Finding the right pants size is often more difficult than you think. There are different size systems for women, men and children. In addition to the classic US and European clothing size, there are also specific jeans sizes in inches as well as in international sizes. In the following instructions, you will learn how to calculate and convert the appropriate pant size.
These types of sizes are available:
- Classic clothing sizes: These sizes are used in Europe, such as size 40 for women and 50 for men. As a rule, sizes of clothing items such as smart suits are shown in classic clothing sizes.
- International pant sizes: There are various international sizes. Apart from the English, French and Italian sizes, there is the international US size system ranging from XS to XXXL.
- Jeans sizes: Trendy brands and youngster labels especially show the waistband and pant length sizes. These two sizes are usually separated by a forward slash such as, for example, 28/30. Jeans sizes are based on inches and not centimetres.
Women’s pant size charts
|61 - 63||84 - 87||32||XXS|
|64 - 66||88 - 91||34||XS|
|67 - 70||92 - 95||36||S|
|71 - 74||96 - 98||38||S|
|75 - 78||99 - 101||40||M|
|79 - 82||102 - 104||42||M|
|83 - 87||105 - 108||44||L|
|88 - 93||109 - 112||46||L|
|94 - 99||113 - 116||48||XL|
|100 - 106||117 - 121||50||XL|
|107 - 112||122 - 126||52||XXL|
|113 - 119||127 - 132||54||XXL|
|120 - 126||133 - 138||56||3XL|
|127 - 133||139 - 144||58||3XL|
|134 - 140||145 - 150||60||4XL|
|141 - 147||151 - 156||62||4XL|
Women’s international pant sizes
International pant sizes for men
|International Size / US||EU-Size|
Pant size charts for men
The classic pant size for men correlates with the wearer’s figure. There are different size charts for different figures. The figure it suits best can be determined by means of the waistband as well as the stride length. Both values can be determined with a tape measure.
To measure the waist, you need to place the tape at the narrowest midpoint of the body. Stride length is determined by applying the measuring tape along the inside of the leg. You have to measure from the stride length till your foot. If you want to buy suit pants, you should make sure that the measure stops just before the ground. In this way you will ensure that the suit pants fall neatly on the top of your shoes. This is different in the case of casual pants, because it is sufficient for you to measure half the heel height. This also ensures that the pants are not soiled too quickly – for example, during outdoor trips.
Regular pant sizes for men
Pants with classic clothing sizes are a classic fit and usually stand just below the navel. The starting size for men is 40, with a waistband width of between 66 and 69 centimetres and stride length of between 76 and 78 centimetres. The largest men’s size is 74 and the measurement system increases in steps of 2.
|Normal Size (CM)||Waist (CM)||Length (CM)|
|40||66 - 69||76 - 78|
|42||70 - 73||77 - 79|
|44||74 - 77||78 - 80|
|46||78 - 81||79 - 81|
|48||82 - 85||80 - 82|
|50||86 - 89||81 - 83|
|52||90 - 94||82 - 84|
|54||95 - 99||83 - 85|
|56||100 - 104||84 - 86|
|58||105 - 109||85 - 87|
|60||110 - 114||86 - 88|
|62||115 - 119||87 - 89|
|64||120 - 124||88 - 90|
|66||125 - 129||89 - 91|
|68||130 - 134||90 - 92|
|70||135 - 139||91 - 93|
|72||140 - 144||92 - 94|
|74||145 - 149||93 - 95|
Belly sizes for men’s pants
If you are a man who prefers a slightly higher waistband, you should opt for a pant in a so-called belly size. In order to determine the correct belly size, you have to measure approximately at the level of the navel. The belly size system is designed according to the regular size system, but is given in odd numbers. Belly sizes start at size 47 and end at size 79.
|Normal Size||Waist (CM)||Length (CM)|
|47||96 - 100||75 - 77|
|49||100 - 104||76 - 78|
|51||104 - 108||77 - 79|
|53||108 - 112||78 - 80|
|55||113 - 118||79 - 81|
|57||119 - 124||80 - 82|
|59||125 - 129||81 - 83|
|61||130 - 135||82 - 84|
|63||136 - 141||83 - 85|
|65||142 - 146||84 - 86|
|67||147 - 150||85 - 87|
|69||151 - 154||86 - 88|
|71||155 - 158||87 - 89|
|73||159 - 162||88 - 90|
|75||163 - 166||89 - 91|
|77||167 - 170||90 - 92|
|79||171 - 174||91 - 93|
Chunky sizes for men
Have you got the beginnings of a paunch or slightly shorter legs? Then maybe a pair of pants in a chunky size is right for you. Pants in chunky sizes are worn below the belly, usually with a slightly shorter leg length. The size system starts at size 23 and ends at size 34.
