Shopping is fun but what can take the fun out of it is when all the sizes in the market start to confuse you. These days all brands have their sizing systems. Globalization means that both US (United States) and EU (European) sizes will be sold together. So here we bring you a simple solution: the perfect guide to 26/27/28/29/30/21/21 or 4/6/8 jeans sizes. So you never have to stand clueless in a store again.
Read up and shop your heart out!
Women’s jeans size chart
Here is a quick size chart review to spot your match. These increase as the height increases. In this section, we’re talking about even sizes, so there is a column for the US Misses standard.
Women more commonly wear the US misses as they fit perfectly on the average height and average figured women. However, odd numbers of junior sizes are also available.
|Jean size women||The US Misses size||Waist (Inches)||Hip (Inches)|
Let’s take a look at how you can avoid being clueless on your next shopping trip. You can take your measurements yourself and cut your trip short instead of trying on every pair available and getting in long lines for the trial room.
How to measure your jeans size at home?
- Wear the right footwear
If you want to be precise, wear the shoes you would normally wear with the pair. This will help you gain an idea about the height of the jeans you need.
- Take note of the inseam.
This is the length of the area from the crotch to the ankle. It is important for any good fitting. Stand with your back against a wall comfortably and get someone else to measure for you, as self-measurements can be hit and miss.
Note both in inches and centimeters to be safe. Keep in mind the inseam can be different for various styles. For instance, the flared style will have a different inseam than skinny and high-waisted ones.
- Measure the hip.
Hold the measuring tape comfortably around the largest part of your hips. You can also get someone else to do this for you.
- Measure waist
Take a measuring tape and measure the smallest part of your waist. This is usually a little above your belly button.
- Measure your thigh.
Now take the measuring take and wrap it around your thigh. Be careful not to hold it too tight or loose.
- Compare it with the brand sizing guide.
In each brand sizing guide, you’ll find inseam length, hip measurements, and thigh mostly laid out size-wise. Keep your recorded measurements close while placing the order. Alternatively, you can also go shopping offline and find the thigh and inseam measurements on the label.
- Keep your best-fitted jeans as a guide.
You can keep your favorite pair that fits you best as a reference. Take measurements of the inseam, the hip, and the thigh, and keep them for your next best pair.
- Take note of your rise.
You might want to note whether your want a high-rise, low-rise, or mid-rise pair. High-rise jeans start at the belly button or just below it. Mid-rise start somewhere between the navel and the hip. Low-rise start at the hip bones.
Types of jeans
Let’s take a look at the sheer variety of denim we have available at hand for every woman out there.
1. Good old skinny
These are your never-failing go-to jeans. They are tight hugging and should sit comfortably at your ankles. The material should have some stretch, so it is much easier to put on and take off. They can come in a high rise or mid-rise as well as a variety of different washes.
2. Mom jeans
Nothing spells comfort like Mom jeans, just like a good hug from your mother. This style has a comfortable fit around the hips and crotch. It starts at a slightly higher waistline and goes down from there. It falls loosely around the ankles and has big pockets on the back.
It’s your go-to when you need to slip into something classy fast.
3. Cigarette style
This is the new work-wear attire that flaunts your figure too. Also known as straight-cut jeans, these fall above your ankle. Why are they called cigarette jeans? Because from the knee-down, they are cut straight right down to the ankle, which makes them look like a cigarette butt. They can also be called Pencil denim or pants.
4. Flared denim
A vintage throwback. Here you’ve got a tight-fitting from waist to knees. But knee-down, you can expect a wide cut down to the ankles. Sometimes they finish off quite low below the ankle. They might be closed or have a slit to emphasize the flare. Either way, it’s a great way to get your vintage game on. Pair it with a crop top, and you’re good to go!
A combination of jeans and leggings was all the rage in the 2010s. A pair of these is a girl’s best friend since you can expect stretchy comfort and a fitted waistband instead of button and zippers. Since they aren’t pure denim, they won’t take as long to dry either.
6. Ripped jeans
These have been in fashion since the 70s but still haven’t gone out of style. A USP of ripped style is a broken knee and some rips in the thigh and below the knee. Its sister distressed denim is another favorite that we talk about below. Pair a lovely white t-shirt for a basic look or a crop top to show off your tummy.
7. Distressed denim
The idea behind these is to make the jeans look old and worn in with fraying edges, rips, and tears, as well as fading dyes. The fit is relaxed and loose. They are typically riskier than ripped jeans. Pair them with a simple top, and you’re good to go! Not too great for workwear, however!
8. Boyfriend Jeans
These come with a baggy silhouette to capture the look of a pair borrowed from the boyfriend. They hang loosely from the waist and aren’t too hugging around the skin. The waist is typically low in contrast to the girlfriend type that sits higher.
These have made a comeback since the ’70s and ’80s, and rightly so! They emphasize the height of the wearer. Although similar to flared type, they end near the ankle and aren’t as wide near the bottom. The name comes from the ability they gave you to wear a snug pair of boots with them. If you’re going for an exaggerated height, you can also pair it with heels.
