What size pants am I? This question sounds simple but the answer can be much more tricky than you think. Find your perfect fit with our guide! Measure with our easy how-to guide, convert measurements into the right size and find your international size with our pants conversion charts, conversion tools, and size-calculator.
- Most common: W/L – Jeans Sizes: This system uses two numbers, separated either with an x or forward slash, like 34×32 or 28/30.
- US Standard Pants Sizes: This size system ranges from XS to XXXL.
- EU Pants Sizes (Classic Clothing Sizes): Are used in Europe, mainly France, Germany, UK, and Italy. Typical numbers are 40 for women or 50 for men.
Besides the different sizes, there are also various different cuts available such as bootcut, skinny or petite fit, loose fit, and more. You can find more information about different pant cuts below.
Men’s Pants Sizes (Waist)
How to find out your waist size? Measure around your natural waist line in inches or centimeters and use the following table to find your perfect fit.
|Size||Waist in Inches||Waist in Centimeters|
Men’s Pants Size Length
Leg mesurement is done by taking the length of the inseam (inner leg/inside leg).
|Size Length||Length in Inches||Length in Centimeters|
International Pants Size Chart for Men
Use this chart to convert and find any international size. If you do not know your US- oder International size then take measurements first. Euro sizes are nowadays uses troughout most countries in Europe, like Germany, Spain, Greece and all eastern countries. Sizes in France and Italy differ a bit, though modern brands — especially the international ones like Prada, Gucci, Benetton etc use standard european sizes more and more.
|US / Internat. Size||UK Size||Euro Size||French Size||Italian Size|
How to Measure your Size for Pants?
How are pants measured? Nothing easier than that! To find out your pants size, measure the waist first. To do this, you need to place a measuring tape at the narrowest midpoint of the body. If you measure 33.5 inches, then round up to the next number = W34.
Stride length (inseam) is determined by applying the measuring tape along the inside of the leg. You have to measure from the stride length till your foot to get the length. If you measure 31.5 inches, round up to next number = L32. Your pants size is then W34/L32, or just 34/32. Sometimes an ‘x’ is used instead of the dash (34×32).
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.
If you want to measure your inseam (another word for inside leg) then best pick a pair that fit, you very well. You can measure the length of the inseam best if you place your pair of trousers flat on the floor, a table, or the bed. Measure now from the crotch seam (the point where the left and right legs are sewed together) to the bottom of the leg.
In all cases, please also consider the cut of the pant you want to buy. Obviously pants or jeans in petite cut need to be bought in a larger size than loose fit pants as these will have more room at the ankle.
Regular pants 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 centimeters and stride length of between 76 and 78 centimeters. The largest men’s number is 74 and the measurement system increases in steps of 2.
|Waist (Inch)||Length (Inch)||US Size / Internat.||Euro Normal Size||Waist (CM)||Length (CM)|
|26 - 27||30 - 31||XXS||40||66 - 69||76 - 78|
|28 - 29||30 - 31||XS||42||70 - 73||77 - 79|
|29 - 30||31 - 32||XS||44||74 - 77||78 - 80|
|30 - 31||31 - 32||S||46||78 - 81||79 - 81|
|32 - 33||31 - 32||S||48||82 - 85||80 - 82|
|34 - 35||32 - 33||M||50||86 - 89||81 - 83|
|35 - 36||32 - 33||M||52||90 - 94||82 - 84|
|37 - 38||33 - 34||L||54||95 - 99||83 - 85|
|39 - 40||33 - 34||XL||56||100 - 104||84 - 86|
|41 - 42||33 - 34||XL||58||105 - 109||85 - 87|
|43 - 44||34 - 35||XXL||60||110 - 114||86 - 88|
|45 - 46||34 - 35||XXL||62||115 - 119||87 - 89|
|47 - 48||34 - 35||3XL||64||120 - 124||88 - 90|
|49 - 50||35 - 36||3XL||66||125 - 129||89 - 91|
|51 - 52||35 - 36||4XL||68||130 - 134||90 - 92|
|53 - 54||35 - 36||4XL||70||135 - 139||91 - 93|
|55 - 56||36 - 37||5XL||72||140 - 144||92 - 94|
|57 - 58||36 - 37||5XL||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 pair of pants in a so-called “belly size”. These pants go up to the waistline.
