on something that is only going to bring you disappointment. The first thing we all do is look for jeans in your size right? Ok, so what size am I? Well that's an easy question for an expert like me to answer. You are your own unique size and the funny thing is every manufacturer has a unique sizing system as well.
DO NOT USE THIS CHART!!
This is a chart that APROXIMATES the size comparisons between the more popular sizing system in the world. And that is about all it is good for. An approximation and a starting point. The sizes DO NOT match up exactly and even if all jeans were made to a strict standard they would only be approximate conversions. It looks pretty and makes you feel informed so take a look and file it under "only partly useful information" then read on.
DO NOT MEASURE YOUR WAIST!!
Unless your jeans are meant to sit on your waist this is as helpful as knowing your shoe size when buying jeans. In fact your shoe size is probably more important because you do have to get your foot down the leg of your jeans but you don't pull them all the way up to your waist.
There are usually a number of inches between your waist and where you want your jeans to sit and we all have a different taper between hip and waist so measuring your waist and comparing it to a size chart is at best only an indication, at worst it's a wild guess. Even if you are planning to wear your jeans on your waist let me ask a personal question. How big is your bum and has your waist told it how big it is supposed to be??
Are you looking for a loose fit, a snug fit or do you want to cut off the blood supply to your feet so they go numb and let you wear those gorgeous heals that cause you so much pain every time you wear them? You can't tell anything about any of these characteristics of the jeans from a waste size and a conversion chart.
DO NOT BUY THE SIZE YOU ALWAYS DO!!
Even if you are buying another pair of jeans from the same manufacturer you always do, unless you are buying exactly the same style as you already own don't do it. Even then be sure you are happy with the fit.
If you are not happy because they are a little too tight here or there be careful just going up one size because remember ALL the dimensions of the jeans change when you go up a size and you could end up with the extra room where you want it but enough surplus denim somewhere else to make a matching jacket!!
Different designers and different styles from these designers all have different sizing. Generally speaking a pair of jeans is made around one to two inches larger than their quoted size to allow for fit and to make you feel better about yourself. So be careful using the dimensions quoted on labels as well. The only reliable way to ensure a perfect fit is to use dimensions taken directly from the garment.
Its all about Rise by Waist Band of the jeans!!
Without the ability to try on your jeans before you buy you will need some rather exact measurements from the seller to ensure the correct fit. Different terminology used by different people can be confusing at the least. Hip, High Hip, Hi Rise, Low Rise?????
To ease the tension and remove all confusion let's talk about the measurements that actually count. The two most important measurements in the fit of jeans are the rise and the Waist Band. These are the starting point and the two most unforgiving of all the measurements you need.
All of the following measurements can be taken easily directly from a pair of jeans that fit you well. Alternatively when measuring directly from your body it does help to wear a pair of jeans or other pants to act as a guide and to help you find the precise location of where the crotch seam sits on your body.
The rise of a pair of jeans is measured front and back from the point in the crotch where the leg seams meet the centre seam of the jean. The front rise is the one most often quoted and is generally an inch or two shorter than the rear rise unless the jean is designed to sit on the waist proper in which case they are closer to equal. This inequality in sizes between front and back rise is necessary to give you a nice flush fit in front while allowing you somewhere to store your booty in the back. The rise of the jeans determines where on your body the Waist Band will sit and so determines the diameter of the Waist Band you desire for your jeans.
As the name suggests this is measured directly around the waist band of the jeans. As we have already established this usually has little to do with your waist size. For the same size person this dimension becomes larger with a smaller rise as the band is sitting closer to the hips and smaller for a longer rise as the band sits around your slender waist. Get this one wrong and you either have unsightly muffin tops hanging over your jeans or you are looking for matching boxers and a hoodie to complete the homeboy look. The waist band should not be tight even on tight fitting stove pipe jeans!! It should fit snugly without pulling in on your body. This will avoid both the dreaded muffin tops and the double bum look you see so often on poorly fitting low rise jeans. The same is also true on loose fit jeans. This is the part of the jean that holds them up and regardless of the fit of the rest of the jean this needs to be a comfortable firm fit. There is only so much slack you can take up with a belt before it starts to affect the way the jeans fall over your hips and cause unsightly puckers and folds. To determine the size waist band you require first measure the rise. From this point pass a tape measure around your body.
Your hips are easy to find. They are the bony things sticking out at the widest part of your backside that your legs are attached to. Wrap a tape measure around and find the widest part it's that simple!! To find the hip measurement on jeans is also very simple. Simply lay your jeans down flat and measure across them directly under where the fly starts. To find exactly the right spot it sometimes helps to fold the jeans across at the base of the fly and measure at the fold. Once you have the measurement just double it to get the hip measurement for the jeans.
Again this is very simple to measure both on your jeans and on your body. The thigh measurement is taken as the largest part of the upper leg and the widest part of the upper leg of the jeans. On jeans this is usually taken from the upper leg measured at the all important crutch seam line.
Measured from the same point in the crotch seam line where the rise and thigh are measured from. The inseam is the length of the jean leg from there to the bottom of the leg. Too long is Ok you can fold, roll and hem to fix that. Too short, not so good unless you wanted three quarter jeans or a set of cut-off shorts any way.
Finally!! The leg opening. This is the opening at the bottom of the leg of the jeans. No you can't really measure this on your body unless you are buying stove pipe or skinny leg jeans. But this measurement will give you a good indication of the amount of flare or lack off in a pair of jeans!!
The 10 Commandments to getting the right jeans.
- Never buy off size charts. Always from measurements.
- Only buy from sellers that give the exact measurements of their jeans so you can check the fit.
- Only buy from a seller who offers a refund or exchange for items that do not fit.
- Always try the jeans on before removing tags so they can be returned if required.
- If in doubt ASK the seller for more information.
- Always start by checking the rise followed by the Waist Band at the height of the rise.
- Wear jeans the way they were designed to be worn. Skinny fit and baggy jeans are cut that way. Just getting a smaller or larger size is not the same.
- Be patient. A bargain is not a bargain if it looks bad on you. There are numerous styles and shapes of jeans on the market check carefully to get the ones that are made for you.
- Muffin Tops belong on Muffins.
- True Religion, Diesel and Armani are only cool if they fit!