10. 90’s split hem denim
These are another blast from the past. The straight leg cut is loose but not slouchy. The split hem adds a classy touch and can be paired with a pair of wedges. The splits allow for some much-needed relief on a hot day, contrasting to a skin-tight skinny pair that won’t work in the summer.
What type of jeans looks best in plus size?
Although women can rock any outfit, they feel like wearing. Some suggestions look particularly graceful on the curvy body.
Since most plus-size women want to avoid their thick thighs from standing out, you can expect a modest look from straight-cut denim. These will fall gracefully at the ankles. Pair them with heels to accentuate your lovely figure.
These jeans also emphasize the upper body and can be paired with heels. Pairing with heels is the important part because this gives a subtle elongated effect to the lower body. This is perfect for curvy women.
3. Relaxed fit
Boyfriend or relaxed-fit jeans are perfect for plus-size women. They don’t stress on the thick thighs and well above the ankle, which emphasizes the lower body.
Pro tip: any midi-length skirt, dress, or pants are perfect for plus-sized women.
4. Skinny jeans
A bunch of wide and loose options above doesn’t go to say plus-sized women can’t rock skinny jeans. When you find the perfect pair of skinny jeans, pair it with a spaghetti top and a bomber jacket to look drop-dead gorgeous. Plus-sized clothing is all about flaunting your assets, not overlooking them.
5. High-rise or high-waisted
Some plus-sized women need a quick solution to hide their belly or fat tummy. And that’s where high-rises come to the rescue. They not only hide the belly but also smoothen over it to avoid awkward bulges.
High-rise jeans come in many shapes and forms. These include flared, cowboy, distressed, ripped, or washed denim. All look super stylish to the onlooker and are super relaxed for the wearer!
We’re here to answer some of the most burning questions about jean sizes, both American and EU. Take a look, and you’re life might get simpler!
A 25 in jeans translates to the US misses size of a 2. This means the wearer should have a waist of approximately 25.5-26.5″. The hip should correspond to somewhere between 35″ to 36.5″. It is an XS in international sizing.
A 26 also corresponds to a 2 in the US misses. The waist should be between 26.5″ and -27.5″. The hips lie between 36″ and -37.5″. This would qualify as a XS in international sizing.
This is the US misses 4. Depending on the brand, you can expect the waist to be between 27.5″ and -28.5″. This is an extra small or XS in international size charts. The hip measurement is between 37-38.5″.
This qualifies as S or small in international sizing. You will have to check the precise measurements to get a good fit. The waist usually lies between 28.5″ to 29.5″. The hips are between 38-39.5″. This is the US misses 6.
This is tricky because size 29 is also a Small or S by international standards, but the US misses 8. The waist measurement is between 29.5″ and 30.5″. The hip is between 39-40.5″.
This is US size 10 and international M for women. You can expect the waist to be around 30.5-31.5” and the hip to be between 40-41.5”. Since more than one size can be M, make sure to check these measurements before you purchase.
Again this can get confusing as the like size 30 is an M internationally for women, but a US 12. You can check the precise measurements to avoid confusion. The waist lies between 31.5-32.5″, and the hips are expected to be between 41-42.5″.
This is the US misses size 14 and international L or large for women. If your waist is between 32.5-33.5″ and hip is between 42-43.5″, this is the size for you.
This is a US size 16 and international L for women. You can expect the waist to be between 33.5-35.5″ and the hips to be between 43-44.5″.
What can you pair flared jeans with?
A classic pair of flared jeans is a must in every women’s wardrobe. It can easily be paired with a bodysuit or crop top for a casual but chic look. You can rock a white blouse with puff sleeves or even a sweatshirt. The Levi’s Premium 70’s high-rise flare women’s jeans are a great option if you want to add a new pair!
What can you pair with skinny jeans?
You can pair skinny jeans with your favorite shirt or T-shirt tucked in with a pair of boots. You can add a trench coat in the winter or fall for a bohemian look. Fall looks can incorporate skinny jeans with a poncho and cute scarves. American Eagle’s Ne(X)T level collection is great for shopping for a brand new pair of skinny jeans.
You can even wear a nice lacy bralette that will go perfectly with your skinny jeans. If you’re looking for new bralettes and bras, you might want to check on your bra size or bra sister size before you go shopping. Make sure to check out how to measure for a shirt when your boyfriend needs a new one.
What are some good brands for jeans?
There’s no questioning the good old pair of Levis, especially the 501. But other good brands on the market are making a mark in the denim section. AYR, or All year round, is founded by females and is an independent brand standing out with its unique style of denim. There’s also the classic GAP and the rustic Citizens of Humanity. Mother Denim is a brand inspired by the past and using it to make a splash in the future.
Old Navy, American Eagle, and standard go-to brands, but we’re looking at Boyish jeans for standing out for its take on sustainable denim.
Reformation is a similar brand with a focus on eco-friendly denim and non-chlorine bleaches. They also use about only 30% of the cotton and water that other brands use to make a pair of jeans. If that is not commendable, we don’t know what is!
SLVRLAKE and Paige are also trending on the denim charts right now. They seem to look good on anybody who tries them.