Understanding Women's Jeans Sizes
Women's jeans sizes can vary greatly depending on the style, fit, and brand. All jeans are based on the measurement of the waist, hip, and inseam, which could vary per cut and style. The US generally uses the Size 0 standard, which corresponds to a waist and hips range for jeans sizes. There is a ½ inch difference between both the waist and hip for every size up.
How do Women’s Jean Sizes Work?
The other sizing system is the Waist/Inseam (W/L) measurement, which exactly shows the waist size and the measurement of the inside leg of the jeans. If a pair of jeans, for example, says 36×34, then it means the jeans have a waist size of 36 inches and an inseam of 34 inches. Another commonly used sizing standard is the Standard sizing or “SML” sizing which has sizes equivalent for labels small, medium, large, etc.
Women’s Jeans Size Chart
Women’s jeans sizes vary from brand to brand, depending on the sizing standard used by different manufacturers particularly on the waist and hips area. The inseam tends to be a standard 28, 30, 32, and 34, depending on the manufacturer but all indicated in inches. A tag 26/32, for example, means that the jeans have 26” waist measurement and 32” inseam/length.
|Jean Size Women (W)||US Misses Size||International Size||Waist (Inches)||Hip (Inches)|
|23||00||XXS||23.5” - 24.5”||33” - 34.5”|
|24||0||XXS||24.5” - 25.5”||34” - 35.5”|
|25/26||2||XS||25.5” - 27.5”||34.5” - 36.5”|
|27||4||XS||27.5” - 28.5”||37” - 38.5”|
|28||6||S||28.5” - 29.5”||38” - 39.5”|
|29||8||S||29.5” - 30.5”||39” - 40.5”|
|30||10||M||30.5” - 31.5”||40” - 41.5”|
|31||12||M||31.5” - 32.5”||41” - 42.5”|
|32||14||L||32.5” - 33.5”||42” - 43.5”|
|33||16||L||33.5” - 34.5”||43” - 44.5”|
|34||18||XL||34.5” - 36.5”||44.5” - 46.5”|
|36||20||XL||36.5” - 38.5”||46.5” - 48.5”|
|38||22||XXL||38.5” - 40.5”||48.5” - 50.5”|
|40||24||XXL||40.5” - 42.5”||50.5” - 52.5”|
|42||26||XXXL||42.5” - 44.5”||52.5” - 54.5”|
Women’s Jeans Size Chart Conversion
Aside from style, women’s jeans could also be sized differently per country, depending on the sizing standard. But then, even brands from the same country could be using different sizes. In general, to convert US women’s jeans size to UK size, simply add 4 to your American size. To convert US jeans size to EU sizes, add 30. To find your Japanese jean’s size, simply add 3 to your existing US women’s jeans size.
Men to Women’s Jeans Size Conversion
The cut of jeans between men and women differ significantly. Jeans for women often focus on emphasizing the curves. The hip measurement is also usually wider compared to men, and the waistband/waist circumference and hip circumference is also larger for women’s jeans than men’s. As a rule of thumb, to convert men’s jeans size to women, simply subtract 21 to the male’s jeans size to get the closest women’s size equivalent, although you might have to still consider the inseam size as women’s jeans tend to have wider hips and narrower waist than men’s.
|Men's Jeans Size||Waist Size
|Women's Jeans Size|
|21||24” - 24.5”||0|
|23||25” - 25.5”||2|
|25||26” - 26.5”||4|
|27||27” - 27.5” ||6|
|29||28” - 28.5”||8|
|31||29” - 29.5”||10|
|33||30” - 30.5”||12|
|35||31” - 31.5”||14|
|37||32” - 32.5”||16|
|39||33” - 33.5”||18|
Women Jeans Size Calculator
You can also easily find your perfect fitting jeans size using our own Women Jeans Size Calculator here. You’ll only need your waist size and the measurement of your inseam in either inches or centimeters.
Women’s Jeans Cuts and their Impact on Sizing
Aside from the waist, hips, and length (inseam) measurement, sometimes, the style and cut of jeans especially the wide selection of styles for women, affect the sizing of women’s jeans. High waist and low waist jeans, for example, considers different measurements for the waist. In general, women’s jeans can be categorized into the high-waist rise, medium-rise or low-rise, depending on how high in the waist the jeans are worn.
What Size is a 34 Inch Waist in Women’s Jeans?
A jean with 34 inches (ca. 86 centimeters) waist approximately corresponds to a US size 20 or XL size. However this value can differ significantly by brand.
Special About Washes and Finishes
Denim washing and finishing techniques have recently been on trend to create a wider variety of look and print for denim wear and jeans. Different denim washes include acid wash, rinse wash, mid wash, light wash, bleach wash, black/grey, white denim wash, colored denim, all-over tinting, and coated denim.
Famous Jeans Brands
Famous jeans brands in the US include Old Navy, Forever21, Diesel, Levis, Wrangler, Lee, GAP, Calvin Klein, G-Star, Guess, Vanquish, Balmain, H&M, Topshop, Lucky Brand Jeans, 7 For All Mankind and True Religion.
Levi’s Women’s Jeans Size Chart
Levi’s Women’s Jeans Size Chart provides a detailed guide to understanding the sizing and measurements of Levi's women's jeans. It provides detailed measurements for various sizes, including bottoms, tops, shoes, belts, hats, and gloves.
How to Measure Women's Jeans
When measuring for women's jeans, there are three main measurements to consider: the waist, the hips, and the inseam.
Waist: Measure around the narrowest part of your waist, usually just above the belly button. Make sure the tape measure is level all the way around and not too tight. This is your waist measurement.
Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, usually around the level of your hip bones. Again, ensure the tape measure is level and not too tight. This is your hip measurement.
Inseam: This is the measurement from the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg. You can measure a pair of jeans that fit you well by laying them flat and measuring from the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
Remember, different brands and styles can fit differently, so it's always a good idea to check the brand's specific size guide if possible.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: How do I know what size jeans I wear?A: You can determine your jeans size by measuring your waist, hips, and inseam. Then, compare these measurements to the brand's size chart to find your size.
Q: How do I convert my jeans size to international sizes?A: To convert US women’s jeans size to UK size, simply add 4 to your American size. To convert US jeans size to EU sizes, add 30. To find your Japanese jean’s size, simply add 3 to your existing US women’s jeans size.
Q: What does the W/L on my jeans mean?A: The W/L on your jeans stands for Waist/Length. The first number is the waist measurement and the second number is the inseam length.
Q: How should women's jeans fit?A: Women's jeans should fit snugly around the waist and hips, without being too tight. They should not gap at the back when you sit or stand. The length of the jeans can vary depending on personal preference and the style of the jeans.
Q: How do I measure the inseam for women's jeans?A: The inseam is the measurement from the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg. You can measure a pair of jeans that fit you well by laying them flat and measuring from the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.