In order to determine the correct number, you have to measure approximately at the level of the navel. The belly size system is designed according to the regular system but is given in odd numbers. Belly start at 47 and end at 79.
|Waist (Inch)||Length (Inch)||Euro Belly Size||Waist (CM)||Length (CM)|
|37 - 38||30 - 31||47||96 - 100||75 - 77|
|39 - 40||30 - 31||49||100 - 104||76 - 78|
|41 - 42||30 - 31||51||104 - 108||77 - 79|
|43 - 44||31 - 32||53||108 - 112||78 - 80|
|44 - 46||31 - 32||55||113 - 118||79 - 81|
|46 - 48||31 - 32||57||119 - 124||80 - 82|
|49 - 50||32 - 33||59||125 - 129||81 - 83|
|51 - 52||32 - 33||61||130 - 135||82 - 84|
|53 - 54||32 - 33||63||136 - 141||83 - 85|
|55 - 56||33 - 34||65||142 - 146||84 - 86|
|57 - 58||33 - 34||67||147 - 150||85 - 87|
|59 - 60||34 - 35||69||151 - 154||86 - 88|
|61 - 62||34 - 35||71||155 - 158||87 - 89|
|63 - 64||34 - 35||73||159 - 162||88 - 90|
|65 - 66||34 - 35||75||163 - 166||89 - 91|
|67 - 68||35 - 36||77||167 - 170||90 - 92|
|68 - 69||35 - 36||79||171 - 174||91 - 93|
Chunky pants sizes for men
Have you got the beginnings of a paunch, slightly shorter legs or bigger thighs? Then maybe a pair of pants in a chunky size is right for you. Chunky pants are worn below the belly or waistline, usually with a slightly shorter leg length. The system starts at number 23 and ends at number 34.
|Waist (Inch)||Lenght (Inch)||Euro Chunky Size||Waist (CM)||Length (CM)|
|32 - 33||30 - 31||23||82 - 85||75 - 77|
|33 - 34||30 - 31||24||86 - 89||76 - 78|
|34 - 35||30 - 31||25||90 - 93||77 - 79|
|35 - 36||31 - 32||26||94 - 97||78 - 80|
|37 - 38||31 - 32||27||98 - 101||79 - 81|
|39 - 41||31 - 32||28||102 - 106||80 - 82|
|42 - 44||32 - 33||29||107 - 111||81 - 83|
|44 - 45||32 - 33||30||112 - 115||82 - 84|
|46 - 47||32 - 33||31||116 - 119||83 - 85|
|47 - 48||33 - 34||32||120 - 123||84 - 86|
|48 - 49||33 - 34||33||124 - 127||85 - 87|
|50 - 51||35 - 36||34||128 - 131||86 - 88|
Pant sizes for slim men
Are you a slim and tall man and hence have slim thighs? 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 centimeters and the waistband width is between 71 and 104 centimeters. The sizes start at 88 and end at 114.
|Waist (Inch)||Length (Inch)||Euro Slim Size||Waist (CM)||Length (CM)|
|28 - 29||33 - 34||88||71 - 74||83 - 85|
|29 - 30||33 - 34||90||74 - 77||84 - 86|
|30 - 31||33 - 34||94||78 - 81||85 - 87|
|32 - 33||34 - 35||98||82 - 85||86 - 88|
|34 - 35||34 - 35||102||86 - 89||87 - 89|
|35 - 36||34 - 35||106||90 - 94||88 - 90|
|37 - 38||35 - 36||110||95 - 99||89 - 91|
|39 - 40||35 - 36||114||100 - 104||90 - 92|
Pants Width and Length in Inch (W/L)
Most American pants sizes are based on width and length, measured in units of inches. All well-known manufacturers use two measurements: waistband to get the width and length of inseam/legs.
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.
This means: if you chose a pair of jeans, slacks, pants or khakis that say 34×33, it means the waist is 34 inches long and the inseam is 33 inches long. Pants are produced in many, many different waistband and stride length combinations so that you can easily find the right pants for your individual physique.
What is the first/second number in pants size?
The first number in pants is width: The size of the waistband is usually indicated with a W. For pants with a value of W25, 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 centimeters. The standard minimum value for men’s pants is W 28, with waistband widths of up to W40.
The second number in pants is length: 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 2.54 centimeters. Therefore, a pair of pants with a length of 32 inches has a stride length of 81 centimeters.