|Normal Size||Waist (CM)||Length (CM)|
|23||82 - 85||75 - 77|
|24||86 - 89||76 - 78|
|25||90 - 93||77 - 79|
|26||94 - 97||78 - 80|
|27||98 - 101||79 - 81|
|28||102 - 106||80 - 82|
|29||107 - 111||81 - 83|
|30||112 - 115||82 - 84|
|31||116 - 119||83 - 85|
|32||120 - 123||84 - 86|
|33||124 - 127||85 - 87|
|34||128 - 131||86 - 88|
Pant sizes for slim men
Are you a slim and tall man? Then you should fit pants in so-called slim sizes quite well. The stride length of pants in slim sizes is between 83 and 92 centimetres and the waistband width is between 71 and 104 centimetres. The sizes start at 88 and end at 114.
|Normal Size||Waist (CM)||Length (CM)|
|88||71 - 74||83 - 85|
|90||74 - 77||84 - 86|
|94||78 - 81||85 - 87|
|98||82 - 85||86 - 88|
|102||86 - 89||87 - 89|
|106||90 - 94||88 - 90|
|110||95 - 99||89 - 91|
|114||100 - 104||90 - 92|
Pant width and pant length in W/L inch
The only drawback is that American sizes are based on units of inches. In terms of the pant size, all well-known manufacturers give two measurements. While the first measure is between 26 and 48 and indicates the waistband, the second measure is between 30 and 36 and reflects stride length. Men’s pants are produced in many different waistband and stride length combinations so that you can easily find the right pants for your individual physique.
The size of the waistband is usually indicated with a W. For pants with a value of W 25, this is taken to mean a pair of pants with the smallest, most common waistband width, namely 25 inches. This waistband width is especially for women’s jeans, but can be found among jeans for boys and corresponds to a waistband of 63.5 centimetres. The standard minimum value for men’s pants is W 28, with waistband widths of up to W 40.
The leg length for pants is also indicated in inches and is marked with an L. Just as with classic clothing sizes, the inner seam of the pants is measured as well. In principle, the length of men and women’s jeans are not different and range from a length of 30 inches, i.e. L 30, to a length of 36 inches, i.e. L 36. Individual manufacturers also produce pants in intermediate sizes, which are indicated by odd numbers.
The combination of two numbers, which can be found on jeans and other casual pants thus identifies the waistband width as well as stride length. A pair of pants in size 30/32 therefore has a waistband of 30 inches and stride length of 32 inches. If you want to convert the size to the metric system, you must use factor 2.54, because an inch is equal to 2.45 centimetres. Therefore, a pair of pants with a length of 32 inches has a stride length of 81 centimetres.
American pant sizes
If you would like to convert an American clothing size into a European clothing or pant size, this is child’s play, because you only need to add a value of 10. In other words: A pair of pants with the American size 40 corresponds to a size 50 in Europe.
British pant sizes
If you want to know which European pant size corresponds to the British pant size, you need to do the same as you did with an American pant size, that is, add 10. Therefore, a pair of pants with the British size 48 corresponds to a size 58 in Europe.
Italian clothing sizes
There is no formal difference between Italian and European pant sizes, because Italy and Europe work with the same measurement system. When buying a pair of pants, you should remember, however, that pants made by Italian manufacturers are usually a little narrower.
French clothing sizes
French and European pant sizes differ. If you want to buy pants in size 40, you must choose size 42 in France. There is thus a difference in assorted lots.
Pants: These cutting forms are available
One criterion with which to classify different types of pants is the cut. Regarding pant length, they can be distinguished among long pants, 7/8 and 3/4 pants, as well as shorts and hot pants. In addition, pants are differentiated according to how wide they are, what leg shape they have, or how high the waistband is. This is how, for example, pants with a rather low waistband are called hipsters, and pants with a very high waistband are called High Waist pants.
So-called Baggy pants are wide cut, with a waistband that sits under the hip. Baggy pants and Cargo pants have a similar cut, but Cargo pants do not sit below the waist.
Leggings, Treggings, stirrup pants as well as drainpipe pants, skinny jeans, Capri pants and hot pants have a rather narrow cut.
While Capri pants reach the middle of the calves and are usually slightly slit at the sides, hot pants are narrow, tight shorts.
Flared pants are among the pant models with a narrow top and wide bottom, which are also often called Trumpet pants because of their trumpet-like shape.