Women’s Pants Size Charts
|Waist (Inch)||Hips (Inch)||US Size / Internat.||Euro Size||Waist (CM)||Hips (CM)|
|24 - 25||33 - 34||XXS||32||61 - 63||84 - 87|
|25 - 26||35 - 36||XS||34||64 - 66||88 - 91|
|27 - 28||37 - 38||S||36||67 - 70||92 - 95|
|28 - 29||38 - 39||S||38||71 - 74||96 - 98|
|29 - 30||39 - 40||M||40||75 - 78||99 - 101|
|31 - 32||40 - 41||M||42||79 - 82||102 - 104|
|33 - 34||41 - 42||L||44||83 - 87||105 - 108|
|35 - 37||43 - 44||L||46||88 - 93||109 - 112|
|38 - 39||44 - 45||XL||48||94 - 99||113 - 116|
|40 - 41||46 - 48||XL||50||100 - 106||117 - 121|
|42 - 43||48 - 50||XXL||52||107 - 112||122 - 126|
|44 - 46||50 - 52||XXL||54||113 - 119||127 - 132|
|47 - 49||53 - 54||3XL||56||120 - 126||133 - 138|
|50 - 52||55 - 57||3XL||58||127 - 133||139 - 144|
|53 - 55||57 - 59||4XL||60||134 - 140||145 - 150|
|56 - 58||60 - 61||4XL||62||141 - 147||151 - 156|
Use this women’s pant conversion chart to find your american or european size. How do you read this chart? Actually its quite easy: Measure your waist and hips in inch or centimeters. Then choose the according row in the tabel. In this way its really simple to find your european pant sizes or convert from Euro to US-american size. For example: If you have a waist of 34.5 inches, round up and go for 35 inches. Your size is a US L or Euro 46.
Women’s International Pants Sizes
|US / Internat. Size||UK Size||Euro Size||French Size||Italian Size|
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 50 in Europe.
British pant sizes
If you want to know which European pair of pants corresponds to the British pant size, you need to do the same as you did with an American pant, that is, add 10. Therefore, a pair of pants with the British size 48 corresponds to a 58 in Europe. In Britain, pants are referred to as trousers. British trouser sizes correspond to US trousers as described above.
Italian pant 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 and Italian styles often come in petite cut or skinny fit.
French pant sizes
French and European pants systems differ. If you want to buy pants in size 40, you must choose a 42 in France. There is thus a difference in assorted lots.
(For more information on the Asian measurement guides, click here.)
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. Also, there are bootcut pants which have a wider cut of the lower legs area. Bootcut can be found from many American brands.
Bootcut paints often also have straight legs but in contrast to straight cut, the legs are wider on the bottom to make room for boots. Straight cut pants do not have that additional space. They just have straight legs from top to bottom.
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, Capri pants, and hot pants have a rather narrow cut.
Skinny or petite fit is the newest trend. Here the pants are not loose at the ankle but (very) tight fitting. For many people, petite fit does not work well as their calves might be too large.
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.
The latest trend is to wear pants that are made of stretch material. This is even true for denim jeans. Stretch material has the advantage to adapt to the different shapes of people wearing the clothes. Also stretch pants grow and shrink with the owner.
Which pants brands are the most famous?
Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, Dockers, Carhartt, Unionbay, Van Heusen, Columbia, Dickies, Arctix, Wrangler, J. Crew, Zanella, Bonobos, Ted Baker, Haggar, JB Britches, Santorelli, Hugo Boss, Brax
To learn more about the differences in sizing across brands, click here.
At a Glance
- To determine your pants size, you need to measure your (1) waistband (W) and (2) leg or step length (L). Pants sizes in the U.S. are typically labelled as W(x)/L(y) (e.g., W34/L32 or 34/32).
- The waistband is always measured at the narrowest point of the body, namely the waist. If you measure 33.5 inches, then round up to the next number (i.e., W34).
- For the pants length (inseam), measure the inside of the leg, from the crotch all the way down at the level of the ankle or foot. If you measure 31.5 inches, then round up to the next number (i.e., L32).
- For women’s pants sizes, however, you need to measure your waist and hips in inch or centimeters and refer to a size chart. For international sizes, you need an international conversion size chart.
- Pants sizes vary between the different brands and cuts. Today, no clear standards are available, which is why you need to refer to the specific size charts of each brand to find pants that fit you best.